Jabari Bird

Report: Celtics waive Georges-Hunt, await NBA decision on Jabari Bird

Report: Celtics waive Georges-Hunt, await NBA decision on Jabari Bird

The Celtics have waived guard Marcus Georges Hunt, who was signed late in training camp, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

Georges-Hunt could be re-signed after the Celtics get a resolution of Jabari Bird's status, Keith Smith of CelticsBlog reports. Bird is inactive as the NBA continues an investigation of his arrest on domestic violence charges. 

The Celtics can't cut Bird until they have a decision on his status from the NBA, which handles all domestic violence cases involving league personnel. If the NBA rules the contract can be voided, it won't count against the team's salary cap and could clear the way for Hunt to re-sign. 

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Bird says he's stepping away from Celtics

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Bird says he's stepping away from Celtics

In the midst of domestic violence allegations, Celtics guard Jabari Bird said on Thursday he is stepping away from the team.

Bird was held on $50,000 bail on charges he assaulted his girlfriend on Friday. He is facing charges of strangulation, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping, and according to prosecutors, strangled her several times and she lost consciousness at several points.

According to Athletic writer Shams Charania, Bird will step away to deal with legal issues.

“I do not condone violence against women," said Bird. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone’s trust.”

The Celtics released a statement earlier on Thursday: 

Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird. Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA’s labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations. The team will have no further comment at this time.

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Jabari Bird's bail set at $50,000 on domestic-violence charges

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Jabari Bird's bail set at $50,000 on domestic-violence charges

Jabari Bird was arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court today, and bail was set at $50,000, on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend in a domestic-violence incident last Friday.

Prosecutors said the Celtics guard repeatedly strangled his girlfriend, causing her to lose consciousness at several points. He is facing charges that include strangulation, kidnapping, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping.

Both Bird and the alleged victim were hospitalized after the incident, at separate institutions. Bird's arraingment originally was scheduled for Monday, but was postponed because he was still in the hospital.

The Celtics released a statement after the arraignment:

Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird. Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA’s labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations. The team will have no further comment at this time.

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