Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arraigned on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a risky weapon, strangulation and kidnapping Thursday morning. After that, they said, he "began strangling her with two hands, approximately a dozen times".
Bird has been at a local Massachusets hospital, where he is under guarded watch, since the alleged assault last Friday. She claims Bird strangled her 12 times after a quarrel, threw her against a wall, kicked her and held her against her will for four hours Friday, later texting her that he would kill himself if she didn't come back, according to court documents.
Jabari Bird of the Boston Celtics during a court appearance on September 13, 2018.
He is now free after posting $50,000 cash bail, and said in a statement that the full story of the incident is not yet been publicized. Eventually, she told police, she was able to leave the residence after Bird had "seizure-like" symptoms and passed out.
At the arraignment, one of Bird's attorneys, Brian T. Kelly, said there are "always two sides" to incidents, but acknowledged his client understands the "seriousness of the allegations".
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Spears, Bird released an official statement regarding the allegations, saying he'll be "taking some time away from the team as he deals with his legal and medical issues". "I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the National Basketball Association for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused", the statement reads, via ESPN's Marc Spears.
According to CBS Boston, Bird violently attacked his girlfriend in her apartment over the course of several hours. Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA's labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations. "I do not condone violence against women", Bird added.
It is unclear whether or not Bird will remain in custody at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he has been since apprehended, make bail, or be moved to a detention facility.
The Celtics selected Bird with the 56th overall pick of the 2017 draft. A Summer League standout this past July, Bird recently signed a two-year contract, which featured a fully guaranteed contract for the 2018-19 season, with the Celtics to round out their National Basketball Association roster.