Remember when Isiah Thomas and the late 80s Pistons were called the “Bad Boys?” Those Pistons teams were known for being especially aggressive and violent with their opponents in a league known for being especially aggressive and violent at the time. They were gritty, brash, and unapologetic in the way they wore their opponents down mentally and physically. Nowadays, many “old heads” lament over those Bad Boys and that era. Those older fans always complain about the “nice guys” of today’s NBA, spearheaded by the guy who wants everyone to be his teammate at some point – LeBron James. However, the league may very well have the emergence of a new “bad boy.” And to top it off, he’s one of LeBron’s favorite teammates. Yes – that’s right – Alex Caruso has been a very bad boy.
This is a different type of NBA bad boy though. An NBA bad boy that sends shivers down the spine of Stephen A. Smith. Alex Caruso etched another tantalizing chapter in his four-year career on Tuesday, as he was arrested for the 37th* time of his career.
*Note: Although most of this article is satire, I need to point out that this is simply not true.
This time, Caruso was arrested for possession of marijuana (report confirmed by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne). The arrest occurred at an airport in College Station, Texas — Caruso’s hometown and the location of his alma mater, Texas A&M. Shelburne/ESPN report that Caruso was charged with a Class B misdemeanor after a herb grinder with marijuana in it was found while he was boarding a flight.
Apparently, you don’t get preferential treatment in The Lone Star State even if you’re a hometown college hero with an NBA Finals ring at home.
Although the wicked and evil states of this country continue to legalize marijuana within their state’s borders (the “devil’s lettuce” won’t fly in Texas), the drug is still categorized as a Schedule 1 substance by the U.S. government. Caruso’s dangerous rock-and-roll lifestyle scared some on Twitter on Tuesday, but apparently, his actions didn’t scare fellow bad boys Mike Evans, J.J. Redick, and LeBron James. All of which vouched for Caruso to be released in their own nefarious ways.
Free Caruso @ACFresh21
— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) June 23, 2021
— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) June 23, 2021
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 23, 2021
It remains to be seen whether or not this will affect Caruso’s availability for the 2021-22 season. The Lakers definitely could use some added edge with their players after a disappointing end to the 2020-21 season, but is this too much edge? We’ll just have to see what else comes out of this story of one of the most liked players in the NBA going bad.
Note: Again, this is satire. Weed is not a big deal. Also, the report states that he was charged with possession of fewer than 2 ounces, but a grinder with weed in it was only found. You could probably fit half a gram in a grinder, which is 0.017 ounces. As Kendrick Perkins once said…carry on.