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Michael Carter-Williams debunks arrest rumors

Dec 10, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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For the past day or so, rumors have been going around that Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams was arrested at a Lord & Taylor store at a local mall.

According to an article by Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard, Social media was the first place these rumors came about, with someone saying that they were the “first to see Michael Carter-Williams get arrested” on Sunday, with the scene being described as Carter-Williams being led with his hands behind his back outside the store on an escalator.

So far, none of the rumors are true. Syracuse police have offered no comment and — before taking it down — MCW tweeted that “bottom line I was not arrested”. So there’s that.

Apparently, no one is talking whether he was or was not cuffed and stuffed. For his sake, let’s hope not, because the sophomore has a bright future, both with the Orange and maybe in the NBA. He is currently averaging 12.4 points, a nation-leading 10.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds this season for the 8-0 Orange.

From the standpoint of anything happening to him, if no charges have been filed stemming from something that happened at a mall, then they probably won’t be. Any charges involving theft or disturbance, which is all you can really believe would be the charges that could come for anyone in this position (in a mall, in public, around retail) would be swift.

Anyway, looks like if the cops aren’t talking and the school isn’t talking and there’s no police report, there’s no story to it. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

David Harten is a sportswriter and college basketball blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

  1. badreporting2012 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Where did solid and factual reporting go in our country? I rarely see any decent journalism anymore.

    This writer said “Anyway, looks like if the cops aren’t talking” and “Syracuse police have offered no comment”. However, all one has to do to see just how poorly reporter this was is to clink on the line he cited right in the article.

    It clearly states “Sgt. Tom Connellan, speaking for Syracuse police, said the store did not contact Syracuse police on Sunday and that Carter-Williams was not arrested.”

    Doesn’t that sound like a comment????? So, it’s no acceptable to reporter that someone did NOT get arrested and report it poorly?

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