Backup guard Bell jailed for suspicion of DUI
Warriors guard Charlie Bell seemed his usual self before his team's game against the Chicago Bulls, smiling and chatting with his teammates. Nobody could tell by his demeanor that his arrest had become public knowledge.
"He's a good guy, and he's a good teammate," said one Warrior, who requested anonymity. "We know he doesn't want to hurt this team."
The Warriors confirmed Saturday that Bell was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Friday morning by the California Highway Patrol. He was near Lake Merritt in Oakland just shy of 3 a.m. He spent a few hours in jail.
"We are aware of the incident in which Charlie Bell was arrested on suspicion of a DUI early Friday morning," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said in a statement. "We are obviously disappointed that one of our players would put himself in a questionable position -- regardless of the final outcome -- as this is certainly something we do not condone as an organization and take very seriously."
Just hours before his arrest, Bell -- acquired from Milwaukee in the Corey Maggette trade -- played six minutes in the Warriors' win over the Bucks, his lengthiest appearance since Dec. 5. Bell was in uniform against Chicago. He declined to comment beyond the team's release.
"I have been fully cooperative with law enforcement officials during this time," Bell said in a statement, "and look forward to a resolution to this matter."
-- MARCUS THOMPSON II