EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the team’s loss Thursday night in Cleveland because of travel restrictions from his drunken driving arrest last season while with the Detroit Pistons.
“This is a legal matter, stemming from an incident that occurred last season while Kentavious was a member of another NBA team,” the Lakers said Saturday in a statement The Los Angeles Lakers are abiding by the terms of a program for Kentavious that were established for him by a court in the state of Michigan. As such, we will have no further comment at this time.”
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The Los Angeles Times, citing people familiar with the situation who weren’t authorized to speak publicly, reported that Caldwell-Pope missed the game in Cleveland because he had to return to California to begin an intensive 25-day probation program that includes travel restrictions.
“We are pleased that Kentavious will now continue with his NBA season and move forward in a positive manner from this experience,” the player’s lawyer, Jeffrey Abood, said in a statement to ESPN.
Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early March 29 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, after police say he was spotted going about 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was arrested after a field sobriety test. A further test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.
Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points in 24 games for the Lakers this season.