Sullinger turns himself in to answer charges
By Rob Ogden
Former Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger turned himself into police on Tuesday on charges filed following a domestic dispute.
Photo by Jim Davidson
According to reports from police in Waltham, Mass., located about 20 minutes west of Boston, the incident occurred on Saturday evening and Sullinger turned himself in shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The Boston Celtics forward pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of personal property.
"I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me," Sullinger said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
"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."
According to a report from The Boston Globe, Sullinger and his girlfriend, Deann Smith, engaged in a verbal argument that escalated when Smith threatened to call the police. Sullinger, who Smith suspected was cheating on her, is accused of pinning Smith to a bed while she struggled to get away, according to the Globe's report.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta said he was aware of the situation, but didn't know all of the details.
"From my standpoint, Jared is the best," Matta said. "I wish he was coming back for his senior year to be honest with you, but I think those things, in time, will get worked out."
Matta said he has talked to people in Sullinger's camp, trying to figure out what is going on.
Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said he doesn't have enough details to comment on the situation.
Sullinger was released on $5,000 bail and has been ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, according to the Globe.
He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 19th.
Sullinger, a Columbus native, was the 21st pick of the 2012 NBA draft after playing two years at Ohio State.
The Celtics released this statement addressing the issue.
“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. We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information."
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