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Celtics Guard Jabari Bird Facing Strangulation, Kidnapping Charges

BOSTON (CBS) –  Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing charges including strangulation and kidnapping following an alleged assault in Brighton.

Bird was a second round pick by the team a year ago. He was signed to a 2-year contract with the first year fully guaranteed in July.

WBZ-TV's I-Team first reported that Bird is now in custody at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he is being evaluated. Boston Police's domestic violence unit is now investigating the alleged assault, which occurred Friday night.

Boston Celtics rookie Jabari Bird (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Boston Police said the victim in the alleged assault is being treated elsewhere.

Former Celtic great Cedric Maxwell was quick to react to the news.

"I'm really shocked, it's a very serious allegation," Maxwell said. "But very concerned right now about Jabari Bird, but I'm also concerned about the victim in this situation. It's just a horrible situation for everybody."

Bird is expected to be arraigned on Monday. The Celtics released a statement on the incident.

"We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously. We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time," the team said.

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