September 03, 2008
Those who deride the NBA like to make a big deal of, among other things, the fact that NBA players have occasionally been known to imbibe in slightly illegal substances. Namely, marijuana. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement is specifically tailored to this reputation -- it heavily punishes "hard" drugs and doesn't do nearly as much about alcohol and marijuana. That seems pretty sensible.
Another one of the NBA's supposed vices is women. More specifically: groupies. The NBA groupie culture is legendary and probably a bit overblown, but it's there all the same.
Combine the two, and you get a recipe for either a really interesting night out that your girlfriend can never, ever, EVER know about ... or you get in really big trouble. Unfortunately for former Kansas Jayhawks Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur, they got the latter. And they're not even really NBA players yet! Y!'s Adrian Wojnarowski has the scoop:
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 it’s possible that the league could fine the Grizzlies and Heat too.
It doesn't seem the players will be forced out of the NBA, which is good, because Bill Self has a busy enough schedule, what with laughing atop piles of money by morning and containing Niko Bellic wannabes with dorm-range BB guns by night. He doesn't need to add the perfect storm of marijuana and women to the Jayhawks. Because, of course, neither Chalmers nor Arthur, nor any other college player, ever partook in those sorts of things during their time in college. That would have been positively uncollegiate.