After everything the Boston Celtics has gone through this offseason in order to head in a new direction going forward, the last thing they needed was one of their promising young players to get in trouble with the law. Forward Jared Sullinger was arrested on several charges, with domestic violence being the main culprit.
“I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me,” Sullinger said, according to USA Today Sports. “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.
“My lawyers have advised me not to discuss the case at this time. But I wanted to immediately and publicly apologize to everyone affected by this situation.”
Even though it is unclear exactly what it is Sullinger did to have the police called to his house on Saturday, what is clear is the charges against him. The 21-year-old was charged with assault and battery, witness intimidation and malicious destruction of property. Also, it is known that his girlfriend was the victim during his tirade.
To say the least, the Celtics are not pleased with Sullinger’s actions. Boston has high hopes for the team’s first-round draft pick in 2012, especially with Kevin Garnett now gone. However, the Celtics will not tolerate players getting in trouble with the police.
Sullinger averaged 6.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 19.8 minutes per game in 45 games (five starts) as a rookie last season. His numbers are expected to improve dramatically in the upcoming season, as he will take on a more prominent role.