Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says ‘everything is done’ after release from detention center – Orange County Register

EL SEGUNDO — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said he was released Monday from the Seal Beach detention center where he served a 25-day sentence that prevented him from traveling with the Lakers for out-of-state road games and being with his family.

“Everything is done,” he said. “Put that behind me, moving forward. Finish my season.”

The Lakers’ starting shooting guard said the sentence “got me away from my game” and that he is “just happy to be home.”

As part of a court-ordered work release program, Caldwell-Pope could only leave the facility to attend Lakers practices and games in the state of California. The sentence cost him four games that were not played in the state.

“It was difficult,” Caldwell-Pope said. “My family’s all I got out here. My teammates is part of my family as well. It was difficult just not be with them and my family. It just felt like I let them down. Learning from this mistake and moving forward.”

Caldwell-Pope is married with two small children. He said he was only able to see his family at games at Staples Center, including on Christmas Day when the Lakers faced the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Just to see them brightened my day,” he said, “but I couldn’t go home. Just kind of kept me down a little bit. That was kind of hard to get through it. But now I’m through it. I’m just going to put it behind me.”

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While a member of the Detroit Pistons last March, Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of allowing someone under the influence to operate his vehicle, but due to a violation of his probation was forced to enter the Seal Beach center.

“Paid my debts and all,” he said Monday. “Just feels good to get back to my routine.”

The Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract in July. He is averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting 40.5 percent from the field.

With the sentence behind him, Caldwell-Pope called his legal trouble “just a minor setback for me.”

“Lot of things I’ve got to change,” he said. “Lot of things I’ve got to improve on. Had a lot of time to think about it pretty much.”

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