Caldwell-Pope Played Actual NBA Games With Ankle Monitors

Published on June 16th, 2022 12:18 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

That time when a ball player wore a monitor during games while serving jail time. Did you know that there was a NBA player who actually played games with an ankle monitor?

That player was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, aka KCP.


While playing with his first NBA team, the Detroit Pistons, Caldwell-Pope pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Caldwell-Pope failed a field sobriety test after going 45 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Caldwell-Pope pled guilty and was given one year of probation.

In addition, the NBA decided to suspend him for two games, and the Pistons would release him shortly after.


KCP would sign a 1-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Caldwell-Pope would violate his probation and spend 25 days in jail, though he was allowed to leave his facility for home games and practices.

Part of the deal was that KCP would be forced to wear an ankle monitor during his home games and practices.

If you search online, you can actually find pictures of Caldwell-Pope playing for the Lakers with an ankle monitor on.

The monitor, as you likely know, was to ensure that Caldwell-Pope could be tracked, and to also ensure that he wouldn't leave the state without permission.


Caldwell-Pope would serve out his sentence without incident, and there wasn't much made of it at the time.

In retrospect, however, KCP playing in NBA games with an ankle monitor is pretty humorous.

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