Celtics guard Jabari Bird pleaded not guilty in Brighton Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon to two charges related to a recent domestic violence incident.
Bird, 24, was hit with several charges--including kidnapping and strangulation—back in early September; he plead not guilty to all charges.
The case is pretty ugly. Here's a portion from a Boston.com article written about it:
According to the police report, Bird was arrested Friday night in Brighton for a domestic incident in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, a student at a local college, over a period of four hours in his residence. The victim told police Bird choked her, threw her against a wall, and kicked her multiple times in the stomach. The victim said she lost consciousness at one point and found herself on the floor under Bird’s bed when she awoke.
“She stated that he had strangled her approximately a dozen times, where he had a pattern of when she began to go ‘limp,’ he would stop and allow her to regain her breath, and then continuing to strangle her again,” the police report said.
Bird prevented the victim from leaving his home and, at one point, dragged her away from the door by the ankles, according to the report. The victim said Bird locked her in the bathroom and he was passed out when she finally emerged after an extended period of time. The victim told police Bird displayed “seizure-like” symptoms.
“She stated that she then picked him off the ground and managed to put him on the bed where he was asleep,” the police report said. “Victim stated that she then left the apartment, and took custody of Bird’s friend’s vehicle and drove back to her dorm.”
The victim was treated for injuries sustained at Boston Children’s Hospital. An officer observed cut marks on the victim’s neck and a bruise on her left ear, according to the report. The victim told the officer she also had multiple bumps on her head. The doctor who treated the victim confirmed the aforementioned injuries and also observed internal bleeding behind the victim’s ear.
Bird was taken 56th overall by the Celtics in the 2017 NBA draft. In 13 games during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 8.8 minutes and 3.0 points in 13 games.