NBA All-Star Zach Randolph faces misdemeanor marijuana charge in LA

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Last month, Randolph was hanging with a group of people outside of the Nickerson Gardens public housing community in Watts, when Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officers busted up the crowd and arrested two people, including the National Basketball Association star. Randolph had originally been facing a charge of "possession of marijuana with intent to sell" which is a felony, but Los Angeles city prosecutors made a decision to charge him with misdemeanor drug possession instead.

Los Angeles city prosecutors allege in court documents that the Kings forward was in possession of more than 28.5 grams (about 1 ounce) of marijuana, more than 4 grams of concentrated cannabis or both. Randolph also is accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in the discharge of their duties.

Name SearchWatch Service' Raymond Brothers, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages seeking comment Friday.

Presumably, though, the embarrassment of initially charging a wealthy celebrity with a completely unfounded drug dealing charge will lead to Randolph walking free to focus on more important matters than a bag of weed, like getting ready to start the National Basketball Association season in October.

The former All-Star and another man were arrested August 9 after gang officers observed a large crowd of people near 112th Street and Zamora Avenue and tried to disperse them, said Officer Liliana Preciado, spokeswoman for Los Angeles Police Department. Randolph and another man ran inside a home and were arrested after a crowd of bystanders formed and attempted to block the officers, police said.

Officers chased the group and detained two men.

After the arrests, the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks, police said. According to TMZ, six cop cars were vandalized, including slashed tires and broken windows, and the LAPD was forced to form a battle line to calm things down.

Randolph played for Michigan State and was drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. He spent another season-plus with the New York Knicks before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers 11 games into the 2008-09 season.

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