Jabari C. Bird, 24, the Celtics' second-round draft pick previous 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.
Bird pleaded not guilty to felony kidnapping, felony assault and battery with a risky weapon, strangulation and assault and battery of a household member.
A report was handed down Thursday that Bird is stepping away from the team for "legal and medical issues" in the wake of the criminal charges against him for domestic violence.
The Celtics issued a statement yesterday. I do not condone violence against women.
According to reports, Bird's girlfriend says he detained her for four hours on Friday afternoon in their Brighton apartment. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".
Police said the incident occurred at Bird's girlfriend's apartment.
The ordeal, sparked by what the woman called "trust issues", went on for several hours, she said, until Bird experienced "seizure-like" symptoms and fell.
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Bird's lawyer, former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, said that his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations" but that there are two sides to the story.
CBS Boston reported that Bird's agent insisted posting an all-cash bail was "ridiculous", but the Brighton Municipal Court only accepts cash, so this was not a special condition applied only to Bird.
"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the statement read.
Bird was ordered to not have any contact with the alleged victim or any witnesses, and he must stay away from her college.
The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. Authorities also said that he threatened to kill himself in a text message to the woman. An evaluation at St. Elizabeth's Hospital reportedly delayed his arraignment originally scheduled for Monday. The team will have no further comment at this time.
Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017 out of California, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.