Celtics' Jabari Bird Remains Hospitalized After Arrest

The relationship between Bird and the alleged victim was not immediately clear

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird remains hospitalized after his arrest Friday for what police are calling a domestic incident and it is unclear when he might be arraigned.

Bird, 24, faces several charges, including strangulation, assault, battery and kidnapping, according to the Boston Police Department. He remains at an undisclosed hospital, according to the Boston Globe.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said Bird and the alleged victim had a romantic relationship. The Celtics said they were notified of the arrest and have conducted an investigation.

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

Bird was expected to appear before a judge on Monday in Brighton, but the Suffolk District Attorney's Office said he is still hospitalized and they are not sure when he will be discharged and transported for arraignment.

Fans expressed their disappointment with the NBA guard's arrest.

"You make it all the way to the NBA and just throw it all away with both hands. I just don't get it," Jim Barry said.

Others agreed.

"That's crazy," Celtics fan Veronica Harry said. "it's a bad message to be sending to your fans."

Bird was evaluated at a nearby hospital following the alleged incident and the victim was treated at a separate hospital.

The Boston Celtics drafted Bird 56th in 2017 in the NBA draft. The two-year deal was reportedly for $3 million, USA Today reported at the time. Bird was reported to become a restricted free agent in 2020.

Bird, 24, is listed as 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 200 lbs., according to NBA stats. He played for the University of California, Berkeley's California Golden Bears before joining the Celtics.

NBC10 Boston reached out to Bird's agent but hasn't yet heard back.

Bird did not have an attorney on file, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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