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Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams Denies Arrest Rumors

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Much talk of the early college basketball season has been about Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams, and how incredible he’s been after a quiet rookie year, where he spent most of his time on Jim Boeheim’s bench.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard is leading the nation in assists (10.4 per game) while leading a regrouped Orange squad to an 8-0 record, and the number-4 ranking, just a season after losing some of its best, most experienced player.

As poised as Carter-Williams has been on the court, it seems he may have run into his first problem off of it. The Hamilton, Massachusetts bred guard was rumored (there were no official reports, just Social Media buzz) to have been arrested at a Lord & Taylor in the local shopping mall for shoplifting, having been seen in handcuffs being taken out of the story by mall authorities.

According to NBC Sports, Syracuse police have offered no comments to any questions regarding the possible arrest, and Carter-Williams tweeted (and then deleted) “bottom line I was not arrested” in response to the rumors he had been facing.

Syracuse.com was able to get a hold of Carter-Williams on Tuesday, and they got a more thorough response from the likely future NBA phenom:

“It looked worse than it was. That’s about it. It was a misunderstanding. It’s all worked out. I’m not worried about it or looking back on it. I’m looking ahead to practice today and the next game.”

With Boeheim on a recruiting trip to Florida to start this week, no comments have been made from him, but I bet both he and Carter-Williams are looking forward to hosting Canisius on Saturday at the Carrier Dome, and putting this whole mess behind them.

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