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Former Celtics player admits there's enough evidence to find him guilty of attacking his girlfriend

Jabari Bird admitted to sufficient facts to find him guilty today at a hearing on the criminal complaint that charged him with strangulation or suffocation, kidnapping, assault and battery on a household member, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threats to commit a crime, and witness intimidation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Brighton Municipal Court Judge David T. Donnelly postponed a formal ruling on his guilty to await a recommendation from probation officers on a suitable punishment for Bird, at the time of the September incident a guard for the Celtics.

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It is unusual for judges to accept an Alford plea- which says, basically they can prove it. An admission to sufficient facts is an admission to all the elements of the crimes, typically with part of the questions including “you are admitting to these things because you did them, and not for any other reason.” If a CWOF is granted, it can result in a dismissal or conviction, depending on how probation goes.

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It was a head-scratcher for me trying to figure out if this was an Alford plea or nolo contendere...or what even?

I know one thing though: this could potentially tarnish the Celtics legacy of both Jabari and his father, Larry.

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