It was a bitter-sweet day for Tigers Basketball. They learned today that they're number three in the nation. They also learned one of their players was arrested early this morning on a dope charge.
Action News 5 broke the news to a surprised Coach John Calipari during practice Monday. "I don't know anything about it. I don't know what you're talking about." The U of M Athletic Department hadn't heard that Millington police had arrested freshman basketball player Kareem Cooper for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
"It's my understanding he did identify himself to the officers" explained Millington Police Chief Richard Jewell. Police say it was about 2:45 in the morning when they saw a truck driving erratically on southbound highway 51 near Paul Barrett Parkway. They got another sight when they pulled the driver over. "The driver was identified as Karim Cooper. The officers observed a strong odor of marijuana eminating from the vehicle. The driver did advise them there was some marijuana in the car," said Jewell. Chief Jewell says a search of the car turned up a marijuana cigar and point 2 grams of marijuana.
Coach Cal later talked about the incident during his weekly radio appearance. He says he just got back into town Monday. "We've gotta look into it first and I have no comment because I don't know anything about it," Calipari said.
He says he'll be fair. "Obviously we have policy and we have team rules and this case like all the others I'll deal with it in a fair way and deal with him in a fair way," said Calipari. He had no comment on why Karim Cooper was a no show at practice.