Jabari C. Bird, 24, the Celtics' second-round draft pick past year, was ordered held today on $100,000 bail, which Brighton District Court Judge David Donnelly split into $50,000 cash and a $50,000 surety bond because the courthouse only accepts cash. After that, they said, he "began strangling her with two hands, approximately a dozen times".
Bird was arrested Friday night for a domestic incident in which he allegedly assaulted, choked, and kidnapped his girlfriend.
Bird attacked the victim over the course of several hours, prosecutors said, at times throwing her against a wall.
Bird has announced he will be taking some time away from the Celtics.
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. When the alleged victim did leave the residence, Bird was described to be in "mental distress".
Bird's lawyer, former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, said his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations" but said there are two sides to the story. "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".
Bird, in a statement to The Athletic's Shams Charania, said he's stepping away from the Celtics "indefinitely" as he deals with his legal and medical issues. She also reported that he texted her after she escaped stating that if she didn't return to his apartment he would kill himself.
Bird then signed a two-year, standard National Basketball Association contract in July - making him an official member of the Celtics' 15-man roster - after averaging 16.8 points on 57 percent shooting in summer league.
The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. I do not condone violence against women. An evaluation at St. Elizabeth's Hospital reportedly delayed his arraignment originally scheduled for Monday.
The Celtics drafted Bird in the second round, 56th overall, out of California in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. He appeared in 13 games during his rookie season, averaging 3.0 points per game. Last season he signed a one-year, two-way contract and spent most of the season with the team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.