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Despite being released on $5,000 (cash) bail, Jared Sullinger still has a relatively bumpy road ahead of him. 

The Boston Celtics big man turned himself in to Waltham police this past Tuesday after he learned of the warrant calling for his arrest due to his involvement in a domestic violence incident. 

Sullinger spent the morning in Waltham District Court while the details of an alleged physical confrontation with his longtime girlfriend were sorted out. He was ultimately released on the aforementioned bail and he was told not to see his girlfriend in person unless there was a third party present. However, the judge did grant Sully the liberty of communicating with her via phone. 

Later on that day the Celtics released the following statement on the issue:

"The Celtics were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation, which we are taking very seriously. We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information."
Shortly thereafter Jared Sullinger submitted a public apology which read:
"I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me. The experience was humbling and embarrassing for me. 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.

  My lawyers have advised me not to discuss the case at this time. But I wanted to immediately and publicly apologize to everyone affected by this situation."
Since these statements were released, neither Sullinger nor the Celtics organization have made any further comments. But that doesn't include coaching staff. Head Coach Brad Stevens briefly spoke on the matter earlier this evening when he sat down with Comcast SportsNet New England's Kyle Draper.

"My initial reaction was the same as everybody else's and that's very disappointed," said Stevens. "Certainly very disappointed and when I talked to him, he was very remorseful and certainly disappointed." 

Stevens went on to say what he expected the next step of disciplinary action would be in wake of these allegations.

"What we've done is try to find out as much as we possibly can, and let the court process play out. And then I think, from what I can tell, the NBA and the Celtics will determine the next steps."

Stevens' comments were definitely spot on. At this point all the NBA and Celtics can do is take on a wait-and-see mentality. Whatever punishment the court decides to hand Sullinger directly effects what his bosses can do with him. 

Here's hoping that this unfortunate situation can be quickly resolved so that all parties involved can move on to happier times.
 


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