Ex-Celtic Jabari Bird makes plea in domestic assault case

March 11, 2019
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018 file photo, Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird appears for arraignment on domestic violence charges at Brighton Municipal Court in Boston. Bird admitted to sufficient facts during a hearing Monday, March 11, 2019, in a complaint charging him with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. While not an admission of guilt, pleading to sufficient facts means the defendant acknowledges a likely conviction at trial. Bird, who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in February, was released on bail after the hearing pending sentencing on May 28. (Angela Rowlings/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is awaiting sentencing after making a plea in a case accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

The 24-year-old Bird was released on bail after the hearing Monday pending sentencing May 28.

He pleaded to sufficient facts. The plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges a likely conviction at trial.

Bird faced several charges in the alleged attack on the woman in September, including strangulation or suffocation, kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The woman said in a statement read in court that the violence started when she accused Bird of cheating.

The woman said “the physical and psychological pain you have caused me will haunt me forever.”

Bird and the woman declined to comment outside court. The Celtics traded Bird in February.

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