Kings’ Ran­dolph ar­rested on drugs charge

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Vet­eran Sacra­mento Kings for­ward Zach Ran­dolph was ar­rested on a mar­i­juana charge af­ter po­lice cars were van­dal­ized when a large gath­er­ing be­came un­ruly at a Los An­ge­les hous­ing project, author­i­ties said on Thurs­day.

Ran­dolph, 36, was taken into cus­tody on Wed­nes­day on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing mar­i­juana with in­tent to sell, ac­cord­ing to Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cer Norma Eisen­man.

“The charges are false and mis­lead­ing,” Ran­dolph’s agent and at­tor­ney Ray­mond Broth­ers told As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day.

“We’re op­tions mat­ter.”

Po­lice on pa­trol ob­served a crowd drink­ing, smok­ing pot, blast­ing mu­sic and block­ing streets at the Nick­er­son Gar­dens project in Watts, author­i­ties said.

The of­fi­cers ob­served three peo­ple, in­clud­ing Ran­dolph, “reach for their waist bands” and then run away, look­ing at to re­solve all this Eisen­man said.

An of­fi­cer de­tained one of the three men — who was ques­tioned and re­leased — while Ran­dolph and an­other man, Stan­ley Wal­ton, went in­side a home, po­lice said.

A crowd be­gan to form and the by­s­tanders tried to block the of­fi­cers, author­i­ties said. Of­fi­cers were able to en­ter the home and ar­rested Ran­dolph and Wal­ton in­side.

Af­ter the ar­rests, the crowd grew and peo­ple be­gan throw­ing bot­tles and rocks, po­lice added.

Five po­lice cars and one sher­iff’s ve­hi­cle ended up with smashed win­dows and slashed tires. No of­fi­cers were hurt.

Wal­ton, 43, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of car­ry­ing a gun as an ex-con­vict. A po­lice spokes­woman said she did not know if he has an at­tor­ney.

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

Ran­dolph, a 16-year NBA vet­eran, spent eight sea­sons with the Mem­phis Griz­zlies be­fore sign­ing with the Sacra­mento in July.

The Kings is­sued a state­ment on Thurs­day say­ing they were aware of the sit­u­a­tion and would have no fur­ther com­ment at this time.

Zach Ran­dolph

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