Jabari Bird will take time away from Celtics to deal with legal, medical issues
Jabari Bird is deciding to step away from the Boston Celtics indefinitely while he looks to address his legal and medical issues. According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, Bird released a statement that reads:
“I’m taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues. I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the NBA for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused. The information that has been released does not tell the full story. I do not condone violence against women. I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone’s trust.”
Bird is dealing with legal troubles that stem from an incident that occurred last Friday. According to ESPN News Services, Bird is accused of strangling a woman multiple times over a four-hour period.
This is not a good look for Bird or the Celtics and the organization has already said they are “deeply disturbed” by the allegations. This story is far from over and it’s unclear where things go from here.
Bird recently signed a two-year deal worth just under $3 million in July. The former second-round pick only appeared in 13 games for Boston last season.
As this story continues to develop, the Celtics parting ways with Bird continues to look like a likely scenario. He isn’t one of the key pieces on the roster and they don’t have much invested into him. If the police reports are true, his actions were despicable and he has no place on an NBA roster. Until then, we will wait to see how this story unfolds.