After being arrested on counts of domestic violence, Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger offered a public apology via the Celtics' media relations staff.
"I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me," Sullinger said in the statement. "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."
Added Sullinger in the statement: "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."
The Boston Celtics released their own statement following the arrest.
"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," read the team statement. "We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information."
Sullinger pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation. He was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Waltham District Court again on Sept. 19.