Report: Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams caught shoplifting

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Carter-Williams has been a standout player this season but reportedly attempted to steal from a Lord & Taylor. (US Presswire)

The Post-Standard is reporting that Syracuse sophomore guard and likely future NBA Draft pick Michael Carter-Williams was witnessed shoplifting this past Sunday at a local mall.

Carter-Williams paid Lord & Taylor a $500 fine to settle the dispute, the Post-Standard said, citing two sources.

Carter-Williams put a bathrobe and gloves into a backpack while in a fitting room, both sources said.

According to one of the sources, store security saw Carter-Williams go into a fitting room with merchandise and a backpack and then leave the fitting room without the merchandise visible. The activity was captured on the store's security video, the source said.

Carter-Williams was apprehended by store security as he prepared to leave, according to the report. The action found life on Twitter as a rumor earlier this week. According to the Post-Standard story, Carter-Williams admitted his guilt in writing and then paid his fine with a credit card.

He avoided arrest and no charges were levied against him, according to the report.

As of now, Syracuse has not released a statement on the matter; Carter-Williams and Orange coach Jim Boeheim did not expound on the incident when confronted by local media earlier this week.

The 8-0 Orange, ranked No. 4 in the country, play at home Saturday against Canisius.

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