WALTHAM, Mass. . -- Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger pleaded not guilty Tuesday to domestic violence-related charges after allegedly repeatedly pinning his girlfriend to a bed and the floor. Bail for Sullinger, 21, was set at $5,000 after his plea on charges including assault and battery and intimidation of a witness. Later Tuesday, 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." Police say officers were called to Sullingers residence Saturday evening by his girlfriend, Deann Smith. She told them that earlier that day hed assaulted her after she accused him of cheating on her and began packing. "During this heated argument in the bedroom, Jared pushed her down onto the bed and got on top of her," Waltham police wrote in a report. "Deann states she tried several times to get up, but he kept pinning her down and would not let her up." The report said Sullinger later threw Smith to the floor and wouldnt let her up. Smith told police that Sullinger grabbed her phone after she threatened to call police and then left because he was scheduled to fly to Ohio. She told police she called them only after she knew Sullinger was out of state. Police said Smith still had red marks visible on her chest when she spoke to them. Police issued a warrant for Sullingers arrest and he turned himself in at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Sullingers attorney, Charles Rankin, said in court that Sullinger and Smith were "long-time sweethearts" who met at Ohio State University. He told the judge that Smith waited 10 hours before calling Waltham police for help. Sullinger averaged six points and almost six rebounds per game in 45 games as a rookie last season. .com) - Roosevelt Jones had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead No. . She was 30. The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, the Womens Tennis Association said on its website. The Kyiv-born Baltacha, who represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, was diagnosed with the illness in January, two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after she married her long-time coach Nino Severino.MADRID, Spain -- President Josep Bartomeu defended Barcelonas dealings in signing Neymar, saying the Spanish champion would do it all over again despite being charged with tax fraud. A Spanish judge charged Barcelona with the crime on Thursday, alleging it swindled the state of 9.1 million euros ($12.5 million) through payments to varying companies and false contracts. Bartomeu says "we did everything according to the lettter of the law (. . ..) our contract with Neymar and Santos is totally legal. The negotiations, the transactions, the contracts, everything was done legally and we would do it all again the exact same way." The high-profile transfer saga led to Barcelona president Sandro Rosells resignation as the true cost of the deal rose from 57.1 million euros ($74 million) to 86.2 million euros ($118 million). ' ' '
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16 août 2019
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