Bird will be supervised by his high school coach and mother, Michelle, through the pretrial process.
Upon the conclusion of Bird's hearing, CBS Sports reports that the Boston Celtics issued a statement which clarified that due to the nature of the charges against Bird, the league would be handling discipline and that they deplore any form of domestic violence. I do not condone violence against women.
Prosecutors said in court yesterday that the woman reported that Bird, 24, threw her against a wall during an argument at his home.
Bird to be freed on $100,000 bail The alleged victim told police that Bird struggles with anxiety issues.
Bird strangled the woman with two hands about 12 times, causing her to lose consciousness, she told police.
Bird's lawyer, former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, said his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations" but that there are two sides to the story.
Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. When Bird came to, he allegedly texted her and threatened to kill himself if she did not return to the apartment.
Bird has announced he will be taking some time away from the Celtics. 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.
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 team will have no further comment at this time.
The Celtics selected Bird with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. A Summer League standout this past July, Bird recently signed a two-year contract, which featured a fully guaranteed contract for the 2018-19 season, with the Celtics to round out their National Basketball Association roster.