Shocking details emerge in National Basketball Association star's domestic violence case

Boston Celtics player Jabari Bird appears for his arraignment on domestic violence charges at Brighton Municipal Court

Boston Celtics player Jabari Bird appears for his arraignment on domestic violence charges at Brighton Municipal Court

Bird, 24, was held on $50,000 bail after not-guilty pleas to domestic violence-related charges were entered on his behalf. After that, they said, he "began strangling her with two hands, approximately a dozen times".

Bird choked the woman unconscious, threw her against the wall and dragged her by the ankles when she tried to leave his apartment in the Brighton neighborhood, police said.

He was arrested September 7 after he allegedly assaulted a woman, identified in court as a girlfriend, in Brighton, Mass. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.

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.

Bird, who pleaded not guilty, was released on $50,000 bail, and he is set to appear in court again October 25, nine days after Boston tips off its regular season.

Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend, a college student, to the point that she lost consciousness for a period of time.

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Bird's attorney, Brian Kelly, did not present his client's side of the story during the hearing.

The Celtics addressed Thursday's hearing in a statement, saying the matter will be handled by the National Basketball Association rather than the team. "I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the National Basketball Association for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused".

He reportedly texted her that if she did not return to the apartment, he would kill himself. 'The information that has been released does not tell the full story.

Spears, Bird released an official statement regarding the allegations, saying he'll be "taking some time away from the team as he deals with his legal and medical issues". Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA's labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations. Last season he signed a one-year, two-way contract and spent most of the season with the team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

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.

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