NBA: Celtics’ Jabari Bird facing possible assault and kidnapping charges, police say

California guard Jabari Bird (23) celebrates with forward Cole Welle, right, during a game against Stanford in Berkeley on Feb. 6, 2016. California won 76-61.
(Jason O. Watson / Associated Press)

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing charges after what authorities are calling a domestic incident.

The Boston Police Department said in a statement Saturday that Bird was being guarded by police at a hospital and was undergoing an evaluation after the incident Friday in the city’s Brighton neighborhood.

Police said the victim involved was taken to a different hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the incident.

Police said complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. No other details were immediately released.


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

A message left with Bird’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, was not immediately returned.

Bird, 24, played his college basketball at California where he earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors and led the Golden Bears in scoring in his final season at the school. He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3.0 points per game.

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