Jabari Bird had begun to deal with emotional issues in the weeks leading up to a Sept. 7 incident in which he has been charged with kidnapping, assault and battery on his girlfriend.
Before his arraignment last Thursday, Bird was being held for psychiatric evaluation.
People around Bird have been aware that he recently had been experiencing, according to one source close to him, “panic attacks and things like that. It wasn’t a long-term thing, but everyone knew. The Celtics knew there was something going on and he was being treated.”
Said another, “This wasn’t one of the domestic-violence situations you usually see where someone gets jealous for one thing and loses control. There was something deeper going on here with (Bird). This was a bad situation.”
Bird's girlfriend told the authorities he sent her a text threatening to kill himself. Bird was convinced to surrender to authorities.