After recently signing a $24 million dollar deal with Sacramento, and having his jersey retired by the Memphis Grizzlies, veteran power forward Zach Randolph‘s long career has taken a sharp turn in the wrong direction.
The 36-year-old was arrested Wednesday night on a felony charge of marijuana possession. Randolph is also being charged with ‘intent to sell’.
TMZ Sports reported that Randolph was found in possession of “roughly two pounds” of marijuana when arrested.
Randolph’s arrest was associated with a disturbance call that occurred in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. When LAPD officers attempted to break up a large party that was blocking traffic, the crowd responded violently by throwing bottles at the squad cars. The officers were forced to call backup to fully disperse the crowd. A total of six cruisers were damaged at the scene.
After being booked at 4:23 AM Thursday morning, Randolph was released hours later on a $20,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for August 31st.
Randolph’s attorney Raymond Brothers commented on the arrest, claiming that the charges are misleading and that the matter will be resolved quickly.
This isn’t Randolph’s first run in with the law, as he was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of DUI. Randolph received a two game suspension for the incident.
“Z-Bo” is entering his 17th season in the NBA, and is looking to guide a young Sacramento team with veteran leadership. It is still unclear what consequences this arrest might lead too, as the start of the NBA season draws near.