Zach Randolph Reaches Plea Deal on Marijuana Possession Charge

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2017

ARCHIVO - Foto de archivo del 27 de abril de 2017 del jugador de los Grizzlies de Memphis, Zach Randolph, durante un partido contra San Antonio en Memphis, Tennessee. Randolph fue arrestado por posesión de marihuana el 9 de agosto de 2017 en Los Angeles.  (AP Foto/Brandon Dill,Archivo)
Brandon Dill/Associated Press

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph reached a plea deal regarding his August arrest for marijuana possession.

On Wednesday, TMZ Sports reported Randolph was initially arrested for felony possession with intent to sell in August before the charges were reduced to misdemeanor possession and resisting arrest.

However, TMZ noted Randolph reached an agreement to plead no contest to the misdemeanor resisting arrest charge and had the marijuana charge thrown out.

"Randolph was sentenced to 150 hours of community service as part of a diversion program, which means if he completes the hours and keeps his nose clean for 12 months, the resisting arrest conviction will be wiped from his record," TMZ wrote.

Randolph's agent, Raymond Brothers, released a statement on the decision, per TNT's David Aldridge:

"As we have said from the beginning, the reports regarding Zach Randolph were false and misleading. After being accused of marijuana possession, all charges have been dropped. He was never arrested with any marijuana in or on his possession. He has been cited for delaying a police officer. It's defamatory for someone to say anything to the contrary."

The report also noted the Michigan State product could have faced a year in jail if he was convicted on both accounts.

Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Kings this offseason after eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. The two-time All-Star averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds last season and is expected to provide frontcourt depth alongside Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos and Skal Labissiere in Sacramento.