Report: Hawks center Miles Plumlee charged with marijuana possession

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Miles Plumlee spent his offseason recovering from knee surgery, getting traded to the Hawks and apparently getting arrested for marijuana.

Sam Amico of Amico Hoops:

Atlanta Hawks center Miles Plumlee was arrested for possession of marijuana on Long Island in late August, Vecsey wrote (subscription required). According to Vecsey’s post, Plumlee was charged with possession and released on $100 bail.

If convicted, Plumlee will have violated the NBA’s marijuana program. Neither first (warning) nor second ($25,000 fine) violations are typically announced, so it’s unclear where Plumlee is on the progression. A third violation triggers a five-game suspension.

The bigger issue: Why is the NBA penalizing players for something that ranges from a petty offense to completely legal?