Bird, a second-round pick out of California past year, has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend over a period of several hours and strangling her to the point where she lost consciousness.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m. ET): Bird has been accused of felony charges of kidnapping, strangulation, domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a unsafe weapon, according to The Athletic's Jared Weiss, who posted photos of the criminal complaint brought against Bird on Twitter. Bird was originally scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, but that was delayed as he remained hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident.
'I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues.
A management agency that represents Bird released the statement just hours after an arraignment hearing in which Bird was held on $50,000 bail. She reportedly tried hiding under a bed and in a locked bathroom, and when she tried to escape the apartment, he allegedly dragged her back by the ankles.
What is Bird's employment status with the Celtics?
Bird, drafted in the second round in 2017, appeared in 13 games for the C's last season, and averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8:49 per game. Only the first year is guaranteed. The shooting guard spent his rookie season on a two-way contract before being signed to the active roster this summer. His future is now uncertain.
Bird is scheduled to return to court on October 25.
Bird, wearing a navy blazer in the arraignment dock in in Brighton District Court, walked away from the building with his attorney, Brian Kelly, at 2:52 p.m. The NBA's new collective-bargaining agreement allows commissioner Adam Silver to place players on paid leave during domestic violence investigations.
In a statement, the Celtics expressed sympathy towards the victim, and said they are helping authorities with the investigation. "We have been in contact with local authorities since learning of the incident".
More dark details have emerged about Celtics guard Jabari Bird's domestic violence charge.