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Lakers forward and former New Jersey high school standout Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a cashier at a pancake restaurant.
Police said Caracter, 22, was arrested early Sunday and booked into jail on charges of battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest.
The former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick and Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep standout allegedly grabbed and shoved the cashier at an International House of Pancakes after he was refused service and became belligerent. The woman wasn’t injured.
Police initially said the cashier was pregnant, but later said that was an error.
Authorities say Caracter was freed later Sunday morning on $1,000 bond. It wasn’t clear if Caracter had a lawyer, and a call by The Associated Press to the Lakers’ organization wasn’t immediately returned.
Caracter’s agent, Happy Walters, was not immediately available for comment.
(The AP contributed)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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