Jabari Bird appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment after he was arrested on assault charges.
Horrific details emerged in the case, with the prosecutor alleging the Celtics guard kept his girlfriend captive in his apartment for four hours as he assaulted her, per Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com.
Bird is accused of kicking her in the stomach and strangling her during those four hours. When the alleged victim did leave the residence, Bird was described to be in “mental distress.”
He reportedly texted her that if she did not return to the apartment, he would kill himself.
Bird, 24, is being held on a $100,000 bail, $50,000 of which must be paid in cash.
The Celtics have released a statement in regards to Bird’s arraignment.
“Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident,” the statement read. “The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird.
“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. The team will have no further comment at this time.”
Bird has been at a local Massachusets hospital, where he is under guarded watch, since the alleged assault last Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, he released a statement (via ESPN.com) in which he apologized to the Celtics and their fans and said, in part, “I’m taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues,” though he went on to add, “The information that has been released does not tell the full story. I do not condone violence against women.”
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