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Cops: Lakers player was drunk, shoved cashier

NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a cashier at a pancake restaurant.

Police initially said Caracter was accused of pushing a pregnant cashier but later said the woman was not pregnant.

Police said the 22-year-old player was arrested early Sunday and booked into jail on charges of battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest. They say Caracter 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.

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Authorities say Caracter was freed later Sunday morning on $1,000 bond weren't immediately returned. 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 didn't play in Sunday night's playoff game against the Hornets.'s Royce Young notes that Caracter started his college career at Louisville but was suspended a couple of times by Rick Pitino and eventually dismissed from the team. He then transferred to UTEP.

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