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Celtics suspend Jared Sullinger for season opener

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  October 29, 2013 01:24 PM

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The Celtics have suspended forward Jared Sullinger one game for his role in an altercation with his girlfriend in late August that led to him facing domestic violence charges.

Sullinger will serve his suspension during the season opener Wednesday against the Raptors in Toronto.

The charges, which included assault and battery, destruction of property, and witness intimidation, were dismissed Monday in Waltham District Court after Sullinger's estranged girlfriend refused to testify against him.

"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," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement.

Sullinger is a second-year forward and former first-round draft pick out of Ohio State who played 45 games with the Celtics last season before undergoing back surgery.

He was one of the Celtics’ most impressive players through training camp this year, and he averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20.6 minutes in eight preseason games.

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