Celtics Circuit: Jared Sullinger Released On Bail
Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger was released from Waltham District Court on Monday after he faced domestic violence charges from an argument with his girlfriend over the weekend. Sullinger was also charged with destruction of an IPhone and intimidation of a witness. According to David Abel of The Boston Globe, Sullinger’s bail was set at $5,000 and Sullinger must return to court on September 19th.
The victim declined to seek a restraining order and the judge ruled a mental health evaluation unnecessary since Sullinger has not had any prior arrests. The second-year player is ordered to stay away from the victim and he can only contact her by phone or with another person present.
Sullinger and the victim met at Ohio State where Sullinger was an All-American before he was drafted with the 21st pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Celtics. The 6-foot-9-inch forward’s argument with his girlfriend stemmed from perceived infidelity.
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sullinger&src=hash”>#Sullinger</a> pinned girlfriend to bed, pushed her and snatched her phone when she tried to call police, state charges.</p>— David Abel (@davabel) <a href=
At 6 AM on Monday morning, the 21-year-old turned himself into the police after meeting with his attorney. According to Sullinger’s lawyer, the victim did not feel in danger and she waited 10 hours before contacting police.
This comes on the heels of another well-known domestic violence case in Waltham. Jared Remy, son of former Boston Red Sox second baseman and current NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy, was charged with murdering his girlfriend on August 15th.
Sullinger is coming off a shortened rookie season in which he had back surgery in February. He averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 45 games in his rookie season.
While most of the offseason, the talk among media and fans have been whether point guard Rajon Rondo will be able to coexist with new head coach Brad Stevens, this is one more red flag for the organization. The team just traded stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets and Doc Rivers left for the Los Angeles Clippers’ head coaching gig. The Celtics also shipped their other first-round selection (Fab Melo) from the 2012 NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies. Melo was later released by the Grizzlies.
Hopefully, Sullinger learned a very important lesson – to control his emotions. He cannot let this become an issue in the future or someone will pay the price for Sullinger’s anger down the road. The Celtics have already dealt with a similar situation this offseason with Terrence Williams. Williams was released from the team, but he was not expected to be a critical piece of a rebuilding team like Sullinger is for the Celtics this season. He displayed enough ability last year to either be a fixture on the team or be used in a trade to improve the roster.
This has not been a very good offseason for the Celtics and it continues to trend downward.