Celtics G Bird pleads not guilty to assault, other charges

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird entered a not guilty plea on Thursday to charges of domestic assault, strangulation and kidnapping.He was arrested Sept. 7 after he allegedly assaulted a woman, identified in court as a girlfriend, in Brighton, Mass. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.Bird also was ordered to stay away from the woman and witnesses and to abstain from drugs and alcohol.Prosecutors said in court Thursday that the woman reported that Bird, 24, threw her against a wall during an argument at his home. Over the course of four hours, he assaulted her at least a dozen times, including numerous acts of strangulation, prosecutors said at his arraignment.The woman told police that Bird would strangle her until she fell “limp” and that once she caught her breath, he would begin his attack again. She also said Bird kicked her in the stomach, dragged her as she tried to escape and closed her in a bathroom.Eventually, she told police, she was able to leave the residence after Bird had “seizure-like” symptoms and passed out.

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