We told you a couple weeks ago how Portland big man Marcus Camby had been pulled over, found with a small amount of marijuana and charged with possession in Texas. And we all pulled out some old “Jail Blazers” jokes and dusted them off.
Now Camby has been cleared of all charges, reports the Oregonian.
Camby and Kendal Johnson were arrested last month after police discovered a small amount of marijuana in Camby’s car during a traffic stop in Pearland, Texas. But after weighing evidence — and accepting a guilty plea from Johnson — Camby has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
“For the record, Marcus Camby did not get charged with a crime and Marcus Camby did not possess any marijuana,” Randall Novak, Camby’s Houston-based attorney, said.
Texas is not a state with the most progressive marijuana possession laws in the nation (shocking, I know) so this shows how little contraband we are talking about. Also, that is Camby’s cousin taking the hit on this.
David Stern can’t fine Camby even if he wanted to because of the lockout. So Camby walks away from this only have to pay a lawyer.
If you want, turn the comments into a debate about whether or not this should even be illegal. It’s a valid debate (and I’d fall on the side of saying it shouldn’t be, except the part where he is operating a car), but it’s moot here. The fact is it is illegal right now.
Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby was arrested Monday and has been charged with marijuana possession near his home in Texas, according to the Oregonian.
Camby, who lives in the Houston area during the offseason, was driving a black Porsche around midnight Monday morning, when he was pulled over for having an illegal sun screen device blocking his front window. Officers questioned Camby and a passenger in the car and noticed the smell of marijuana.
The officers were granted permission to search Camby’s car and apparently discovered several marijuana cigarettes and a small bag of the same substance under the front seat.
Camby was released on $2,000 bond.
Apparently Camby has not watched or did not grasp the meaning of Reefer Madness. And by the way, my mom calls them “marijuana cigarettes” but I didn’t think anybody else did.
I know, shocking, an NBA player smoked some marijuana. Still, he’s going to go have to go through the legal process on this, which my guess is not as lenient in Texas as it might be in Oregon.
We’d say he’d have a fine and suspension coming from the league, but with no Collective Bargaining Agreement there is nothing the league can do. The Blazers are not allowed to comment on the situation.