Zach Randolph charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, resisting arrest
Zach Randolph appeared in court on Thursday stemming from his drug arrest earlier this month, and the NBA veteran had his charges reduced to misdemeanors.
Randolph was arrested on Aug. 9 following an incident where a mob of people at a housing project assaulted police officers and damaged their cruisers. When the melee was broken up, Randolph was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, which is a felony. On Thursday, the 36-year-old had the charges reduced to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, according to TMZ.
While that’s good news for Randolph, he still could face up to a year in prison if convicted on both charges. However, he isn’t going to face the serious punishment from the NBA that he could have been hit with if convicted of a felony.
Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings this offseason. He averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game with the Memphis Grizzlies last season. This is not the first time the big man has been in trouble with the law, as he was suspended two games in 2009 following an arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.