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Son of Larry Bird arrested after allegedly trying to run ex-girlfriend over with a car

Feb 12, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

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Connor Bird, the son of former Celtic and Hall of Fame player Larry Bird was arrested on Sunday at Indiana University for allegedly trying to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Connor Bird, 21 years old, is facing a host of charges related to the incident, including battery with injury, criminal mischief, intimidation with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.

Here are the not-so-pleasant details, from Bill McCleery of the Indianapolis Star:

Trouble began, police said, after Bird and the ex-girlfriend got into a dispute Sunday at Bird’s Bloomington apartment. Bird threw a cell phone at the female, police said.

Later, police said, Bird waited at his ex-girlfriend’s home and took her to a parking lot to talk things over. There, however, they got into another fight, police said, and the girl got out of Bird’s car with the intent of walking back to her home. That’s when, police said, Bird twice tried to hit the woman with his car. Another IU student witnessed the incident, police said, and took the female to the Indiana University Police Department.

Bird has been released on bond, and while his attorney, John L. Tompkins, wouldn’t comment on the charges, he did give a brief statement to the Star.

“This is a very private matter that we’re going to try to resolve quickly,” he said. “We’re thankful that no one was seriously injured.”

  1. dacapt704 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    You know ur dad was too busy shooting jump shots working on his craft to be involved in foolishness..too bad the work ethic wasn’t passed down.

  2. davidly - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    May the puns ensue…

  3. noring4youstill - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Big payday coming

  4. isujames - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I don’t believe it, it’s not hard to run a person over with a car, if he wanted to, he could have.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Or, he could be a terrible, terrible driver.

      I don’t think it’s hard to stay in a lane while driving on the highway, but I see people fail at that task every day.

  5. joebone - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Never should have left French Lick.

  6. drewzducks - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Anyone on this site ever read the book that he did with Bob Ryan titled “Drive” ?

  7. mannyfresh209 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Honestly, if you can’t dodge a car coming at you…step your game up.

    On another note, this story is typical rich-white-guy’s-kid problems. I.E. Andy Reid’s son.

    • badintent - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      More in common with typical rich black guy Tony Dungey’s son killing himself problem.NFL is a family killer for coaches.

  8. asublimeday - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    If he were really Birds son, he wouldn’t have missed. Time for a paternity test.

  9. redsghost - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    ““This is a very private matter that we’re going to try to resolve quickly,”

    How is this a very private matter? In a public parking lot, on a public college campus? I love how lawyers pretend it’s a “private matter” when it isn’t, attempting to sweep it under the rug.

    • mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      If it happens in public, it’s not a private matter. If it happens in private, unless you’re a public figure (which this kid is not), it’s a private matter.

  10. drago2012 - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    It appears that the Birds were not able to elevate themselves from the white trash pile, even with all that money!!!!

  11. ragingmouse - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    He must be “Cuckoo”…

  12. wd333 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    “The Prick from French Lick”

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