Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested by Los Angeles police Wednesday night on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell, according to police reports.
According to the reports, officers were on a routine patrol when they came across a group blocking the street, openly drinking alcohol, smoking weed, and blasting loud music. According to the officers the crowd then refused to disperse and a disturbance ensued that resulted in vandalism of five Los Angeles police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle.
The amount of marijuana Randolph possessed was not reported but it had to be more than an ounce as, according to California law, possession of up to an ounce is legal. The 6-foor-9 forward must have had a lot on him to prompt intent to sell charge. What’s not legal, and what got Randolph in trouble, is smoking on public property.
The official time of Randolph’s arrest is 11:00 p.m., he was booked at 4:23 a.m. on Thursday and bail was set at $20,000.
According to police, another person was arrested for possession of a gun.
Some people on social media are capturing the hysteria of being arrested for possessing weed in Los Angeles, America’s defacto weed capital.
Zach randolph caught a weed case in Cali….that’s like being arrested in Miami for fake butt implants…cops trying to hurt the economy smh
— Jay Jones II (@JayJDONDA) August 10, 2017
So let me get this right… Zach Randolph arrested for possession of Marijuana w/ the intent to sell in California where marijuana is legal.
— Scott Williams (@ScottWilliams) August 10, 2017
Zach Randolph arrested for selling weed in a state where weed is legal.
— brian (@brianbuck13) August 10, 2017
Just wrong place at the wrong time with Zach Randolph, not much else… Cause weed is legal and intent to sell is hard to prove
— Rob Haynes (@R0BH4) August 10, 2017
Randolph made a name for himself as the lovable big man for the Memphis Grizzlies where he spent the last eight seasons and led the Grizzlies to seven straight playoff appearances. Last season the 36-year-old averages 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds before signing a two-year $24 million deal with the Kings.
Despite being a fan favorite and a force in the low post, Randolph has had his mishaps off the court. While playing for the LA Clippers in 2009 Randolph was arrested for investigation of drunken driving in west Los Angeles.