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UMass hoop center Cady Lalanne arrested, suspended

Kadeem Batts, back, of Providence shoots against University of Massachusetts center Cady Lalanne in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 15. Lalanne has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested late Saturday night during an on-campus dance.
 (AP Photo)

Kadeem Batts, back, of Providence shoots against University of Massachusetts center Cady Lalanne in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 15. Lalanne has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested late Saturday night during an on-campus dance. (AP Photo)

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts sophomore center Cady Lalanne has been suspended indefinitely after his arrest late Saturday night for allegedly interfering with police officers at an on-campus dance.

The suspension, which means Lalanne will not play in Tuesday’s game at Northeastern, was announced before Monday’s practice.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg read this statement to the media:

“Cady Lalanne is going to be suspended due to a violation of athletic department policy for his conduct at an on-campus function Saturday night,” Kellogg said. “Right now it’s indefinitely. He will not be making the trip to Boston tonight and playing right now. … We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make a decision (about the length of the suspension) over the next few days or so.”

Lalanne was arrested at the Student Union ballroom about 11:50 p.m. on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, said UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick T. Archbald.

He said the arrest was made at the Hasa/Casa dance, where UMass police had three officers assisting a private security detail.

The dance sponsors observed a man who had not paid admission and was going to be asked to leave the dance. Archbald said Lalanne then interfered in the effort to remove the other man from the building.

“He got physically involved and tried to separate officers from his friend,” Archbald said about Lalanne. “While yelling and making a scene, his arm made contact with an officer’s chest and chin.”

Officers then placed Lalanne under arrest. Lalanne was arraigned Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Archbald said.

Other than that incident, Archbald said the dance was a quiet event with just one woman needing medical assistance due to consumption of alcohol.

Lalanne, who is averaging 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds, earlier was one of three players suspended for the Minutemen’s exhibition game Nov. 3 against American International College for a violation of team rules.

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Legacy Comments1

Knowledgable, long time fans have been disappointed in the teams performance and level of dicipline and decision making on the court so far this year.....if anything, they seem to have regressed after last year's promising debut. Many of us were really looking foward to an exciting season and a run at an NCAA tournament bid, especially after contending for the NIT title last year. Although the season is still young, the team's level of play so far this year has been suprisingly poor and inconsistent.Now we see a player, who like a few others has not played well or shown signs of improvement, getting in trouble (again) off the court. Other players have also been suspended for off the court activities already this year; the team's struggles on and off the court do not bode well for a well respected coach (who was rewarded with a lucrative new contract), and a University that is also enduring the challenges (and expense) of an upgrade to Div 1A in football, and a coaching change in hockey. Seeing the same mistakes and poor decisions on the court (and off), is distressing to say the least for a dedicated fan base eager to get behind a team they can be proud of. Let's hope Coach Kellogg and his staff can get this team back on track in playing smart, team basketball at a level we know they are capable of; it might not hurt to take a good look at their off the court behavior as well.

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