Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday night, according to police reports.
According to the reports, Randolph was one of two people arrested in a disturbance in the Watts neighborhood that included six police cars getting vandalized when a large crowd formed near a housing project. Officers observed three suspects reaching for their waistbands and ran, with one man immediately detained and two others going inside a unit where a party was taking place and attempted to block officers from entering.
Cash, narcotics and two guns were recovered from the scene, according to LAPD officer Drake Madison. Two cars were also impounded.
Randolph, 36, was arrested at 11 p.m. PT and released Thursday morning on $20,000 bond. He has an Aug. 31 court date set in Los Angeles. Stanley Walton, 43, was also arrested on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict.
Randolph’s agent and attorney, Raymond Brothers, said the charges are false and misleading and they are looking at options to resolve the matter.
Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Sacramento Kings last month after averaging 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Memphis Grizzlies last season. The two-time All-Star has played 16 NBA seasons, including the past eight for Memphis.
Randolph is the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in rebounds (5,612) and his 9,261 points is third behind Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.