Jared Sullinger’s court case will continue on, though his girlfriend Deann Smith wishes to drop the case completely.
The Celtics forward 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 sources. This pretrial hearing is only two days before the Celtics regular season opener in Milwaukee.
The second-year forward was arrested back on Aug. 31 after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend. He pleaded not-guilty to charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation on Sept. 3 and was released on bail.
Sullinger’s girlfriend has filed an affidavit. Her attorney said that Smith "did not want to pursue the case and is not fearful of Mr. Sullinger."
The six-foot-nine forward out of Ohio State was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the first round by Boston last year. He averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per-game during his rookie season before undergoing season-ending back surgery in late February.
Following his arrest in late August Sullinger issued a statement through the Celtics organization in which he called the experience “humbling and embarrassing.” He did not address the media Monday.