(Marion, IN) – The brother of Kings forward Zach Randolph has been shot to death outside of a bar in the two-time All-Star’s hometown of Marion,Indiana.
Authorities said an officer heard gunfire at around 5 a.m.and found Roger Randolph bleeding between two cars around 5 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police do not believe it was a random act but haven’t released any information regarding suspects or a motive. Zach was not with his brother at the time of the incident. Roger Randolph, who was 35 years old, had several brushes with the law, including for a 2004 shooting at a nightclub that wounded three people and landed him in prison.
Roger Randolph was sentenced to three years in prison in 2005 for his role in the nightclub shooting in Anderson, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Marion and is where court records say he had been living when he was killed. The shooting apparently stemmed from an argument on the dance floor.
Zach Randolph was at the club that night and was questioned, but he wasn’t charged.
Roger Randolph was charged last year with OWI, the Indiana equivalent of driving under the influence. There was a hearing last week in that case, which was unresolved.
Zach Randolph led Marion High School to a state championship in 2000 before heading to Michigan State University and then the NBA. In addition to the Kings, he has played for the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis
Grizzlies. He is a two-time NBA All Star.
Roger Randolph was also a gifted basketball player growing up in Marion, but he got into trouble and was kicked off the high school
team. His mother sent him to a boarding school in Pennsylvania, according to a 2004 story by The Oregonian .
(Sacramento, CA) – Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, the team said. It announced late Saturday that a chest X-ray and CT scan came back clear and that McCaw would undergo an MRI.’‘I just hope he’s OK,” a visibly distraught Carter said after McCaw fell. ”I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. You can tell me whatever, it was an accident. … I don’t like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can’t feel his lower half.”
McCaw drove the baseline and went down with a thud at the 41.8-second mark of the third quarter, hit in the lower body by Carter. McCaw lay in agony for about 10 minutes as the arena silenced. Carter, who was given a flagrant-one foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State’s basket.”Vince is not that type of guy, he’s never been that type of guy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. ”Freak accidents,things happen. A guy jumps and he didn’t touch him much if you’re as high as you can jump you lose your balance easier. I know that was tough on Vince.”
Players for both teams eventually came to the floor as McCaw was placed on a stretcher and wheeled away with his neck stabilized. McCaw, who appeared to be trying to dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter’s right shoulder before landing hard on his troublesome back.Kerr swore and was visibly frustrated and hollered ‘‘He knows better,” referring to Carter, before going out to the court to check on his second-year guard.
Carter got close to McCaw and offered some words just before the stretcher was pulled away. The two teams then gathered in a huddle before the game resumed after about a 10-minute delay.”I remember his foot hitting the side of my leg, that’s it,”Carter said. ”I’m not going to sit here and complain about a flagrant when a man can’t feel his legs.”Carter said he approached members of the Warriors after the game and apologized. He appreciated the kind words from the Warriors but couldn’t get his mind off seeing McCaw on the floor.’‘It’s all well and good but still a young man is trying to get his feeling back and that’s my concern,” Carter said. ”Regardless of how it happened, accident, all of the things that they were telling me, you still want to see him OK.”
(Sacramento, CA) – The Sacramento Kings are remembering an unarmed black man shot to death by police. The Kings wore black warm-up t-shirts with Stephon Clark’s name on the back before last night’s game against the Boston Celtics.
The front of the shirts was inscribed with “Accountability. We Are One.” A PSA video against gun violence the teams made played during the first quarter of the game. Last night’s expressions came three nights after a huge protest blocked the Golden 1 Center arena where the Kings play their home games.
The shirts were the idea of Kings guard Garrett Temple.Clark was in his grandmother’s backyard the night of March 18th when Sacramento Police officers shot him 20 times. Police were looking for a man reported to be breaking car windows. The officers who shot the 22-year-old Clark said he pointed a gun at them. It turned out he had a cell phone in his hand.
(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.