Carrie Mae will be given credit for the 162 days she has already spent in jail. “She doesn’t want to be a distraction to her son,” her attorney told reporters.
Wizard vs. cops
This week’s Ty Law award goes to Gilbert Arenas, the eminently driven, draft-scorned superstar guard for the Washington Wizards, who, during a highly questionable arrest last week by the Miami Beach police department, told ofﬁcers, “You can’t arrest me. I’m a basketball player. I play for the Washington Wizards.”
The Arenas arrest occurred during a mass sweep of Miami Beach that also led to the arrest of fellow Wizard Awvee Storey and newly drafted Pittsburgh Steeler wideout Santonio Holmes. The sweep came during Memorial Day festivities, which are gaining renown as a sort of mini Freaknik, a hip-hop beach party known as Urban Beach Week. Florida police plus thousands of visiting black partiers seems like a bad combination, and it was: police made 557 arrests, mostly for misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct and public intoxication. The Arenas arrest occurred when the guard got out of his car to stand near Storey as he was being questioned by police. When Arenas refused police requests to get back in the car, uttering his soon-to-be-infamous proclamation (angry Middle American bloggers are already going ape over the millionaire basketball player’s remarks), he was arrested on a resisting-without-violence charge.
Our own Ty Law, remember, was busted in that same Miami Beach area a few years ago. He ran from police and, upon capture, said, “Don’t touch me. I’m a professional athlete.”
Another former Boston athlete, Slavic clunker Vitaly Potapenko, once notoriously told police, “You can’t arrest me.” Where was he arrested? Try Miami Beach. Is there something in the air down there?
When he’s not googling “DUI” and “Mother of NBA star,” Matt Taibbi is writing for Rolling Stone. He can be reached atM_Taibbi@yahoo.com.