The new charges stem from the alleged victim’s claims that Bird threatened to kill her during the incident, according to court records.
Celtics guard Jabari Bird, who left the team in September after his arrest for allegedly choking his girlfriend, faces new charges in the high-profile domestic violence case, according to court records cited by The Boston Globe.
Bird, 24, was arraigned Wednesday in Brighton (Mass.) Municipal Court on new counts of witness intimidation and threats to commit a crime stemming from the September incident.
According to court documents, cited by TMZ Sports, the new charges stem from the alleged victim’s account in which she claims Bird said, “If you don’t stop talking I’m going to kill you.
She also claims that while kicking her Bird threatened, “Tell anyone about this, I don’t care where you are, I’ll find you and I’ll kill you.”
Bird, who appeared in court Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to the new charges and remains free on $50,000 bail he posted previously.
He was arrested initially after a Sept. 7 incident in which he is accused of holding his girlfriend captive for four hours, trying to strangle her and kicking her in the stomach. However, Bird already reportedly was dealing with multiple issues before the alleged assault.
“This wasn’t one of the domestic-violence situations you usually see where someone gets jealous for one thing and loses control,” an unidentified source told the Boston Herald at the time. “There was something deeper going on here with (Bird). This was a bad situation.”
Bird — who played in 13 games as a rookie last season — was charged in September with assault and battery on a household or family member, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and strangulation or suffocation. He pleaded not guilty.