Police: Celtics’ Jabari Bird Faces Charges On Assault, Kidnapping

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Celtics guard Jabari Bird has been arrested and is facing charges including assault and kidnapping after an alleged domestic violence incident in Brighton Friday night, Boston Police said.

Police say Bird, 24, is being guarded at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, where he is being evaluated. The alleged victim was transported to a separate hospital for treatment. There's been no word on that victim.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously,” the Celtics said in a statement Saturday. “We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”

Bird is expected in Brighton District Court on Monday. Charges will be sought for assault and battery 209A, strangulation, and kidnapping.

The team signed 24-year-old Bird to a two-year contract in July, making him a part of the team’s 15-man roster. He was drafted by the Celtics in 2017.

Former Boston Celtics player Cedric Maxwell told WBZ-TV he's shocked by this serious allegation.

"I'm very shocked right now about Jabari Bird, but I'm also concerned about the victim in this situation," he said. "It's just a horrible situation for everybody."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker (@radiobenparker) reports

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