Not a great week for players in the Sacramento-Memphis pipeline.
Ben McLemore, who went from the Kings to the Grizzlies, broke his foot. And Zach Randolph – who went the other way on a two-year, $24 million contract – got arrested.
LAPD officers were called to the Nickerson Gardens area in L.A. around 10 PM — and when they arrived, cops found a large crowd of people smoking, playing loud music and blocking the roadway.
Three people were detained — including Randolph, who was eventually arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell. We’re told the “intent to sell” part was due to the large amount of weed found.
After the arrests, we’re told things got crazy — the crowd became unruly and LAPD had to call for backup.
We’re told 6 cop cars were vandalized — tires slashed and windows busted — and cops formed a battle line to restore order.
In the end, cops recovered 2 guns, drugs, a significant amount of cash and 2 vehicles were impounded — though it’s unclear if any of those things belonged to Randolph.
The Kings said they are aware of the situation but would not comment at this time.
It is fairly common for people arrested with large amounts of marijuana to have the charge of intent to sell put on them, but that charge is often dropped by prosecutors as it is tougher to prove. Possession and use of recreational marijuana is legal in California.
Back in 2010, Randolph was implicated as a marijuana kingpin in Indianapolis. Though he never faced charges, this latest incident renews questions. He was also accused in 2011 of orchestrating a beating and robbery of a marijuana dealer Randolph had invited to his house. He wasn’t charged for that, either.
The NBA fines players $25,000 for a second marijuana conviction/positive test, then players are suspended five games for a third violation. For a first violation, a player is sent to an education, treatment and counseling program, although if there is an arrest and conviction of sales the league likely would add some response.