UMass men’s basketball player arrested Saturday night

By Stephen Sellner

Courtesy of UMass Athletics

Massachusetts men’s basketball sophomore forward Cady Lalanne was arrested Saturday night in the Student Union Ballroom on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting a police officer making a lawful arrest, according to a police report.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg said Monday at practice that Lalanne is suspended from the team indefinitely for “a violation of athletic department policy for his conduct at an on-campus function,” and will not be traveling with the team as the Minutemen prepare for their tilt at Northeastern on Tuesday night.

Lalanne, 20, did not practice Monday and could not be reached for comment. He still remains a student at the University at this time, according to UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski, who said that the dean of students typically reviews cases such as this and then makes a determination on a student’s status.

According to a police narrative written by UMass Police Officer James Sullivan, Lalanne and his friend Clyde Santee – a UMass basketball recruit – were at the HASA/CASA dance late Saturday night when event organizers identified Santee as “not having paid to be at the event and did not have the proper wrist band necessary to indicate he belonged at the dance.”

When Santee, 19, was being escorted out of the dance by staff and police, Lalanne “physically grabbed and latched onto his friend” as he tried to prevent the officers from removing Santee from the event, the narrative states.

Lalanne – who was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol – then continued to state, “You don’t understand were (sic) on the basketball team we are all set,” according to the narrative.

Yelling ensued and Santee refused to leave the event – reportedly drawing a crowd and blocking access in the hallway. As a result, Lalanne was also asked to leave the dance, which he refused to do, and he then physically resisted officers’ attempts to remove him, according to Sullivan’s account.

UMass Police Sgt. Jessica Moore attempted to escort Lalanne – who was still holding on to Santee – by latching onto his arm. Moore, in a written narrative, said Lalanne “wrenched his arm then pushed his arm against my chest and chin.” Moore’s report said Lalanne then pushed her again with his arm against her chest while the officers tried to control him.

Moore wrote that she drew spray and told Lalanne she would spray him if he did not comply.

Two other officers then assisted Moore in handcuffing Lalanne, according to the police report.

According to Moore’s report, while he was being arrested, Lalanne said, “I can break out of these handcuffs anytime I want; I’ll bust right out of them.”

A group of individuals – who the officers believed were associated with Lalanne – pulled out cell phones and videotaped officers as they escorted Lalanne into a transport vehicle. Some of the witnesses began accusing the officers of being “racists” and “only arresting Lalanne because he happens to be a black man,” according to Sullivan’s report.

No one was seriously injured during the incident, Blaguszewski said.

Sullivan included in his report that “Lalanne is significantly taller than Sergeant Moore and I.” Lalanne is 6-foot-9, 250 pounds.

Bail for Lalanne was set at $140 and he was scheduled to appear in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Monday morning to face the charges, which are all misdemeanors.

This is the second time this season that Lalanne has been suspended from the team. He was also suspended for UMass’ lone exhibition game on Nov. 3 against American International for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Kellogg said he will monitor the developments of the situation when making his decision on whether or not to extend Lalanne’s suspension beyond Tuesday’s game at Northeastern. Kellogg said a decision should come “in the next few days or so.”

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