(Los Angeles, CA) – ESPN reports The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell.
Other accounts claim the arrest was part of a Wednesday night disturbance that resulted in damage to five Los Angeles Police Department vehicles and one sheriff’s vehicle.
Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado told The Associated Press.
According to the police report, Randolph was arrested at 11 p.m. PT, booked at 4:23 a.m. and released Thursday morning as bail was set at $20,000. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 31, according to sheriff’s department’s online records.
Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers said Thursday that the charges are false and misleading and that they are looking at options to resolve the matter.
LAPD officials told ABC-7 that officers were on routine patrol when they encountered a group drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and playing loud music while blocking a street at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts. The officers then tried to disperse the crowd, and the disturbance escalated.
Officers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles. Several police cars ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires.
The 6-foot-9 free agent signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Kings in July.
A friend of Randolph’s faced a marijuana rap in 2010 after Indianapolis police found him driving Randolph’s sport utility vehicle with a cooler containing marijuana in it. Randolph maintained he was not involved and he was never charged.