Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Monday for a pretrial hearing and is due back for a second pretrial session on Oct. 28, according to media reports.
Sullinger pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation on Sept. 3 and was released on $5,000 bail. He was arrested after an alleged altercation with his live-in girlfriend at his Waltham residence on Aug. 31.
According to reports, Sullinger's lawyer Charles Rankin noted that Sullinger has abided by the court's initial ruling that he only have contact with his girlfriend with a third party present. His girlfriend's lawyer has filed an affidavit with the court stating that her client “did not want to pursue the case and is not fearful of Mr. Sullinger."
Asked about his client, Rankin told reporters at the courthouse, "He's doing fine. He’s embarrassed but doing fine, and hoping it comes to an end soon," according to MassLive.com.
Sullinger is due back in court two days before the start of the 2013-14 regular season. The Celtics visit the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 30.
After his arrest, Sullinger released a statement through the Celtics in which he apologized and called the experience "humbling and embarrassing."
"I know that this situation has brought both sorrow and embarrassment to my girlfriend, my family, the Boston Celtics organization, my teammates and my fans," he said. "To all of you, I apologize from the bottom of my heart."
The Celtics also released a statement addressing Sullinger's arrest.
"The Celtics were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation, which we are taking very seriously," the statement said. "We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information."
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