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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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Report: Celtics to work out Marcus​ Georges-Hunt​

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Report: Celtics to work out Marcus​ Georges-Hunt​

With Jabari Bird's situation in limbo after his arrest on domestic-assault charges, the Celtics reportedly will bring in swingman Marcus​ Georges-Hunt for a workout today.

The news was first reported by Jay King of The Athletic. (Subscripton required)

Georges-Hunt came to training camp with the Celtics in 2016 and wound up on the roster of the Maine Red Claws after being cut. The 6-foot-5 product of Georgia Tech has played 47 games in the NBA -- five with Orlando in 2016-17, and 42 with Minnesota last season.

From A. Sherrod Blakely's 2016 profile of Georges-Hunt:

Georges-Hunt is a 6-foot-5 college combo guard who has shown an ability to play -- and play well -- whatever position where he's needed in order for his team to be successful. But there’s little hope that the undrafted Georges-Hunt will see a similar career trajectory as a profession . . . The one thing Georges-Hunt showed in college was a steady level of improvement in most categories . . . The greatest benefit for him (in 2016) is that being around the Celtics coaching staff and learning their system will benefit him greatly if he’s waived and then decides to sign with the Maine Red Claws.