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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 12:45 am  |  37 responses

Drug Investigation May Implicate Zach Randolph

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

One of the better stories of the 2009-2010 NBA season was the turnaround made by Zach Randolph, who reinvented himself into an All-Star and all-around good guy. Everyone spoke well of him, about the positive changes he had made in his life.

And all of that may come crashing down, as Z-Bo could find himself in big trouble with the law.

A drug trafficking investigation in Indianapolis has ties to Zach Randolph, in which he’s reportedly being accused of being a major supplier of marijuana.

WRTV Indianapolis
and Fox 13 News have the details:

According to a probable cause affidavit, a trusted police informant identified Memphis Grizzlie player Zach Randolph as a major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis, 6News’ Jack Rinehart reported. Narcotics officers were staking out a suspected drug house on Indianapolis’ north side two weeks ago when they pulled over Arthur Boyd, 32, soon after he left the residence, near 75th Street and Binford Avenue, police said.

According to the affidavit, the Cadillac Escalade that Boyd was driving was registered to Randolph, and police found marijuana and ammunition stowed inside … Based on information found in the Escalade, police later raided a northeast side storage facility, where they said Randolph rents four lockers. According to the affidavit, a police K-9 alerted to controlled substances in two of the four units, and police found more cars with secret compartments inside.

Randolph’s attorney, John Tompkins, told 6News Wednesday evening that Boyd worked for his client, and that Randolph is not connected to any drug activity. He said Randolph’s vehicle has secret compartments as a safety precaution for concealing valuables, and that police have told him the vehicles are in the process of being released. Tompkins said the Memphis Grizzlies will release a statement on Thursday in support of Randolph.

In light of this latest incident for Z-bo, no one can predict what the future holds for him.

One thing is for certain, though: Now would not be a particularly good time for Randolph to ask the Grizzlies for that new contract again.

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  • mAMba

    usa: where u can sell guns legally but not a plant hmmmmmm

  • GBaby

    its just all bad…talent wasted and continued to waste. All Slam fam can do is pray that this fool would get his stuff right so we can get back to playing ball. For real though.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    i’m shocked. i thought he’d learn better after his prostitution ring in portland. guess not.

  • http://www.nbaballhog.wordpress.com God in Basketball Shoes

    Trouble just seems to follow some people, which is generally due to the associations or peer group of the individual in question. Why do we as society always expect athletes to be standup citizens? A large percentage of them come from poor, uneducated families. They grow up in bad areas with high crime rates and are surrounded by, and sometimes friends with, criminals. All of a sudden they are given millions of dollars for being good at playing a game and then are expected to behave in a socially responsible manner? I am never suprised reading stories of this nature. I hope more families eventually learn to focus more on providing their children with a solid education and moral grounding, not just a hoop and ball to play with.

  • Simmy Sosa

    Cowabunga!!!

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Wow. I came to Slam thinking there might be some blogger’s write-up on the Celtics/Magic game 5 and I’m hit with this crazy Z-Bo news. Unbelievable if it’s true – he was definitely turning it around this season.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    WAIT BEFORE YOU JUDGE, GUYS: Let all the details come out, for chrissakes. This isn’t some E! News sh*t, this is major. Honestly, this don’t even make sense, this dude makes millions, he doesn’t need to sell weed, so I’m waiting this out.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Surely investing tens of millions of dollars in real estate would have a safer and higher return with more long-term potential. Seriously.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Dave: Debatable.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    A “trusted police informant.” Now THAT is the biggest oxymoron I’ve EVER f***ing read. Of course you can trust a snitch who’s probably a crackhead on parole trying to stay out of jail. That’s the problem today-people believe everything the cops or media say. Jukai is right-don’t believe all you read. (yet anyways)

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Dave: Wrong

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “Randolph’s vehicle has secret compartments as a safety precaution for concealing valuables” haha, f&cking lawyers…

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Quotemongerer: “Zach Randolph values guns and weed”

  • doyouwantmore

    I wouldn’t judge a guy for having a little bit of weed, but honestly Zach, did you need to risk everything?

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    I dont get why he would slang. Maybe its just for chiefin. Maybe the driver did it without zach knowing. Who knows. Im sure the snitch isnt bubbles

  • pennydunk_1

    Keep your head up, Zach

  • rashado

    marijuana grows on the planet naturally, doesn’t making it illegal seem, i dunno, unnatural? arrogant? go back to bed america, your government has everything under control, you are free to do what you are told! – bill hicks

  • rashado

    there should be an official nba award for players who smoke weed and average a double double. seriously.

  • jonny c

    wow, thats depressing as hell to read. this guy has so much talent, and seeing this is so depressing. no, weed shouldnt be illegal, but it is, and that being said a guy like Z-Bo should stay away from a ring thats dealing it, as hes got so much talent that could go to waste here. :’(

  • rashado

    co sign jonny c, i disagree with the laws but i’m still really upset to see a dude like z bo who i really admire as a bball player get in trouble.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    rashado: cocaine grows from a plant too. Legalize it?

  • nastierthanu

    @ rashando I concur they can call it the mikki moore/brian grant award although neither of these 2 clowns were straight up double doule guys but it would be to easy to call it the robert parrish award.

  • Brickshooting J

    @Jukai: Saying that cocaine grows from a plant is like saying that Coca Cola grows from a plant (actually, the very same one). It takes a pretty complex chemical process to turn coca leaves into cocaine.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Knew this would bring out the pro drug crowd. Losers.

  • underdog

    Why does anybody register a drog trafficing car on his/her own name? Yet another reason to watch the Wire.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    I am still trying to figure out where he said he was arrested and convicted of drug trafficking (committed a crime).

    Maybe I should go back and read.

  • BostonBaller

    He was just trying to earn some extra green by selling the sticky icky so he could give his friend Eddy C a high interest loan…the mary jane could explain his high level of play this year…I digress.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    I want to wait for the facts to come out, but this looks bad for Zach. It’s his truck, his storage lockers – not under a corporate enterprise that he owns. It’s easier to seperate yourself and play ignorant when you can call people ‘employees’ of the company and then blame the person that ‘runs’ your company for the lockers of weed. But when you signed for everything yourself, in your name – it’s not nearly as easy to play ignorants to what you signed for and your ‘friends’ activities in your car. Zach now has a trifecta of implications; hos, weed and guns. Damn

  • Hussman25

    dumb@ss!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alan Paul

    Oh, good God.

  • larrylegend

    i wonder if z-bo ever watched the right ganster movies…didn’t seem so!

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    @Jukai & Boing:
    Okay, point made. If I’d said this in 2006 the answer would have been different.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    LEGALIZE, yes the coca plant too.

  • LA Huey

    “If Jeezy’s paying LeBron, I’m paying Dwyane Wade” I knew this whole basketball thing was a front.

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  • jonny c

    hell yeah they should legalize cocaine. my favorite drug in the world. and no, coke aint anywhere near as natural as weed. but wow, i hate to see Z-Bo go down like that, hes too good. and much better than Brian Grant or Mikki Moore. so sad to hear this news though, i hope his career takes off in the right direction.

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