Unfortunately, recovering from an injury wasn't the only news that Sullinger made in the offseason. Domestic violence charges were brought against the young power forward, although they have since been dropped. Still, it's a pretty bad look for everyone involved.
In response to the incident, the Boston Celtics suspended Jared Sullinger for a game. Although this is never something a player is happy with, Sullinger has accepted the suspension and taken full responsibility for his actions.
As Chris Forsberg writes, Sullinger seems to completely understand why he was suspended by the Celtics. Even though the charges have been dropped, he knows that as a potential future face of the franchise, he can't be involved in these type of incidents.
For a 21-year-old, this understanding and acceptance is refreshing. Many players in Sullinger's shoes would object to any sort of a suspension in a situation where charges have been dropped. However, Sully gets that incidents like this have a huge impact on his image, regardless of whether or not he is ultimately found guilty. He's a professional now, and the microscope is always on him.
The suspension is for only one game, and Sullinger shouldn't miss a beat. It sets the right atmosphere in the locker room, where a bunch of new players will be trying to mesh with new head coach Brad Stevens. The team has enough forwards on the roster, so missing Sullinger for the first game of the season isn't much of a loss.
Being involved in this incident is bad news for Sullinger, but it's nice to see that he's handling the entire situation in a mature manner. Hopefully he can learn from this and be a better man in the end.
In 45 games last year, Sullinger averaged 6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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