Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird strangled his girlfriend several times, kicked her and prevented her from leaving her apartment before she collapsed in distress, prosecutors said at her hearing Thursday.
Bird, 24, was held on $ 50,000 bail after charges were filed for non-compliance with charges related to domestic violence on his behalf.
Police spoke with Bird's girlfriend, a student at a local university, at a city hospital after her arrest last Friday, prosecutor Khyati Short said at the hearing.
Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird appears for indictment on domestic violence charges in the Brighton Municipal Court on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Boston. Prosecutors say Bird smothered his girlfriend several times, kicked her and prevented her from leaving her apartment
Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird's girlfriend told Boston police she suffocated her a dozen times during an argument last Friday and also kicked her and held her against her will before she started suffering from mental problems, the children said. fiscal on Thursday
Bird left the woman unconscious, threw her against the wall and dragged her by the ankles when she tried to leave her apartment in the Brighton neighborhood, police said.
The ordeal, triggered by what the woman called "trust problems," continued for several hours, he said, until Bird experienced symptoms of "seizures" and fell. That's when the woman left.
Bird spent several days in a hospital.
Bird's attorney, former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, said his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations," but that the story has two faces.
The Celtics called the accusations disturbing and said the team's thoughts are with the victim.
Bird, selected in the second round of selection of the Celtics in 2017 from California, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after dividing his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.
"The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the accusations against Jabari Bird," the team said in a statement.
The team notes that domestic violence issues are handled by the NBA's main office.
Bird also released a statement on Thursday.
I'm taking some time away from the team while dealing with my legal and medical problems. I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the NBA for the unnecessary distraction I caused, "their statement said." The information that has been published does not tell the full story. I do not approve of violence against women. I hope that in due time and process, I can regain the trust of everyone. "
Bird, selected in the second round of selection of the Celtics in 2017 from California, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after dividing his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League. He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3 points per game.
He is scheduled to earn $ 1.5 million in 2018-19, but his contract is not guaranteed.
A college teammate of Celtics star Jaylen Brown at the University of California, the Bay Area native averaged twice as many points in each of his four seasons with the Golden Bears.
Bird is escorted from the Brighton Police Department for her indictment on charges of assault and kidnapping her girlfriend in the Brighton Municipal Court.