Prosecutors said the Celtics guard repeatedly strangled his girlfriend, causing her to lose consciousness at several points.
At the arraignment, Bird was charged with assault and battery with a risky weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation, following his arrest over the weekend. She then told a member of the Celtics organization, who passed it onto the police and checked in on Bird while the victim was receiving treatment at the hospital. His appearance in court was delayed because Bird was on guarded watch at the local hospital, according to reports.
The Celtics released an updated statement following Bird's arraignment: "Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident".
The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. The team will have no further comment at this time.
Bird will be held on bail and be released under special conditions.
He reportedly texted her that if she did not return to the apartment, he would kill himself.
What is Bird's employment status with the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are reportedly "deeply disturbed" by allegations against Jabari Bird and are now working with the National Basketball Association and local authorities in assisting on the investigation, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Only the first year is guaranteed. His future is now uncertain.
The NBA has been known to take stern action when it comes to domestic abuse, but the Celtics got in front of this matter by promptly releasing a statement after he was arraigned. His next court date is set for October 25. In the meantime, he can travel out of state only with the Celtics, should the organisation keep him on the roster entering this month's training camp. The NBA's new collective-bargaining agreement allows commissioner Adam Silver to place players on paid leave during domestic violence investigations. "We have been in contact with local authorities since learning of the incident".
More details have emerged in the Jabari Bird case, and they're not pretty.