Carlos Daniel was arrested Thursday night and charged with shoplifting, a revelation that stunned his Washington State basketball teammates and raised doubts over whether the star forward will play in today’s game against Washington.
Daniel was cited at approximately 8 p.m. by security personnel at Dissmore’s IGA supermarket, Pullman Police Sgt. Sam Sorem said. According to Sorem, Daniel attempted to steal “toiletries” and could face a maximum fine of $500.
Daniel, averaging 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds during the Cougars’ 10-5 start, did not attend practice Friday afternoon, but WSU coach Kevin Eastman had yet to decide how, or if, the 6-foot-7 junior might be punished.
Eastman has suspended several players in the past, but seemed to agonize over disciplining Daniel.
“If it’s all about lessons, then probably the embarrassment alone has taught him a lesson,” he said.
According to Eastman, who said he spoke with Daniel twice before practice and planned a more lengthy discussion Friday night, Daniel did not dispute the charge.
“I think he just made a silly mistake - that’s just not him at all,” Eastman said. “It’s just too bad, really.
“The only silver lining in it is now, I think kids can see that if you’re in a leadership role or your reputation is growing year by year or you’re one of the high-profile guys, that you have to deal with the scrutiny. And now he’s got to deal with it, and we’re going to ask him to deal with it head-on.
“You don’t hide from it, you just deal with it.”
In a 40-minute interview conducted less than 2 hours before the incident, Daniel touched on many topics, from his young son in Boulder, Colo., to his emergence as one of the most productive forwards in the Pacific-10 Conference.
“I think my son has helped me a lot to stay on the right track,” Daniel said. “It keeps in my mind that I have something to work for. I’m not just out here working for myself.
“If it was just about taking care of me, I mean, I could live off a dollar and a quarter. You know, he needs things and I have to be able to provide those things.”
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