Kings news: Zach Randolph potentially facing a ban from the NBA due to recent arrest
Sacramento Kings big man Zach Randolph was recently arrested in Los Angeles for marijuana possession with intent to sell. However, Randolph’s lawyer has since dismissed the part of the story involving marijuana as “false and misleading”.
It was a huge blow not only on the team, who is banking on his leadership to keep the young Kings in check, but also on the 16-year veteran who have worked hard in transforming his previously-troubled image into that of a good soldier for the entirety of his stint with the Memphis Grizzlies.
However, things could go worse for Randolph, who could very well follow the path that this former teammate O.J. Mayo was forced to tread after the latter was kicked out of the league for violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy.
Ronald Tillery, in his article for The Commercial Appeal, tackled Randolph’s situation and stressed that the league’s collective bargaining agreement takes this issue very seriously and the repercussions are not, by any means, light.
The league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a player will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana.
The situation is still developing but this was definitely not what Sacramento had in mind when they viewed Randolph as the one to set an example to his Kings teammates.