Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, the incident involving the 24-year-old Bird, who is facing multiple charges for the incident and was reportedly on suicide watch during his hospital stay over the weekend, will be investigated by the National Basketball Association. 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.
Bird to be freed on $100,000 bail The alleged victim told police that Bird struggles with anxiety issues. She said Bird would strangle her until she went "limp", allow her to catch her breath and begin choking her again.
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.
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.
On Thursday, the Celtics released a statement saying the team does not condone domestic violence in any way and is "deeply disturbed" by the allegations against Bird.
"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the statement reads.
CBS Boston reported that Bird's agent insisted posting an all-cash bail was "ridiculous", but the Brighton Municipal Court only accepts cash, so this was not a special condition applied only to Bird. The team will have no further comment at this time.
A 2017 second-round pick out of the University of California, Bird recently signed a two-year contract with the Celtics after appearing in 13 games in his rookie season while also playing in the G-League.
Bird is scheduled to return to court on October 25. However, it is also possible the Celtics could decide to cut ties with the guard and open up a roster spot heading into training camp on September 28.
The Celtics, meanwhile, made a statement of their own following the latest developments.
What is the NBA's domestic violence policy? Bird's case could be an important and complicated one for a league that has sought to both take a firmer stance against domestic violence, and create a more open environment for players working through mental health issues.