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Celtics are standing by center Jared Sullinger

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As prosecutors say they intend to pursue domestic assault charges against Celtics forward Jared Sullinger despite his accuser requesting the case be dropped, the team is standing by its former first-round draft pick out of Ohio State.

“I think Jared is a good kid, and he’s a good Celtic, and he’s a guy that we have big hopes for,” Danny Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, said Tuesday. “We don’t think he’s done anything so wrong that he shouldn’t be part of our team today.”

In response to a question about whether Sullinger would face punishment from the team, Ainge said, “Well, the outcome is looking good, but we can’t talk about any of that yet. It’s still pending on the conclusion.”

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