WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics forward/center Jared Sullinger participated in the team's afternoon practice session, little more than an hour after domestic violence charges were dismissed against him in Waltham District Court.
Sullinger was not available to reporters after the session and first-year coach Brad Stevens said that team brass would meet with the second-year player this afternoon to resolve the situation from a team standpoint (including any punishment that might be levied) now that the legal process is closed.
Sullinger faced charges of assault and battery, destruction of property, and witness intimidation in connection with an Aug. 31 confrontation with his girlfriend. The woman accused Sullinger of pinning her to a bed and the floor at his Waltham home. On Sept. 3, Sullinger pleaded not guilty and was released on $5,000 bail.
"I haven’t really had a time to really think about it from the process standpoint," said Stevens. "I made my thoughts known on it early -- obviously, it’s a really tough situation. And it’s one in which, like I said earlier, we were all really disappointed when we heard of those allegations against him. We’ll move forward appropriately, but he was here and he did practice today."
Asked if Sullinger acted any different on the floor given the morning's events, Stevens said, "No, he didn’t. I think the whole process is obviously been tough for him. But he didn’t seem necessarily any different today. I just think he continues to have to get better on the court while really becoming the best person that he can be as well, and really prioritizing learning from what he’s been through."
Sullinger appeared in 45 games for the Celtics last season, elevating to a starter's role before a back injury ended his season in late January. After rehabbing for much of the summer, the 21-year-old Sullinger projects to be a vital contributor to Boston's frontcourt.