WALTHAM, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence-related charges after allegedly repeatedly pinning his girlfriend to a bed and the floor.
Sullinger, 21, was arraigned Tuesday in Waltham District Court. He was released on $5,000 bail with conditions.
Police said Sullinger arrived at the police station 6 a.m. Tuesday to turn himself in. Sullinger is charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation.
According to police, the incident between Sullinger and his girlfriend, Deann Smith, happened early Saturday evening. Assistant District Attorney Sarah Ellis said there was a verbal argument about infidelity and things escalated. Sullinger pushed her multiple times, according to Ellis.
Smith told police that Sullinger grabbed her phone after she threatened to call police and then left because he was scheduled to fly to Ohio. She told police she called them only after she knew Sullinger was out of state.
In a statement, Sullinger apologized and called the experience "humbling and embarrassing."
"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," he said. "To all of you, I apologize from the bottom of my heart."
The Celtics issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying, "They were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation."
Sullinger's attorney, Charles Rankin, said in court that Sullinger and Smith were "long-time sweethearts" who met at Ohio State University. He told the judge that Smith waited 10 hours before calling Waltham police for help.
Sullinger averaged six points and almost six rebounds per game in 45 games as a rookie last season.
Celtics statement regarding Jared Sullinger:
"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."
Full statement from Jared Sullinger:
"I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me. 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."