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Josh Jackson’s felony charge at music festival reduced to misdemeanor

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New Memphis Grizzlies forward Josh Jackson received good news on Friday when it was announced that a felony charge against him would be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Jackson received the charge at a music festival in Miami. The 6’8 wingman attempted to enter a VIP area without a pass and was promptly arrested. While in cuffs, Jackson attempted to run from police.

All of this occurred in May when Jackson was still with the Phoenix Suns. Since then, he has been swapped to the Grizzlies for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter.

Unfortunately for Jackson, this isn’t the first time he has had a run-in with the law. While a freshman at the University of Kansas, Jackson and teammate LaGerald Vick were hit with a vandalism charge for damaging another student’s car. Both were hit with a fine and forced to take anger management classes.

The Grizz are hoping that the change of scenery helps Jackson reach levels that he never could in Phoenix.

The Kansas star was drafted fourth overall in the 2017 draft by the Suns, and quickly impressed in the Summer League. However, inconsistency and shaky shooting led to a rookie season that didn’t meet the hype that Jackson’s selection brought to Phoenix.

Entering his third season, Jackson has a chance to show he is still capable of living up to his draft spot. Memphis is the perfect place to do it, as they will be developing young players all year.