Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arrested last Friday after allegedly assaulting, strangling and kidnapping an unidentified person in a domestic incident.
Bird was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and was being “guarded” by the police while there.
On Thursday, Bird appeared in court to be arraigned, and we got a few more details as to what transpired last Friday.
According to CBS Boston, Bird violently attacked his girlfriend in her apartment over the course of several hours. Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend a dozen times to the point where she fell unconscious. Police say she locked herself in the bathroom and at one point, was hiding under the bed.
When the woman finally escaped, she told police that Bird was having “seizure like” symptoms, and he later texted her that he would kill himself if she didn't come back.
The Celtics released a statement on the situation this morning.
The prosecution asked Bird to be held on $100,000 bail, but the judge decided on $50,000 cash.
Bird was drafted with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of California. He spent most of his rookie season with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' G League affiliate, but signed a new deal with the Celtics in July after performing well in both the G League and the NBA Summer League.