Lakers’ Caruso arrested in Texas for marijuana possession

Lakers guard Alex Caruso. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Alex Caruso, the Los Angeles Lakers’ 27-year-old second-string point guard, was arrested Tuesday in Texas for allegedly possessing a small number of drugs and paraphernalia, records show.

In a statement obtained by ethanb822.com, Texas A&M Police lieutenant Bobby Richardson said Caruso was arrested at the Easterwood Airport in College Station, his hometown, after TSA agents confiscated a grinder with a “useable amount of marijuana” from the athlete’s luggage. Officers from the Police Department for the athlete’s alma mater, Texas A&M University, arrested him because the airport is on university property.

He was booked into the Brazos County Jail in central Texas on charges of possession of marijuana, under two ounces, and possession of drug paraphernalia. If tried and convicted of both counts, Caruso could face over a year in jail and $7,000 in fines.

Caruso isn’t the first recent Laker to get into legal trouble. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a teammate of Caruso’s, was able to continue to play professional ball while serving a 25-day jail sentence for violating parole. The Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center, 30 miles from the Staples Center, granted him work release to play in home games, where he wore an ankle monitor.

Caruso’s coming off a surprising first-round exit for the Lakers, led by perennial all-star LeBron James, where he averaged 5.8 ppg in six games, shooting 36% from the field and 29.4% from three. The exit comes as an almost complete reversal of last season, where the Lakers won the NBA championship while playing in the league’s 2020 isolation zone at Walt Disney World. He recorded similar stats for the playoffs and regular seasons of both years, ranging in the single digits at 5.5 and 6.4, respectively.

Caruso went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, playing with the Philadelphia 76ers in that year’s Summer League before joining up with the Oklahoma City Blue, a minor league team for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2017, he joined the Lakers and, a year later, became the only Laker other than LeBron James to rack up over 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in a game.

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