This past Wednesday, August 9, 2017, new Sacramento King and longtime NBA veteran Zach Randolph was arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. Of course, Randolph followed this incident up by saying this was simply just a rumor and that he was innocent.
If, and most likely when Randolph is found guilty, he could be facing a ban from the NBA with no set return date for violating the NBA anti-drug policy. The last player that was convicted of this was former Milwaukee Buck guard O.J. Mayo. Mayo was suspended on July 1, 2016, and is eligible to be signed to an NBA roster on July 1, 2018. There is no news on how long Randolph would be suspended for if found guilty.
Mayo and Randolph were once teammates in Memphis while playing for the Grizzlies. Ironic. The Grizzlies also announced that they will be retiring Randolph’s number 50 this year even though he is still an active player, a strange move to say the least.
The Kings thought they had a solid signing this offseason by obtaining Randolph. Although he was not going to play big time minutes, he would be able to be a mentor for the young Kings’ core. Just the Kings luck I guess.
All of this could have been avoided if Randolph simply followed Stephen A. Smith’s advice, “GET OFF THE WEEEEEEEDDDDUUHHHH!”