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Celtics’ Bird to sit amid violence charge

The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird said he’s taking a break from the team following charges that he choked and kicked his girlfriend and prevented her from leaving his apartment.

In a statement Thursday, the 24-year-old Bird apologized to his teammates and fans for creating an “unnecessary distraction” and said he’s taking time away to deal with “legal and medical issues.”

A management agency that represents Bird released the statement just hours after an arraignment hearing in which Bird was held on $50,000 bail. Not-guilty pleas to domestic violence-related charges were entered on his behalf.

Police spoke with Bird’s girlfriend, a student at a local college, at a city hospital after his arrest, prosecutor Khyati Short said during the hearing.

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