Chalmers, Arthur in trouble for possession
Ex-Kansas Jayhawks teammates Darrell Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies and Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat were thrown out of the NBA rookie transition program on Wednesday for getting caught with marijuana and women in their hotel rooms, league sources said.
“They will be appropriately sanctioned and have to repeat the program next year,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
One league source said the players claimed the marijuana belonged to the women.
Arthur and Chalmers, who starred in Kansas’ 2007-08 national championship season, were just starting a four-day life-skills orientation that the NBA mandates for all rookies. The two players are expected to be fined $20,000, and the league possibly could fine the Grizzlies and Heat also.
Arthur was the 27th overall draft pick in June, and his rights were traded three times before settling in Memphis. Chalmers was the 34th pick, ending up in Miami after a draft-night trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.