On Tuesday, Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger turned himself to police in Waltham, Massachusetts.
The second-year pro out of Ohio State was arraigned on charges of battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation in an incident with his girlfriend.
The defendant, Sullinger’s girlfriend, claimed a history of abuse and said Sullinger pushed her twice, grabbed her phone and blocked her from leaving the house.
Sullinger is pleading not guilty to the charge and made his $5,000 bail.
He has also issued a statement through the Celtics.
“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.”
Sullinger was averaging 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game before back surgery cut his rookie season short. He played in just 45 games.