BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing charges including strangulation and kidnapping following an alleged assault in Brighton.
Bird was a second round pick by the team a year ago. He was signed to a 2-year contract with the first year fully guaranteed in July.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 1,734 New COVID Cases, 46 Additional Deaths
WBZ-TV’s I-Team first reported that Bird is now in custody at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where he is being evaluated. Boston Police’s domestic violence unit is now investigating the alleged assault, which occurred Friday night.
Boston Police said the victim in the alleged assault is being treated elsewhere.READ MORE: Police Investigating After Woman Says Baby Was Found In Trash Can On Dorchester Avenue
Former Celtic great Cedric Maxwell was quick to react to the news.
“I’m really shocked, it’s a very serious allegation,” Maxwell said. “But very concerned right now about Jabari Bird, but I’m also concerned about the victim in this situation. It’s just a horrible situation for everybody.”
Bird is expected to be arraigned on Monday. The Celtics released a statement on the incident.MORE NEWS: Owners Of Truck Company Charged In Connection To Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists
“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously. We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time,” the team said.