Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two new charges stemming from a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend last September.
According to prosecutors, the woman had told police that Bird strangled her and threw her against a wall after they got into an argument at Birds residence.
The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird, the team said at the time.
Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBAs 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.
For a Celtics team near the luxury-tax line, those savings could be substantial, particularly if they were to sign a player to replace Bird on the roster.