A back up guard for the Boston Celtics threatened to kill himself in a text message to his coed girlfriend after she escaped four hours of physical torture in his Brighton apartment, according to explosive police reports released today.
Bird, 24, was held on $50,000 bail after not-guilty pleas to domestic violence-related charges were entered on his behalf.
"Unless you're a drug dealer, you don't have $100,000 lying around!"
Bird was arrested Friday night for a domestic incident in which he allegedly assaulted, choked, and kidnapped his girlfriend.
Bird's accuser is a 20-year-old student at a prominent university in Boston.
She also said that Bird kicked her multiple times in the stomach and dragged her away from the door when she tried to leave, before shutting her into a bathroom.
The Celtics called the allegations disturbing and said the team's 'thoughts are with the victim'. I do not condone violence against women.
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The team released a statement earlier Thursday saying they were "deeply disturbed" by the allegations and "will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations". "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".
The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. The team will have no further comment at this time.
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. An evaluation at St. Elizabeth's Hospital reportedly delayed his arraignment originally scheduled for Monday.
Bird was drafted with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of California. He appeared in just 13 games last season.
After a strong summer league showing in Las Vegas in July, he earned the team's final roster spot and signed a two-year, $3 million minimum contract, with the first year fully guaranteed at $1.55 million.