Rookies and former college teammates Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur, were caught with possession of marijuana Wednesday night while attending the NBA's Rookie transition program camp.
The consequences of their actions: a $20,000 fine, public embarrassment, and a damaged public reputatuion before logging one official minute in their professional careers.
In addition to the illegal substances found, several women also occupied Chalmer's and Arthur's hotel room, another violation of camp rules.
Highly regarded by Pat Riley, Mario was chosen by the Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA draft in June to help solidify a promising core down in South Beach.
The combination of Chalmers, Beasley, Wade, and Marion was supposed to jumpstart a team who had the worst record in the league last year at 15-67.
Chalmers looked to be the Heat’s starting point guard heading into 2008-09 season, but because of this new development that plan seems to be halted.
Riley despises character issues in his players; a major reason why the seasoned coach wasn’t fond of drafting Michael Beasley second overall.
As for Arthur, he was expected to be one of the centerpieces of the Grizzlies' franchise, side by side with Mike Conley Jr., O.J. Mayo, and Rudy Gay.
Memphis acquired Darrell in hopes of avenging the third worst record in the Western Conference last season at 22-60.
The duo also may begin the season on the league's suspension list, postponing their anticipated debuts.
The youngsters have not only failed to honor the NBA's substance abuse policy but have also penalized themselves, their teams, and their fans because of their poor judgement.
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