Sullinger remains mum on charges at Media Day

Sullinger remains mum on charges at Media Day
September 30, 2013, 6:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is one of the more loquacious players on the roster. But there are some things the 21-year-old has little choice but to be relatively mum about.

Specifically, the domestic violence charges he is facing from an August 30 incident at his Waltham apartment that involved his long-time girlfriend.

He is scheduled to return to the Waltham District Court on Oct. 28, just two days before the Celtics' first game of the season.

"I would love to say something about it (the case)," Sullinger told the media at the C's Media Day on Monday. "But it's a legal matter now."

Sullinger was charged with assault and battery, destruction of property valued at more than $250 (her cell phone), and intimidation of a witness.

After he pleaded not guilty at a September 3 arraignment in Waltham District Court, Judge Gregory C. Flynn ruled that Sullinger could speak with Deann Smith by phone but was ordered to stay away from the apartment they shared and could only see her if a third-party was present. learned that Sullinger's attorney Charles W. Rankin filed a motion that was received by the court on September 10 to have the stay and no unsupervised contact orders be eliminated.

On the same day, Smith's attorney Melinda L. Thompson submitted a three-page affidavit to the court which indicated that Smith had returned to Ohio to live with her parents, and that she "did not want to pursue the case and is not fearful of Mr. Sullinger."

Records obtained by also showed that a hearing on the motion was held and has since been allowed.

As much as Sullinger's Waltham court case has been discussed, his return to the other court -- the basketball court -- was also a topic of discussion on Monday.

The 6-foot-9 forward appeared in 45 games last season, averaging six points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

To put his rookie season in perspective, his rebounding numbers over 36 minutes would have averaged out to 10.2 per game which would have equaled the rebounding numbers over the same 36-minute span for New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft.

But the player that Celtics fans saw last season probably won't be visible early on, not after spending a good chunk of this year rehabbing from back surgery.

It has put Sullinger behind in terms of where he would want to be health-wise.

"Not playing for six months and then trying to jump into the fire ... you have those days when you're really good and you have those days when you suck," Sullinger said. "Now I just have to stay consistent."

He added, "I got a lot of work to do, and only training camp can help that."