Celtics sophomore forward Jared Sullinger turned himself into police this morning, and was charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation, after a weekend confrontation with his girlfriend.
Police were called to Sullinger's Waltham, Mass., home on Saturday. According to prosecutors, what started as a verbal argument about infidelity escalated into physicality.
Girlfriend of Celtic Jared #Sullinger said argument began after she found evidence he was cheating on her on his cell phone.— David Abel (@davabel) September 3, 2013
Court records: "Upon seeing her pack up her belongings, the argument got very heated and Jared began yelling at her to get out."— David Abel (@davabel) September 3, 2013
Celtic Jared #Sullinger "kept pinning her down and would not let her up," according to court records.— David Abel (@davabel) September 3, 2013
Celtic Jared #Sullinger allegedly smashed girlfriend's cell phone after she threatened to call police, court records show.— David Abel (@davabel) September 3, 2013
The girlfriend called police later that day, by which time Sullinger had flown to Ohio. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
At a court appearance this afternoon, Sullinger was released on $5,000 bail. The girlfriend, who said Sullinger has "a history of abuse," did not want a restraining order put in place. The court ruled, however, that he cannot have contact with her without a third party present.
Sullinger, Boston's first-round pick out of Ohio State in 2012, averaged 6.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 45 games last year, before undergoing back surgery in January. With Kevin Garnett's departure, he is expected to start this season.