Although the domestic violence chargers against Boston Celtics‘ forward Jared Sullinger have been dropped, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and the rest of the organization have decided to suspend Sullinger for the Celtics’ opener. Sullinger will not travel with the team as they head to Toronto in preparation of their game against the Raptors.
Despite wanting to play, Sullinger understands the decision.
Honestly, we’re trying to build a culture around here,” Sullinger told Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston. “And so I totally accept that one-game suspension.”
Last season, Sullinger was limited to just 45 games because of injuries. The 21st overall pick of the 2012 draft averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He shot 49.3% from the field and 74.6% from the free throw line.
“We have higher expectations and standards, and it was a distraction to our team during an important time this summer,” Ainge said.
“We’re trying to send a message, not just to Jared, but the rest of our players that their behavior has an effect on all of us,” he added.