Waltham, MA — Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was arrested on domestic violence-related charges over the weekend.
Prosecutors said the 21-year-old arrested following a domestic situation with his girlfriend Saturday evening. Assistant District Attorney Sarah Ellis said there was a verbal argument about infidelity, and that Sullinger pushed his girlfriend several times. After the argument, Sullinger flew to his native Ohio.
Jared Sullinger turned himself in Tuesday morning shortly after 6 am, according to Waltham police. He is charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property, and witness intimidation.
Sullinger pleaded not guilty in Waltham District Court Tuesday. He was released on $5,000 bail with conditions and is scheduled to appear in court again on September 19.
Before being drafted by the Celtics, Jared Sullinger played for Ohio State for two seasons. In his freshman season, he averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game. The Buckeyes went 32-2 in the 2010-2011 season and were selected as the 2011 NCAA tournament’s number one overall seed. The team made it to the Sweet Sixteen, but lost to Kentucky.
The following season, Sullinger led the Buckeyes to a 31-8 record, averaging 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. The team made it to the Final Four, but lost to the Kansas Jayhawks. Five days later, Sullinger announced that he was entering the draft, where he was expected to be a lottery pick. He was flagged by several times after the Chicago pre-draft camp due to back problems.
Jared Sullinger was selected as the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who announced his signing on on July 3.
In February, it was announced that Sullinger would miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair a lumbar disk. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he knew the 6’9″ power forward would need surgery, but hoped he would last through the season.
Jared Sullinger averaged six points and almost six rebounds in his first season with the Boston Celtics.
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