LEBRON James tweeted a funny reaction to fans suggesting he bail Alex Caruso out of jail after his LA Lakers teammate’s marijuana arrest on Tuesday.
The NBA star reacted with a meme joking he’d pay “straight cash” to get Caruso out.
Caruso, 27, was arrested in a Texas airport on Tuesday afternoon after cops allegedly found an herb grinder that contained marijuana residue in his bag.
The sports star had reportedly been boarding a flight at Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas, at around 2pm local time when Transportation and Security Administration agents made the discovery.
Basketball podcast host Josiah Johnson had shared a video of a man telling a cat trapped inside a store that he was going to get him out in reaction to the arrest.
“You don’t belong in there,” the man says in the clip.
“When LeBron found out Caruso got arrest,” Johnson joked.
James was criticized by some on social for his reaction to the tweet.
“LeBron, why are you condoning marijuana usage?” one Twitter user asked.
“I've personally lost over 100 loved ones due to marijuana overdoses. Marijuana is a lethal and addictive drug. With your platform, you need to set a good example.”
“Wow, you support drug abuse,” another claimed.
Others lapped up the NBA star’s reaction, tweeting “Free Caruso.”
“Lebron is saving Caruso. Thank you king. We love you,” another wrote.
According to KBTX, TSA agents called Texas A&M Police on Tuesday after they found what appeared to be drug paraphernalia after searching Caruso's bags.
Records from Brazos County Jail show that Texas A&M police arrested Caruso on charges of possession of paraphernalia and marijuana possession.
The university police made the arrest as the airport is located on its property.
According to these records, Caruso paid a $552 fine following his arrest.
The Lakers player has been released on bonds totaling $4,200.
He played four seasons for Texas A&M before signing with the Lakers in 2017.
Caruso is currently an unrestricted free agent.
He has played a key role in the last four seasons since joining the Lakers.
He averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 58 games this past season, according to ESPN.
In Texas, possession of marijuana less than two ounces is a class B misdemeanor.
It is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
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