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Lakers Derrick Caracter arrested on battery charges against woman

Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:15 pm: The ugly details have come out. And we mean ugly. Because any time the words “battery” and “pregnant woman” are mixed into the same sentence then ugly is maybe the kindest word you can use.

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Derrick Caracter, 22, was arrested about 1:18 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP in the 800 block of Canal Street, said New Orleans Police spokeswoman Shereese Harper….

He “started grabbing and pulling” a pregnant waitress, prompting the manager to go outside and flag down a police officer, Harper said. The female officer tried to defuse the situation, Harper said, but Caracter remained obstinate. The officer arrested him.

He was handcuffed and taken to Orleans Parish jail and booked with one count of battery for hitting the waitress, as well as one count each of public intoxication and resisting arrest. Each charge is a municipal violation, police said.

Police have later said it was a cashier and she was not pregnant… so that makes it better? Dude got into a fight with a woman working at an IHOP. There are no good excuses here.

It seems in some ways odd to say this about the Lakers organization, one where the owner’s dates are legendary and his daughter and team president posed for Playboy, but the Lakers are a pretty button down, conservative organization. Separate that from the people in it, I’m saying the organization is much no nonsense and professional.

So this kind of thing…. we will see.

10:08 am: Ways to make sure you do not stick with a veteran team as a rookie include…

Derrick Caracter was arrested on battery charges stemming from an incident near the Lakers hotel in New Orleans, according to the Los Angeles Times. Apparently there was some kind of fight Caracter was involved in, but there are no details of the incident yet.

Caracter is a second-round pick who the Lakers like — he has shown flashes (at Summer League an in the season) of having what it takes to be an NBA power forward, but he is raw and needs a lot of work. He spent some time in the D-League this past season to get the seasoning he needs because he’s not going to get a lot of run on the Lakers. He appeared sparingly in half the teams’ games and looked like a rookie, trying to find his shot against this level of defender and turning the ball over too much because it seems the game was moving too fast for him.

This may or may not impact his future with the Lakers, hard to say how they react. But Caracter slid to the second round of the last draft not because of his talent but because of questions of work ethic and off-the-court concerns. This is not going to help that perception among teams.

  1. wyattmerr12 - Apr 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Who????

  2. philwauke - Apr 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    He assaulted a waitress at an ihop.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/04/post_261.html

  3. wvan10 - Apr 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Something about this doesn’t ring true to me. If he “hit” a waitress of course they should throw the book at him. Something, however tells me this is probably a huge misunderstanding. Why would even a drunk Derrick Caracter want to beat up a waitress? More likely to me, the pushing and pulling was minconstrued by the waitress and management staff at the establishment as hostile when more than likely was a drunk guy trying to get laid in New Orleans on a Saturday night, Sunday morning. I’m sure he was beligerent to the police but I’m also pretty sure he never “beat up” anyone and I really don’t like the fact that the police’s initial report of her being pregnant were false. Why was the story so misconstrued? Hopefully it wasn’t anything to do with any Hornets fans trying to get over on the Lakers, but who knows….just doesn’t seem right.

    • 264sixers264 - Apr 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

      You obviously have no idea who Derrick Caracter is. Because if you did, you would have no prob believing this story. Dude has had character issues that go back to 9th grade. Million dollar body, 10 cent head

  4. berbes - Apr 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    maybe ol’ kobe can take him under his wing and teach him how to treat a woman with respect?

  5. kcroyal - Apr 26, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    “The ugly details have come out. And we mean ugly. Because any time the words “battery” and “pregnant woman” are mixed into the same sentence then ugly is maybe the kindest word you can ”

    “Police have later said it was a cashier and she was not pregnant… ”

    Piss poor on your part. You probably feel like a douche bag right now….and you should.

  6. davidly - Apr 26, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    “Police have later said it was a cashier and she was not pregnant… so that makes it better? Dude got into a fight with a woman working at an IHOP. There are no good excuses here.”

    And if “Dude” is later said not to have gotten in “a fight”? Fact is, you don’t know the facts. You are speculating based on the info you have. So equating someone else’s speculative appraisal of changing details with their suggesting that it “makes it better” is just more speculation. I mean, what do you really know?

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