Stevens 'very disappointed' in Sullinger charges

Stevens 'very disappointed' in Sullinger charges
September 5, 2013, 4:15 pm
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WALTHAM — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens was no different than most when he learned Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was facing a series of domestic abuse-related charges.

"Certainly very disappointed," Stevens said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper on Thursday. "And when I talked to him, he was very remorseful and certainly disappointed."

Sullinger, 21, was charged with assault and battery, destruction of property valued at more than $250 and intimidation of a witness following an incident involving him and his girlfriend, in Waltham over the weekend.

The 6-foot-9 forward turned himself into Waltham police Tuesday morning and was released later that day on $5,000 cash bail.

Presiding judge Gregory Flynn also ruled that Sullinger and his girlfriend could communicate by phone and that face-to-face meetings would only be allowed if a third party was present.

Sullinger is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in Waltham on Sept. 23.

Both the Celtics and the NBA are in wait-and-see mode as far as doling out punishment for the incident.

"What we've done is try to find out as much as we possibly can, and let the court process play out," Stevens said.

After being released on Tuesday, Sullinger apologized for the incident which occurred on Saturday.

"The experience was humbling and embarrassing for me," Sullinger said in the statement. "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."