Former UTEP Miner and current Los Angeles Laker forward Derrick Caracter was arrested at an IHOP in downtown New Orleans early Sunday morning.  The 22 year old was arrested for allegedly striking a pregnant waitress. Caracter 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.  He was later released from jail after his bond was posted.  Caracter didn't play in the Lakers 93-88 loss to the Hornets.

Caracter's character has always been in question.  Rick Pitino got sick of his attitude, but he was a model citizen in El Paso because he knew it was his last chance.  It's hard to say what prompted Caracter to act in this manner, but being drunk never helps.  He has been coddled since he was a 12 year old prodigy and seems to act out when he doesn't get his way.  Who knows if Caracter will be a Laker in 2012, but it's obvious he still has a lot of growing up to do.

The lesson learned is that next time DC visits an IHOP in the wee hours of the morning after a night out they will cook his 'Rooty Tooty Fresh'n Fruity' the way he likes it!!!

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