Marc Weinreich
Tuesday October 29th, 2013

The Celtics suspended forward Jared Sullinger for one game because of his role in a domestic incident this past summer, charges that were later dropped. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Domestic assault charges against Celtics forward Jared Sullinger were dropped Monday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was suspended by the team on Tuesday for his role in a domestic incident this past summer.

According to a statement on Tuesday from Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, the 21-year-old Sullinger is being suspended because he "failed to meet the high expectations" the team has for all of its employees. The charges, which were brought against Sullinger by his girlfriend in August, alleged that he attacked her in his apartment. He was charged with assault, battery, destruction of property and intimidating a witness after the incident.  He pleaded not guilty but subsequently apologized in September.

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The charges were then dropped on Monday, which Ainge recognized in his statement, and added that he is satisfied it was the correct ruling:

"Jared's case was dismissed yesterday in Waltham District Court. 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."

Because of the suspension, Sullinger will miss the team's regular season opener on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. He posted averages of six points and 5.9 rebounds in 19 minutes per game for the Celtics as a rookie last season but had his year cut short because of season-ending back surgery this past February. MAHONEY: 20 predictions for the 2013-14 season

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