Former NBA star Rasheed Wallace is defending Zach Randolph after he was arrested for possessing around two pounds of weed. Wallace said that Zach Randolph was partying not selling weed.
Rasheed Wallace Defends Zach Randolph
Last week, Randolph was arrested when cops found him at a party with two pounds of weed. He was arrested for marijuana possession with intent to sell, which is a felony charge in California.
But now, Wallace, who was Randolph’s teammate with the Portland Trailblazers, is adamant his friend was not selling weed. “I know for a fact, he ain’t no dope dealer,” Wallace told TMZ Sports.
Despite the 36-year-old Randolph getting caught with over two pounds of cannabis, Wallace thinks it was purely for recreational use. In fact, he told sources that Zach Randolph was partying not selling weed: “It seems to be—no matter who you are—the bigger the paycheck, the bigger the party,” Wallace went on to say.
Wallace also added that he thinks Randolph will face the wrath of the NBA if he is convicted. “Well, I’m pretty sure if he’s found guilty of that little misdemeanor, I think something will happen. I don’t think it will be detrimental, but something will happen.” Wallace explained. “Because it’s not legal in the league yet.”
Final Hit: Zach Randolph Was Partying Not Selling Weed
Despite his friend’s strong support, it’s unlikely Randolph will get off easy. Luckily, he was arrested in L.A., which is a bit more lenient on cannabis use. But even after Californians voted to legalize recreational weed last year, it’s still illegal to have two pounds of it out in public.
Although many NBA players admittedly smoke cannabis, two pounds is pretty indicting. Even if Randolph does not get in legal trouble, the NBA might not be so forgiving. It remains to be seen how the league reacts, but judging by its current stance on weed, it doesn’t look good.
Randolph and Wallace were teammates from 2001-2004 when Wallace was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. He was promptly traded to the Detroit Pistons just days later, where he captured the 2004 NBA title that year.
Randolph spent the first six years of his career on the Portland Trailblazers, before getting traded to the New York Knicks. He spent a year in a half in New York before getting shipped out once again to the L.A. Clippers. After just half a season in L.A., he was once again moved in the offseason to the Memphis Grizzlies.
He played for the Grizzlies for eight seasons, before recently signing a two-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. After his arrest last week, it’s unclear how Randolph’s legal problems may affect his role with the Kings.
In a final message for Randolph, Wallace told him to “keep your head up” and “just wait for the season to come around and play strong.”