A bright young shining star in the Boston Celtics basketball organization may have just seen his promising career destroyed before it really even got off the ground — and initial reports indicate he has nobody to blame but himself.
Talented new shooting guard Jabari Bird was arrested on Friday by Boston police after it was alleged that he assaulted, choked, and kidnapped another person in what was described as a “domestic incident.”
Alleged domestic violence
According to Fox News, the 24-year-old basketball star was being evaluated under police guard at a local hospital while his alleged victim was treated at a different hospital for injuries obtained during the alleged incident that occurred in the Brighton area of the city.
The police have offered few details on exactly what occurred, but they noted that “complaints will be sought” against Bird for the crimes of assault and battery, strangulation, and kidnapping.
Sergeant John Boyle, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department, told reporters: “[Bird] is expected to appear in Brighton District Court on Monday, where complaints will be sought against him.”
The Boston Celtics organization released a rather brief and tersely-worded statement with regard to the alleged incident that likely wasn’t particularly comforting to Bird.
“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously,” the organization stated. “We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”
Promising career cut short?
Bird was touted as a rising star in the Celtics organization who’d spent most of last season developing his skills with a minor league basketball team, only appearing in 13 games for the Celtics over the course of the year while averaging only 3 points per game in the handful of professional appearances.
The Boston Sports Journal reported that Bird has been training in preparation for the upcoming season at the Celtics facility over the past several weeks.
Bird, who was picked in the second round of the 2017 draft, had just signed a lucrative two-year deal with the club in July.
To be sure, Bird’s potentially career-ending crimes are only allegations at this point, and he should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.
That said, things certainly don’t look good for the young basketball star at the moment, and it will be interesting to see how the Celtics and the club’s fans will react as more information about this alleged criminal domestic incident is made public.