Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph said Monday he was "wrongfully arrested" on Aug. 9 at a Los Angeles housing project on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell. Randolph, who signed with the Kings in July after eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession and resisting arrest, instead of the felony charge, and ultimately was sentenced earlier this month to 150 hours of community service. "I'm not speaking a lot about it," Randolph told reporters Monday, "but I felt that I was wrongfully arrested. Things that was put out there wasn't true. But I don't want to be a distraction to my team, my organization, so I'm just going to move forward and play basketball." When asked whether he expects a fine or suspension from the NBA, the power forward said, "No. I didn't do anything wrong." At his court appearance in early September, Randolph entered a no-contest plea before receiving his sentence of community service. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office, said at the time that Randolph may petition the court for the charges to be vacated if he stays out of trouble for a year. Court documents said Randolph, 36, possessed "more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis or both." The two-time All-Star was also accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in the discharge of his or her duties.
Kings' Zach Randolph: 'Wrongfully arrested' on marijuana charge
ESPN | Sep 26