Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is currently serving a 25-day jail sentence for violating probation, according to the Los Angeles Times. The former Pistons star is serving his time at the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center in Orange County, California.
But despite the jail sentence, Caldwell-Pope is somehow still playing in practices and games for the Lakers under a work-release program. Caldwell-Pope is allowed to attend practice and play in Lakers games in California, as long as he’s wearing a GPS monitor outside of the detention center.
Caldwell-Pope's sentence stems from an incident that took place in Michigan in March. He was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated before pleading guilty to a lesser charge of allowing someone to drive his vehicle while under the influence. He was placed on probation for 12 months. But Caldwell-Pope reportedly failed to submit to mandatory alcohol and drug testing as part of the terms of his probation, which led to him being sentenced to jail time.
While Caldwell-Pope is able to play home games in California, he's going to miss a game in Houston on Dec. 31 and one in Minnesota on Jan. 1 since he's been barred from leaving the state. But he's expected to be at Friday’s game against the Warriors.
Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Lakers after playing in Detroit for four seasons. He’s currently third on the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game. The Lakers released a statement about Caldwell-Pope's unorthodox jail sentence, saying the team is "abiding by the terms of a program for Kentavious that were established for him by a court in the state of Michigan."