Celtics suspend Sullinger for one game

Celtics suspend Sullinger for one game
October 29, 2013, 1:00 pm
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BOSTON — The Celtics will suspend Jared Sullinger for the season opener at Toronto on Wednesday after Sullinger's domestic violence case was dismissed.

Because the team is disciplining Sullinger, a league official tells CSNNE.com that no further punishment will be handed out by the NBA.

The suspension is tied to the role Sullinger played in the August 31 incident involving his girlfriend, Deann Smith.

"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," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens alluded to the possibility that Sullinger would be punished on Monday.

"I made my thoughts known on it early," Stevens said. "It's a really tough situation, one in which we're all really disappointed when we heard of those allegations against him. We'll move forward appropriately."

Without Sullinger, the Celtics are likely to start Vitor Faverani at center. In his lone preseason start, the 6-foot-11 center had 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots.