NBA star Zach Randolph was arrested in Los Angeles Wednesday after police say they found two pounds of marijuana on him that was in a large backpack at a street party. The partiers then rioted and damaged police cars.
Police were on patrol in LA at about 10 PM and when they encountered a large crowd of people playing loud music and smoking marijuana and blocking the roadway, according to ESPN.
After three people were arrested, including Randolph, the crowd became unruly. Police called for backup when the crowd grew and began throwing bottles at the police.
Five LAPD vehicles and one sheriff’s vehicle had their windows broken and tires slashed.
Police recovered two guns, drugs, a significant amount of cash and two vehicles were impounded, according to TMZ.
Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson was critical of the police’s actions to arrest Randolph, according to the LA Times.
Harris-Dawson said he was “very disappointed” that police arrested Randolph on suspicion of a selling marijuana in an African American neighborhood when medical marijuana dispensaries continue to operate illegally. Los Angeles plans to begin licensing recreational cannabis businesses by January, following a legalization vote last November.
“Here’s Zach Randolph, a 33-year-old man with a multimillion-dollar contract in a housing project, and our city is still arresting people with the idea, I guess, that he was selling weed to make ends meet,” Harris-Dawson told the newspaper.
“Especially when right down the street there’s a storefront with a green cross on it where people are illegally selling marijuana and they’re actually advertising on the Internet and the whole nine yards.”
“We need to end that nonsense once and for all,” he said, adding that he planned to speak to police about the incident.
Randolph, who just signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, which is a felony. Randolph had bail set at $20,000, which he posted.
Zach Randolph was a fan favorite when he played for the Memphis Grizzlies. That NBA team announced it has plans to retire his No. 50 jersey.