"Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend, a college student, a dozen times to the point that she lost consciousness for a period of time".
At the arraignment, Bird was charged with assault and battery with a unsafe weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation, following his arrest over the weekend. After "being guarded" at St. Elizabeth's Hospital following the incident, Bird appeared in court Thursday morning to be arraigned. The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird.
"I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues", Bird said in a statement.
Prosecutor Khyati Short had requested a $100,000 bail for Bird, but the judge compromised by requiring $50,000 cash and a $50,000 assurance that would become due if Bird does not show up for his next court date.
Bird, 24, was arrested after he allegedly assaulted, choked, and kidnapped a person around 9:11 p.m. Friday, police have said.
What is Bird's employment status with the Celtics?
The Celtics drafted Bird in the second round, 56th overall, out of California in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. Only the first year is guaranteed. 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. His next court date is set for October 25.
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". However, it is also possible the Celtics could decide to cut ties with the guard and open up a roster spot heading into training camp on September 28. This past May, the league and its players' union also launched a mental health program to counsel players who are actively addressing issues such as anxiety and depression.
More details have emerged in the Jabari Bird case, and they're not pretty.