A bit of trouble for our “friends” (and we use that term loosely) at UMass, as big man Cady Lalanne has been suspended indefinitely by the school following an altercation that led to his arrest on campus over the weekend. The official reason given for the suspension was “violation of athletic department policy”, and Lalanne has been formally charged with three misdemeanors. The incident occurred following an on-campus dance sponsored by the Haitian American Student Association and CASA Dominicana (HASA/CASA). Per MassLive, here’s how it all went down:
According to the police report, Lalanne and Clyde Santee, a commitment sitting out the season as an academic non-qualifier, were at the function together. Santee did not have a proper wristband indicating he had paid the $10 entrance fee, and police were called at 9:21 p.m. to escort him from the ballroom.
When police arrived, Lalanne attempted to push between UMass Police Officer James Sullivan and Santee. While this was occurring, Lalanne repeatedly stated “You don’t understand. We’re on the basketball team we are all set.” The officer pushed Lalanne away with the heel of his palm, and Lalanne responded by physically latching on to Santee and not responding to police requests to let go.
Lalanne was then informed that he, too, would have to leave the dance, and Officer Jessica Moore attempted to escort him from the premises. According to Moore’s account, “Lalanne began to struggle and wrenched his arm away, then pushed his arm against my chest and chin.”
Sullivan joined Moore’s effort to control Lalanne, who again pushed Moore according to the police report. Moore then drew “her spray” and told Lalanne he would be sprayed if he did not comply with her.
Lalanne was then handcuffed by two other officers, whom he told, “I can break out of these handcuffs anytime I want; I’ll bust right out of them,” according to the report, and was informed at that juncture he was being arrested.
As Lalanne and the officers waited for a transport vehicle, a group of onlookers gathered and “began to pull out cell phones and video tape officers as we loaded Lalanne into the transport vehicle,” according to the report.
“Some of the more agitated individuals began to accuse officers of being ‘racists’ and only arresting Lalanne because he happens to be a black man,” Sullivan wrote in his report.
According to the report, Lalanne was booked at 12:17 a.m. Sunday, then released on $140 cash bail at 12:40. Lalanne was scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.
Lalanne, who is only 20, was also suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, but no charges related to intoxication have been filed. Instead, the sophomore has been charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery of a police officer and resisting arrest. Lalanne, who was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team last year, has started all six games for the Minutemen this season, averaging 4.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. This is his second disciplinary issue so far this season, having been suspended for an exhibition game back on November 3rd for a violation of team rules. Stay classy, UMass.