According to an article on ESPN.com, Boston Celtics‘ Jared Sullinger turned himself in to Waltham P.D. around 6 a.m. Tuesday after his girlfriend filed charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation.
According to reports, Sullinger appeared in front of Waltham District Court and entered a plea of not guilty. He was then released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear back in court on Sept. 19.
“I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me,” Sullinger said in a statement. “The experience was humbling and embarrassing for me. Yet I know that this situation has brought both sorrow and embarrassment to my girlfriend, my family, the Boston Celtics organization, my teammates and my fans. To all of you, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.”
The Celtics’ organization also acknowledged Sullinger’s arrest stating, “The Celtics were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation, which we are taking very seriously,” the statement said. “We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information.”
In Sullinger’s first season with the Celtics, he averaged six points and almost six rebounds a game. However, he only played in about half the season due to a back injury that warranted surgery.
The former Ohio State star’s future is uncertain and will only become clear once further knowledge of the incident is released. I wish the best for Sully and hope this doesn’t tarnish his very promising career.