Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm  |  24 responses

Ex-UNCC star Rodney White Arrested For Marijuana-Growing Operation

Unfortunate to see that Rodney White, a former hooper who led UNC Charlotte to the NCAA Tournament a decade ago, has gotten himself into a bit of trouble. Via the Charlotte Observer: “Rodney White, who led UNC Charlotte’s basketball team to the 2001 NCAA tournament and was a first-round NBA draft pick, was arrested Tuesday in Iredell County and charged with managing what investigators called ‘an elaborate’ marijuana-growing operation in Alexander and Iredell counties. White, 31, is scheduled for an initial court appearance today in Statesville, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say they linked White to a marijuana-growing operation near the Alexander County town of Hiddenite. He was arrested at a home in Mooresville, along with a woman identified as Nicole Denise Jackson. Three young children were in the home, deputies say. … Detectives say the two men admitted their involvement in the operation. ‘During the search, an elaborate underground bunker was located, where detectives found a hidden marijuana grow room,’ Redmond said. Based on that discovery, agents got a search warrant for a residence on Montibello Drive in Mooresville. Redmond said detectives found more than four pounds of marijuana; an assortment of firearms; grow lights; planting materials; and other items used to grow marijuana. Investigators said they also found items that linked the residence to the Alexander County operation. White and Jackson were charged with felony manufacture of marijuana; felony possession of marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia. White also was charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, Redmond said.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Of course he was…

  • Detroit Dave

    All those charges for 4lbs of weed???? damn

  • larrylegend

    Plant a Seed, Free the Weed!

  • T-Money

    i mostly remember him for puking at msg lol. it’s crazy that a 9th pick only lasted 4 years in the league. i’m sure he thought he was set for life when he got drafted. even looking at his wiki, dude has not played for the same team in consecutive years since he left the league.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    AHHHHHHHHH! Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, marijuana is running rampant!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Michael Beasley could not be reached for comment…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Part of that weak 2001 NBA draft (though it wasn’t as weak as 2000’s).
    Check out all these first rounders that are no longer in the L –
    Eddy Curry (4th overall, hasn’t played in forever)
    Eddie Griffin (7th overall, RIP)
    Rodney White (9th overall, lasted four seasons)
    Kedrick Brown (10th overall, lasted four seasons)
    Kirk Haston (16th overall, lasted two seasons)
    Michael Bradley (17th overall, lasted five seasons)
    Joe Forte (21st overall, lasted two seasons)
    Jeryl Sasser (22nd overall, lasted two seasons)
    Brandon Armstrong (23rd overall, lasted three seasons)

  • bike

    Well, the demand for weed has grown tenfold since the lockout.

  • hillbilly

    Lt. Horatio Caine: “Looks like someone took a wrong turn on Tobacco Road and ended up on Buddah Boulevard.” (removes sunglasses) YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Well, they do suggest you have plans for life after hoops.


    Its frusturating, and sad, when u hear of stupid mo-fo’s doing their dirt w/kids around. Idiotas!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno


  • Chukaz

    what’s the big deal? its just weed. ppl gotta let this kinda sh*t go already. its not like cocaine or crack or meth, its just weed

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max



    I agree w/u 2 a certain point Chukaz. Weed cannot b put on the level of crack, meth or even booz. My prob is having ur children grow up n that type of environment. As a past weed smoker, I don’t having nuthin against weed. But fact is, its illegal wether we like it or not. The law is the law. And when u decide 2 manufacture weed u put ur kids @ risk. That, I do not condone.

  • Dr. DL

    Man I remember really wanting to see guys from that draft succeed. It was one of my first drafts as a true nba junkie, reading scouting reports and so on. Rodney White was supposed to be this athletic, do-it-all prospect who could score or run an offense effortlessly. And then I remember a couple games (with the Nuggets of the Kenny Satterfield, Vincent Yarborough era) where he put up triple-doubles or close to. For some reason he was that guy that I wanted to see cash in on the potential in that draft. As Enigmatic pointed out, though, a lot of those guys fell short.

  • dahon

    Legalize and regulate, damn it.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Non violent drug offenders of ANY kind, ESPECIALLY those charged with possession, should NOT be rotting away behind bars. The laws governing the drug war in America are an absolute farce.
    The United States is the biggest jailor on Earth. With only about 6% of the world’s population, the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. How is it that, in a so-called “free” country, the United States houses more prisoners than CHINA, the world’s most populated country with a government that many of us consider authoritarian?
    Tell me why a human being deserves to be caged most of his/her entire life because of some substances and not others? Even if it is something worse, like crack or cocaine–so what? That’s their problem; let them deal with it or try to HELP them, instead letting entire inner-cities go to sh!t while trying to arrest them.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    African-Americans account for roughly 13% of the population, yet make up 40% of the drug felons serving jail time. This, despite the fact that rates of drug abuse within different ethnic communities is the same. Meaning, if 3% (arbitrary number) of blacks are drug offenders, then 3% of whites and 3% of Latinos, etc. are also drug offenders–meaning most of the drug abusers in this country are white. By a long shot.
    But who the hell does the drug war target? Yeah…
    Funny that the right-wing nuts in America claim to want greater freedom and less government intervention, but only when it has to do with lining their pockets.
    If the government spent more money on EDUCATING the youth of America instead of waiting to jail them once they reach 18, they wouldn’t have to tax the people so damn much. And maybe, just maybe, there would be a lot less crime. But hey, unless we’re caging people till they die alone and miserable, we’re being soft on crime! (Even though rates of drug abuse and other crimes have gone way up from before the drug war was implemented).

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Man, am I lucky I live close to Holland. :)

  • treetrunks

    yea Max; nice one..wish i did too..

  • treetrunks

    was in Amsterdam last year..awesome

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ Teddy – I agree with you to an extent, but clealy the mere possession is not the only issue in this specific case…dude was growing and very possibly selling pot with 3 young kids in the house, not to mention the guns they found there. Not a great situation for young kids to be in wouldn’t you say?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Co-sign Mr. DL, although with a little trepidation considering his name.