When the Boston Celtics open their season tonight against the Raptors, they’ll be doing so without starting sophomore forward Jared Sullinger. The former Ohio State star has been suspended by Boston for opening night as a result of the domestic abuse charges he faced in the offseason. Sullinger was very understanding of the suspension, quoting to ESPN,
Honestly, we’re trying to build a culture around here. And so I totally accept that one-game suspension.
With new coach Brad Stevens coming aboard in the offseason, Stevens and GM Danny Ainge have made a point to hold their young team accountable for their actions. With just two players over the age of thirty and with just one player who has played in a Celtics’ uniform for more than two years, management has decided to implement the Celtics’ culture into their young players.
The charges stemmed from an altercation he had with his girlfriend in August. He was originally charged with assault and battery, destruction of property, and witness intimidation. On Monday, the case was dismissed because the girlfriend refused to testify against Sullinger.
Sullinger is expected to regain his starting spot in the rotation on Friday for the game opener against Milwaukee.