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Celtics guard Jabari Bird arrested after ‘domestic incident’ Friday night

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Jabari Bird has been working out, preparing for his second season with the Boston Celtics, trying to find his way into a crowded rotation.

Now he faces a far more serious problem after his arrest for a “domestic incident” where he could face charges that include strangulation and kidnapping, according to a statement from Boston police, via NBC 10 News in Boston.

“Complaints will be sought against the suspect for Assault & Battery 209A, Strangulation and Kidnapping,” according to a police statement given to NBC 10 Boston. Here is the full statement.

Bird is currently in custody what still at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, according to reports. The victim also is reportedly hospitalized.

The Celtics released this statement:

“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.”

There are not many other details yet on the incident. For example, whether or not Bird was armed during the incident can dramatically increase the severity of the charges.

The NBA has a domestic violence program that was put in place as part of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement. It lays out the disciplinary procedures for domestic violence situation — Willie Reed was suspended six games last season, Jeff Withey was released (although “basketball reasons” were cited for that). Beyond that, it sets up a program of counseling, intervention, outreach, and resources to help deal with these issues beyond just punishments.

Bird was drafted 57th overall by the Celtics and played in 13 games for the team last season as a 6’6″ wing. He had a strong summer league for the Celtics, averaging 16.8 points per game on 57 percent shooting. It was going to be tough for him to find minutes this season on a deep team at that position, but he has a fully guaranteed contract for $1.35 million but is not fully guaranteed next year.

Knicks miss first nine shots then fan hits half-courter for $10k (video)

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The Knicks missed their first nine shots of the season then called timeout.

That set the stage for a fan to show at least one person on New York’s side could shoot. The fan hit a half-court shot for $10,000.

Perhaps feeling the momentum, the Knicks came back for a 126-107 win over the Hawks.

Kobe Bryant dropped from film festival after backlash due to his 2003 rape charge

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Kobe Bryant has become acclaimed for his filmmaking, even winning an Oscar.

But his sustained prominence in basketball retirement, especially considering his new industry, has sparked questions about why he hasn’t been swept up by #MeToo. After all, Bryant admitted in 2004 to having sex with a woman who didn’t view the encounter as consensual the year prior. (That statement part of Bryant moving on and readily accepted by the public, which shows why a reckoning in our handling of sexual misconduct was so necessary.)

Bryant was selected to judge a film festival, but a petition emerged to prevent his participation. Apparently, 159 signatures were enough for the festival to change course.

Evan Real of The Hollywood Reporter:

Kobe Bryant has been removed from the Animation Is Film Festival jury following backlash stemming from a 2003 rape allegation. Though the former L.A. Lakers star was set to serve as a juror at the annual event this weekend in Hollywood, organizers announced on Wednesday that he will no longer participate.

On one hand, it’s not surprising the petition received just 159 signatures. Bryant remains highly popular and is beloved by many.

But this also shows the power of a relatively small number of voices speaking up.

 

Blake Griffin’s dunk attempt stuffed by Jarrett Allen. Again (video)

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Pistons star Blake Griffin learned his lesson after getting his dunk blocked by Nets center Jarrett Allen in the preseason. In the regular-season opener, Griffin went up even harder.

And Allen still stopped him!

Kevin Durant’s brother says Instagram comment wasn’t about star leaving Warriors this summer

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Rumors about Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors are intensifying. Even people within the Golden State organization are bracing themselves for him to depart in free agency next summer.

Not even the Warriors collecting their championship rings could stop the momentum.

In fact, last night’s celebration contributed to the noise.

Kevin’s brother, Tony, commented on Kevin’s Instagram post featuring the rings, “Filling the hand up before we get outta here!”

Rob Perez of The Action Network:

My best guess was “here” meant the Warriors’ arena in Oakland. This is their last season there before moving to a new arena in San Francisco Francisco.

Or maybe “here” meant in the NBA. Careers in the NBA are finite.

Another thought that crossed my mind: “Here” could have meant in this world. Lives, too, are finite.

The only clear part: Tony wants Kevin to win a handful of rings. The deadline is nebulous.

Of course, the loudest speculation was “here” meant playing for the Warriors and this being the last run. But Tony sharply denied that.

Perez:

If you want to be a conspiracy theorist, perhaps Tony meant leaving Golden State after this season but Kevin just instructed him to downplay it to quiet chatter. I suppose that’s possible, though it wouldn’t jibe with Kevin’s tell-the-truth-about-free-agency approach.

Occam’s Razor suggests taking Tony at his word, and that’s what I’ll do.