Theballerlife.com has learned that Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was arrested and pleaded not guilty in court today (Tuesday) to domestic violence charges accusing him of attacking his girlfriend Deann Smith last weekend.
Sullinger, 21, pleaded not guilty in Waltham District Court to charges of assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of personal property stemming from the alleged violent incident that ended with Sullinger storming out of the townhome.
District Court Judge Gregory C. Flynn set bail at $5,000 cash. After speaking with the girlfriend, the judge ordered Sullinger to contact her only by telephone or if a third person is present. The girlfriend, Deann Smith, did not seek a restraining order against Sullinger.
In a Waltham police report filed in court today, police said they were called to the townhome shared by the couple around 8 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, Smith told them that she confronted Sullinger, whom she suspected of cheating on her. The two argued verbally, and the argument intensified when Smith started packing up her belongings, according to the report.
“During this heated argument in the bedroom, Jared pushed her down onto the bed and got on top of her. Deann states she tried several times to get up, but he kept pinning her down and would not let her up,’’ Waltham police wrote in the report.
Smith told police that Sullinger threw her off the bed and onto the floor. “He then got on top of her again and would not let her up,’’ police wrote.
She said she managed to grab her phone and told Sullinger she was calling police. He allegedly grabbed it out of her hand and then, after pushing her to the ground one more time, went to the garage and drove away.
She told police she knew that Sullinger was scheduled to fly to Ohio. She said she waited until 8 p.m. to call police because it was only by then that she was certain he was out of state. “Once she was able to confirm he was out of state, she called the police to report the incident,’’ police wrote.
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Sullinger and his long time girlfriend, Deann, are college sweethearts who met while both were attending Ohio State University.
Sullinger is due back in court Sept. 19th, 2013.