Jabari Bird made his first court appearance in nearly two months on Wednesday as the prosecution announced new charges connected to his September domestic violence arrest.
Bird pled not guilty back in September to charges of kidnapping, strangulation, and assault and battery stemming from the alleged incident with his girlfriend.
On Wednesday, multiple reports indicate that Bird is now also being charged with making threats and witness intimidation that prosecutors alleged occur during that same incident.
“I’ll find you and I’ll kill you.” Court documents: alleged victim says Celts reserve guard Jabari Bird threatened to kill her if she told anyone about his alleged attack on her. As a result, new charges #wbzpic.twitter.com/LtIRcRWEDz
Bird's next court date will be February 13th. 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: Not a lot of new news here beyond just adding to the seriousness of the charges that Bird is already facing. It's also clear that this case won't be resolved in the courts until the Spring.