Grizzlies’ Josh Jackson in diversion program after music festival arrest
Former lottery pick Josh Jackson is willing to start with a clean slate following his trade to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jackson is currently in a diversion program to settle a misdemeanor charge. He was charged with resisting arrest and escape last May following an incident at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami.
The 22-year-old forward entered into the program on July 2 and will be dismissed if he completes all the tasks that will be required from him. However, details of what the diversion program will be has not been released to the public.
According to Emily Caron of SI.com, this is not the first time that Jackson has entered a diversion program, as he went through a similar process back when he was in college.
“The 6’8, 200-pound forward also agreed to enter a diversion program in 2017 before entering the NBA to settle a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage which stemmed from a confrontation with a University of Kansas women’s basketball player in 2016.”
Jackson, the fourth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 NBA Draft, has never lived up to the expectations. Furthermore, he has been involved in several controversies, which led to the Suns’ decision to finally give up on him.
It is unclear if he can clear his act and rejuvenate his career with the Grizzlies, but one thing is for sure: if he keeps putting himself into trouble, it won’t be long before he’s out of the NBA.