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Ron Artest just says no


On the California ballot next month is a measure that would legalize marijuana use in the state. Not just medical marijuana, we’re talking flat out legalize. Which if passed (two recent polls had it leading, with younger voters supporting it overwhelmingly, across party lines) will lead to fun legal battles with the federal government. Your tax dollars hard at work.

Ron Artest doesn’t care. He’s not touching the stuff, he told Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register.

“Even if they legalize marijuana, I won’t be smoking marijuana…”

Later Saturday night, Artest wrote via Twitter: “are they really going to legalize marijuana? … i hope not!! … its not cool kids might think its cool.”

Artest, like a lot of players as they get older in the league, realizes that taking care of their body means cutting back on some of the excesses of youth. You know, maturing.

Artest stopped drinking last January during the season, then this summer stopped he championship celebration in July. Artest has been known as a guy who likes to drink, but it turns out he’s a guy who wants to win more.

Going sober may be good for the hoops career, but can you be a credible hip-hop star and be sober? This may doom his rap career.

Marijuana charges against Udonis Haslem dropped

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Thumbnail image for udonis_haslem.jpgFor all the times the “it’s not my joint, I’m holding it for a friend” excuse has been used, it had to be true once.

Marijuana charges against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem have been dropped, as reported by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Miami Dade County prosecutors dropped the charges because they could not prove possession.

Haslem was pulled over last month in the Miami area for illegal window tint, but the officer smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle. After searching the car, Haslem and his passenger were charged with possession of marijuana, along with the window-tint charge and speeding.

At the time Haslem’s attorney Eric Schwartzreich said the charges would not stick, that there was no way to prove possession.

A passenger in the vehicle, Antwain Fleming, who acknowledged in the police report that luggage containing the marijuana was his, was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

“They sent the container out for his prints, to see if Haslem’s prints were on the container, they’re not,” Schwartzreich said Thursday, when the print analysis was completed. “They’ve got another guy claiming all the marijuana is mine in the beginning and Udonis’ prints are not on the container.”

And there you have it.

Brandon Roy apologizes for appearance in marijuana positive rap video


nba_roy_250.jpgBrandon Roy is pretty late to the “appear in a rap video” trend. If pasty white Mark Cuban is doing one before you, you are tardy.

But Roy — along with Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford — is in the new video for Cali & Cavalli’s “What They Want,” which first showed up over at BlazersEdge. The music and video itself is pretty run of the mill — they brag about making tons of money and how badass they are to a pretty simplistic rhythm.

Oh, and a guy rolls one up. Some 4:20. The Ganja. The mota. That’s marijuana for those of you over 40 reading this.

So in one scene you have Roy mugs for the camera, a few scenes later someone is rolling one up. I’m not going to run the video because of the NSFW lyrics (and this is still a national news organization with a book of standards and regulations, plus I really like my job).

Blazers edge caught up with Roy who apologized profusely.

“The first thing when I seen it, I was really disappointed with myself. I’m usually a guy who’s very conscious of what’s going on around him…

“It’s something I shouldn’t have been involved in. I don’t smoke marijuana. I don’t think kids should do it. I’m against those things. I just feel really bad that that’s something that’s associated with my name and my family. And that’s not what we’re about.

“I think the biggest thing is I don’t want to shine a lot of light on the video because it’s something that I don’t want kids watching and saying, ‘Hey, Brandon Roy was in there.’

“It’s a situation where I should have been more responsible. Usually I am. I don’t want to sound naive. Like, ‘Hey, I didn’t know nothing about what was going on.’ I did know the guys were shooting the video but I wasn’t participating in what they were talking about. I didn’t even know what the topic of their video was.

“They’re old friends. For me, I was trying to be nice but at the same time I don’t want to be a part of something like that.”

It’s not the association of marijuana and Roy that really is the issue, Oregon in general and Portland in particular are about as laissez faire on the topic as it comes.

But after the “Jail Blazers” era, people up there are pretty sensitive to their hoop stars being tied to drug use. No matter how tenuous the ties. But the fans there should not be getting all over Roy — he’s one of the good guys. He owned up to it. He apologized. This is not a Lance Stephenson-level issue. Time to be laissez faire and move on to real issues again.

Zach Randolph implicated as major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis


zrandolph.jpgZach Randolph, drug kingpin?

That is the charge coming out of Indianapolis — he has been implicated as a major marijuana supplier in the Indianapolis area. Randolph has not been arrested or charged, but he is currently in the middle of a police investigation in Indiana.

Randolph was born and raised in Marion, Indiana, about 90 miles outside Indianapolis. . Fox News Memphis has the best synopsis.

A stake out on a suspected drug house 2 weeks ago led to 32 year old Arthur Boyd being pulled over in a Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle had marijuana and ammunition inside, and was registered to Randolph.

The Escalade led police to a storage facility where they say Randolph rents four lockers. According to the document, police dogs found controlled substances in two of the four lockers.

John Tompkins, Randolph’s attorney, was quoted by 6News saying that Randolph is not connected to any drug activity. He went on to say that the vehicle’s secret compartments were a safety precaution for concealing valuables. The Memphis Grizzlies will release a statement supporting Randolph on Thursday, according to Tompkins.

Randolph has a history of run-ins with the law, although never anything that would have suggested drug dealing. Last summer in Los Angeles he was arrested for driving under the influence, and back in 2002 he was arrested for underage drinking. He also was convicted of battery at the age of 17.

It appears Randolph will say he had ho knowledge of what his friend was doing with his truck and his storage facility. Maybe. Or could be what government officials like to call “plausible denial” — you know what is happening but you set up enough distance so you can’t be implicated. Really, this is so early, it’s hard to say here which is the truth.

But Randolph at the very least looks like he’s in for a rough summer. And maybe much worse.

Randolph has one more year on his current contract and is owed $17.3
million next season. He had another solid season last year — the guy has
always been able to score from the left low block and rebound well. His
defense has always been suspect but Marc Gasol covered that up this
past season. What he does well is what Memphis needed from the position,
and so he fit in better than anywhere he has been (save maybe the 06-07
season in Portland). 

Knicks Wilson Chandler arrested for marijuana possession

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Wchandler.jpgIf you’re going to get busted for possession for marijuana — a drug half the country wants legalized anyway — might as well go all out.

Like have smoke coming out of your car when you get pulled over by the cops. And having a joint plus like five bags of herb in that car. And driving around with your headlights off at night.

Well done Wilson Chandler, you have nailed it.

According to the New York Daily News, Chandler got pulled over at 11:30 pm in Queens last night for all of that. Then the reporters called his relatives in other states to get their reaction, and listen to them say, “not our nice boy.” Nice stereotyping job by the Daily News throwing in that Chandler has a lot of tattoos, by the way.

Maybe this was medicinal for the groin strain that kept him out the last few weeks of the season….

Nah. This will mean rehab and maybe a suspension for Chandler, the third-year swingman who played well for stretches in the Knicks up-tempo system. He is young and can play, so this is not going to seriously hurt his standing among general managers or even on his own team.