In the immediate aftermath of the release of the brutal details behind his arrest last Friday and an arraignment in Brighton Municipal Court on Thursday morning, Jabari Bird has announced that he will take an indefinite leave from the Boston Celtics.
Bird's accuser is a 20-year-old student at a prominent university in Boston.
Bird is accused of kicking her in the stomach and strangling her during those four hours. Bail was set at $100,000 - with $50,000 required in cash - according to MassLive's Jacqueline Tempera.
Celtics "deeply disturbed" by allegations "Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the Celtics said in a statement after the arraignment.
"I do not condone violence against women", he said. "Police say she locked herself in the bathroom, and at one point in the alleged altercation she was hiding under a bed".
The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league.
A statement from Bird on Thursday said that he will be taking some time away from the Celtics, according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust". The victim stated that she escaped when Bird began having "seizure-like symptoms".
Bird was transferred Saturday to an undisclosed hospital for what police have called an "evaluation" that continued until Thursday when it appeared doctors treating him had concluded he was sufficently healthy to appear in court.
The Celtics addressed Thursday's hearing in a statement, saying the matter will be handled by the National Basketball Association rather than the team. The team will have no further comment at this time.
The Celtics selected Bird with the 56th overall pick of the 2017 draft. He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3 points per game. He spent most of his rookie season with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' G League affiliate, but signed a new deal with the Celtics in July after performing well in both the G League and the NBA Summer League.
If the Celtics were to waive Bird, they would have to pay his guaranteed $1.35 million salary for this season.