Sacramento Kings player Zach Randolph has reportedly been formally charged with two misdemeanors in connection with his arrest earlier this month in Los Angeles, according to TMZ Sports.
The charges, which carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison, include one count of possession of marijuana and one count of resisting arrest.
Randolph, 36, had originally been charged with felony marijuana possession the night he was arrested following a scuffle with police at the Nickerson Gardens public-housing complex in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to TMZ Sports, however, prosecutors reduced the charges for unknown reasons.
Randolph, who never appeared publicly concerned about his arrest on Aug. 9, was reportedly part of a crowd of people at the housing complex that evening, where police arrived to find people playing loud music and blocking the roadway.
Police detained Randolph that night, along with two others, according to TMZ Sports, who attempted to flee the scene. Police reportedly recovered two guns, drugs and cash and impounded two vehicles during the melee that saw an agitated crowd allegedly vandalize six police cars. No injuries were reported.
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The Kings, which only noted in a statement after the incident that they were “aware of the situation,” have not commented on the latest reports regarding Randolph, who recently signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the team.
Randolph, a two-time all-star who has played in the league since 2001, ran into trouble with the Portland Trail Blazers early in his NBA career, getting cited for underage drinking in his rookie season (he was 20), earning a DUI, punching teammate Ruben Patterson during practice and getting sued for sexual assault by an exotic dancer (to be fair, he was not exactly surrounded by virtue while playing for Portland in the “Jail Blazers” era). While playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI by the California Highway Patrol, earning a two-game suspension. But he also has been something of a fan favorite in both Portland — he was named the NBA’s most improved player in 2003-04 — and in Memphis, where he became the face of a franchise that made the playoffs seven times during his tenure and advanced to the Western Conference finals in 2013.
In July, after a season in which Randolph transitioned successfully into a reserve role in Memphis, he signed a free agent deal with the Sacramento, where he’ll be reunited with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger.
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