Thu May 27 11:45am EDT
After an NBA career that's seen him play on four teams in nine years, be arrested multiple times and hoist one of the most hilarious air balls in history, Zach Randolph(notes) really turned a corner for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. He played hard, he played well, and somehow was a model citizen despite sharing a city with Three 6 Mafia. It was a pretty chill year for Z-Bo.
But like they say, you can't teach an old dog how to not get in trouble with the law. According to Indianapolis 6News' Jack Rinehart, Randolph's latest misstep might be a big one.
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.
Uh-oh. Even more uh-oh, police followed information in the Escalade to a storage facility where there are four units rented in the name of Zach Randolph. In two units, there were controlled substances, as well as four cars with hidden compartments, which I would imagine are not used for storing various maps and atlases.
Naturally, Randolph has, through a lawyer, denied a connection to any drug activity. His attorney, John Tompkins, also states that the secret compartments are used for hiding valuables and that the Grizzlies will be issuing a statement supporting Randolph on Thursday.
As ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin notes, this could be one of those things where Randolph has a hand in the operation while remaining so far removed from it that he can't be implicated. It's a sticky situation, and really too early for anybody to know what's going on, but this is definitely not something Memphis fans wanted to hear following their most promising season in years.