Celtics' Jabari Bird pleads not guilty to assault, kidnapping, strangulation


The Celtics' Jabari Bird pleaded not guilty to four felony charges on Thursday and maintained his innocence as he was arraigned on allegations that he repeatedly assaulted his girlfriend last week.

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arraigned on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a unsafe weapon, strangulation and kidnapping Thursday morning.

Bird was in custody at St. Elizabeth's Hospital following the incident. Bail was set at $100,000 - with $50,000 required in cash - according to MassLive's Jacqueline Tempera.

"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the statement reads.

Bird's girlfriend escaped when he eventually suffered "seizure-like symptoms" and passed out, according to the police report.

On Thursday, the Celtics released a statement saying the team does not condone domestic violence in any way and is "deeply disturbed" by the allegations against Bird. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".

Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend, a college student, to the point that she lost consciousness for a period of time.

The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. When Bird came to, he allegedly texted her and threatened to kill himself if she did not return to the apartment.

4 p.m.: This report has been updated with news of Jabari Bird taking time off from the Celtics and a Milwaukee police officer being fired in aftermath of the stun gun arrest of Bucks' player Sterling Brown. The team will have no further comment at this time.

Bird had been held at a local hospital for evaluation, which delayed the arraignment hearing to Thursday.

Bird then signed a two-year, standard National Basketball Association contract in July - making him an official member of the Celtics' 15-man roster - after averaging 16.8 points on 57 percent shooting in summer league. He spent his rookie season on a two-way contract and in July signed a two-year deal, with the first year fully guaranteed at $1.35 million. His next court date is set for October 25. He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3 points per game.