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Larry Bird's son strikes plea deal for trying to run over his girlfriend with his car last year, avoids jail time for now [VIDEO]

Greg Archuleta
By Greg Archuleta (gregory.archuleta@comcast..net) @GeigaSr
on Apr 10, 2014 01:01 AM EDT
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Larry Bird has decisions to make about the Indiana Pacers' future. (Photo : Reuters)

It could have been worse for Larry Bird's son.

TMZ Sports is reporting that 22-year-old Connor Bird has pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness in connection with a 2013 incident in which he tried to run over his girlfriend with his car.

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According to TMZ Sports, his plea was the result of a deal he struck with prosecutors. He originally was facing multiple charges that included battery with injury, criminal mischief, intimidation with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.

The prosecution agreed to throw out two charges if Bird, son of NBA Hall of Famer and former Indiana Pacers executive Larry Bird, were to plead guilty to criminal recklessness, according to TMZ.

The original incident took place in 2013 and was chronicled by 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."

Part of the deal, TMZ Sports adds, requires Bird to participate in a sober-living program, in which he will be monitored by a sober mentor. Bird must stay out of trouble for 12 months.

Failure to comply could result in a lengthy jail sentence for Bird.

Do you think Connor Bird's guilty plea of criminal recklessness tarnishes Larry Bird's reputation? Comment below or tell us @Sports WN.

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