Lakers’ Caracter Shows Lack of Character

This is probably something the Los Angeles Lakers do not need to deal with during their march to a three-peat.

According to, Lakers’ Derrick Caracter got himself into a “bit” of trouble in New Orleans when he decided to get drunk, waltz into an IHOP and punch a pregnant woman:

A back-up forward for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team was arrested and jailed early Sunday for hitting a pregnant waitress at a downtown International House of Pancakes while drunk, according to police.

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.

Records show Caracter was released from jail, but it is unclear when his bond was posted.

Nice job Caracter. Not only did you make a fool of yourself, you punched a pregnant woman. This is just atrocious.

I’m sure the Lakers will take care of this incident and discipline Caracter accordingly but personally, I would remove him from the team for the rest of the playoffs. He isn’t really getting any playing time and the Lakers do not need this type of element among their team seeing how their focus should be on taking care of business in the playoffs and not having to babysit players.

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