Following an arrest for marijuana violations at a Los Angeles street party in early August, Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph faced potential felony charges. As reported at the time of the incident, the amount of marijuana Randolph carried lifted him into the category of “intent to sell” according to California law. Yesterday TMZ.com reported that formal charges against Randolph do not include intent to sell, but will be limited to “misdemeanor possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor resisting arrest”. TMZ also reports that the charges carry a penalty of up to one year in jail, but since this is Randolph’s first arrest he will not likely face jail time.
Randolph joins the Kings this season after playing eight years for the Memphis Grizzlies. His new contract with the Kings pays him $24 million over the next two years. He began his NBA career in 2001, a first-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers.