Celtics

Why Jabari Bird’s roster status remains murky after latest court appearance

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Jabari Bird made his first court appearance in nearly two months on Tuesday morning as part of a pretrial administrative hearing for his domestic violence case.

Bird pled not guilty back in September to charges of kidnapping, strangulation, and assault and battery stemming from the alleged incident with his girlfriend.

Bird was accompanied in court by his lawyer and Jaylen Brown's mother, who has been supervising him since he made bail back in September as part of the condition of his release. Bird went to Cal with Jaylen Brown prior to joining the Celtics.

A next pretrial hearing for Bird was set for January 30th after today's brief hearing. The Celtics have not commented on the proceedings publicly since releasing this statement after the initial arrest:

“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.”

BSJ Analysis: While the legal process plays itself out, it's becoming evident that the Celtics will not have a resolution to Bird's case from a legal standpoint ahead of the February 7th trade deadline.