|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM|
Sullinger proved to be a minor distraction for the Celtics,and they felt a one game suspension would do the job. Sully deserved something, and one game could be kind of weak, but I don't know the details, and I'll leave it at that.
The Boston Celtics suspended second-year forward/center Jared Sullinger for one game stemming from his role in a domestic violence altercation in August.
Sullinger will sit out Wednesday's season-opener against the Toronto Raptors.
Domestic violence charges against Sullinger were dismissed Monday in Waltham District Court, but team brass planned to huddle later that day to discuss in-house discipline.
"Jared's case was dismissed [Monday] in Waltham District Court," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. "While we are satisfied that this was the correct ruling, we are suspending Jared for one game because he failed to meet the high expectations we have for all Celtics employees."
Sullinger responded with the one game suspension with the comments below.
Said Sullinger: "Honestly, we're trying to build a culture around here. And so I totally accept that one-game suspension."
After the Celtics' afternoon session at HealthPoint, Ainge elaborated on Sullinger's suspension.
"We have higher expectations and standards, and it was a distraction to our team during an important time this summer," said Ainge. Later he added, "We’re trying to send a message, not just to Jared, but the rest of our players that their behavior has an affect on all of us."