The King’s Zach Randolf and the legal ramifications of his recent Marijuana Possession arrest
When Zach Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings in July, it finally seemed like the Sacramento Kings were doing everything right. Prior to his arrest, Kings fans were excited that Randolph was going to be in Sacramento. He brings a veteran and physical presence to the team in which the youth at his position could have definitely needed going forward.
All that came into question when the newly acquired King was arrested for felony drug charges on August 10th. LAPD officers reported to a disturbance call in a South Central LA neighborhood around 10 p.m. They discovered a group of individuals blocking off a street while drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and playing loud music. When cops attempted to disperse the crowd, the action escalated.
The 36-year-old former NBA All-Star was found at the disturbance. He was later questioned and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to reports, Randolph was found with about 2 pounds of marijuana—obviously, a substantial amount. It is unclear what role Randolph may have played in the disruption before his arrest.
Possession of marijuana can trigger a felony charge in California if law enforcement officers believe that the defendant had sold or delivered marijuana to a person under the age of 18. Depending on the age of the marijuana purchaser/recipient (among other factors), a convicted defendant can be sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.
Randolph’s arrest may come as a surprise. California is one of eight U.S. states where certain amounts of marijuana can be lawfully consumed recreationally. This sort of lax description shows how marijuana is not completely legal in any state. California and other States that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes have done so with strings attached. Those strings include restrictions on the amount of marijuana a person can lawfully possess and restrictions on public use of marijuana and public intoxication.
Impact of the felony charge on Randolph’s NBA career and his role on the Kings
Neither the NBA nor the Kings have taken any disciplinary action against Randolph. Neither likely will until there is a resolution in this case.
For their part, the Kings could also elect to punish Randolph, whom the team signed to a 2-year, $24 million contract during the 2017 offseason. Like the NBA, however, the Kings will probably wait to see how Randolph’s legal matter plays out. We will also have to wait and see if this arrest affects his role as mentor to the younger players on the team.