Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested for weed in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. He was charged with a felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
Zach Randolph Arrested for Weed
According to TMZ Sports, Randolph was arrested around 10 P.M. after cops arrived at the Nickerson Gardens area. While on a routine patrol, they noticed a large number of people blocking the roadway. As they got closer, they heard loud music and noticed people smoking and drinking.
Reportedly, three people ran from the area grabbing their waistbands. The cops followed after them.
Three people, including Randolph, were then detained. Randolph was subsequently arrested for possession of weed with intent to sell. Apparently, this was due to the large amount of weed Randolph had on him at the time.
It’s unclear just exactly how much he had in his possession. Randolph’s bail was set at $20,000. Another man in the incident was arrested as well. He was an ex-con who was charged with gun possession.
Following the arrests, things started to get out of hand at the initial scene. The crowd began to riot, and six cop cars were vandalized. Windows were smashed, tires were slashed, and eventually, cops needed to call for backup. Officers formed a line and brought the entire ordeal to a close.
Final Hit: NBA Players and Weed
This isn’t the first time Randolph has been arrested. He was cited for drunk driving back in 2009 when he was playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Similarly, Randolph is not the first NBA player whose cannabis use has been made public. In fact, a large percentage of professional players regularly consume weed.
Last year, former point guard Jay Williams said that 75 to 80 percent of all NBA players consume cannabis. He went on to say that many of them use it for medical purposes.
Williams said that for professional athletes, cannabis is a much better and safer way to deal with injuries and pain than relying on prescription painkillers.
Steve Kerr, former Chicago Bulls player and current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, echoed Williams’ thoughts. In fact, Kerr said that he had used weed at various points in his career.
Kerr also said that cannabis could be a better way for athletes to deal with the stresses and pains of playing sports than prescription painkillers.
Despite the high percentage of players who consume weed, and despite calls for allowing athletes to use medical cannabis, the NBA continues to ban weed.
At the end of July, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the NBA has no reason to change its rules. “I don’t see the need for any changes right now,” he said in an interview with Portland Trailblazers guard C.J. McCollum.
He added: “Our players are constantly traveling, and it might be a bit of a trap to say we’re going to legalize it in these states, but no, it’s illegal in other states. And then players get in a position where they’re traveling with marijuana, and we’re obviously getting into trouble.”