Newly signed Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested early Thursday morning for felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell, after police responded to a call at the Nickerson Garden Housing Project in Watts in Los Angeles.
The police that responded to the scene were attacked by the crowd that gathered, and police cruisers were overturned before authorities gained control of the situation. It’s yet unknown at what point Randolph was detained.
CBSLA described the details of the arrest, and unrest:
The incident began at around 10 p.m. near 112th Street and Zamora Avenue. Los Angeles police noticed a group of people gathering in the area. When officers responded, a mob formed and began to destroy police cruisers and throw objects at officers, prompting them to call for backup, police said.
Randolph, 36, was taken into custody on felony charges of drug possession with intent to sell, police told CBS2. A second man, identified as Stanley Walton, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Randolph was booked at 4:23 a.m. Thursday in the Los Angeles County Jail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate records. He was being held on $20,000 bail. He was still in custody as of 7 a.m.
On the surface it doesn’t make sense why Randolph would be selling marijuana on the side, since he’s earned over $140 million in his career and just signed a two-year $26 million deal with the Kings this offseason. It’s even less clear what he was doing there in the first place.
Randolph has yet to comment on the arrest.
Here’s CBS LA’s report from the scene.