This afternoon it was announced that Jared Sullinger will be suspended for the first game of the season on Wednesday night in Toronto. Sullinger accepted the news respectfully and was quite frank when he addressed the media this afternoon: "Honestly, we're trying to build a culture around here. So I totally accept that one-game suspension."
While the charges had been dropped against Jared Sullinger for his August 31 domestic violence charge, it's hard to argue with the suspension, and it might even be worth asking if it was enough. One has to guess that Sullinger showed contrition and worked hard during the preseason to earn the trust of the team.
Unfortunately for Sullinger that was not enough, and Danny Ainge had this to say about the decision: "We have higher expectations and standards, and it was a distraction to out team during an important time this summer. We're trying to send a message, not just to Jared, but the rest of our players that their behavior has an effect on all of us."
Hopefully Sullinger has learned his lesson and returns to the team ready to perform on the court and represent the team off it too.
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