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Larry Bird's Son Conner Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Hit Girlfriend with Car

Conner Bird's mugshot. Courtesy of Scripps Media (h/t RTV6.com)
Conner Bird's mugshot. Courtesy of Scripps Media (h/t RTV6.com)
Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

Conner Bird, the son of basketball legend Larry Bird, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly trying to hit his girlfriend with a car, according to a report from TMZ.com

According to campus police, the alleged victim told cops Bird chucked a cell phone at her during an argument at Bird's apartment ... and it struck her in the wrist. 

Later that night, the woman says she got into Bird's car to head to the stadium when they started arguing AGAIN -- and she got out of the car to walk home. 

But according to the woman, Bird began to chase her through the parking lot in his car -- trying to run her over.

Bird was arrested at the Indiana University campus. The report also says that Bird was arrested for "intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, battery with injury, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia." 

TMZ's report states that Bird had an incident with police before, being arrested for "underage drinking and disorderly conduct" in 2011. 

His attorney, John Tompkins, was quoted by ABC Channel 6 in Indianapolis as saying this "is a private matter we are hoping to resolve as quickly as possible," and "we are happy no one was seriously hurt."

Larry Bird is one of the most iconic figures in basketball history. He first made his name in college at Indiana State when he led the program to the national championship game against Magic Johnson and Michigan State in 1979. 

After spending his entire NBA career with the Boston Celtics, Bird transitioned into coaching and the front office. He led the Indiana Pacers to the NBA Finals in 2000 as a head coach and spent 2003-2012 in the team's front office as President of Basketball Operations. 

Bird retired after the Pacers were eliminated from the postseason last year, citing exhaustion and a desire to get his health back in order. 

Unfortunately, this news about his son is going to cause a lot more heartache for Bird and his entire family. 

 

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