National Basketball Association star arrested on pot charge in Los Angeles

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Police responded in large numbers to the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts Wednesday for what was described as an angry crowd, possibly throwing rocks and bottles at officers. Skirmish lines were set up as well as LAPD air support in an effort to quickly control the crowd. The officers then tried to disperse the crowd, and the disturbance escalated.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell, according to police reports. He was released Thursday morning after posting $20,000 bail.

"The charges are false and misleading", Randolph's agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. "We're looking at all options to resolve this matter".

Officers reportedly encountered a group drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and playing loud music while blocking the street in the Nickerson Gardens area in Los Angeles. After the arrests, we're told things got insane - the crowd became unruly and LAPD had to call for backup.

The arrest was part of a disturbance that resulted in damage to five Los Angeles Police Department vehicles and one sheriff's vehicle, according to ABC-7 in Los Angeles. No officers were hurt.

Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.

It was a huge blow not only on the team, who is banking on his leadership to keep the young Kings in check, but also on the 16-year veteran who have worked hard in transforming his previously-troubled image into that of a good soldier for the entirety of his stint with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Randolph, a two-time All Star who joined the Kings on a two-year US$24 million (S$32 million) contract earlier this summer from the Memphis Grizzlies, was detained along with another man. "We have no further comment at this time".

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