Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird appeared in Brighton Municipal Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to new charges of witness intimidation and threatening to commit a crime. Both counts are from the same September domestic violence incident, per court documents that were made public in Brighton on Wednesday.
Bird faces charges of strangulation, assault, and kidnapping from said September incident, where he reportedly choked a woman in his Brighton residence twelve times during the assault. He was arraigned and released on $50,000 bail in September.
The 24-year-old has not been with the team since his arrest, but is still under contract while the NBA continues their league investigation. He is listed each day on the Celtics injury report as “out”, for “personal reasons”.
Bird signed a two-year, $3 million minimum deal with the Celtics this past summer.
His next court date is scheduled for February 13th.