The elite prep basketball summer circuit was dealt a severe shock when one of its most recognized coaches was arrested for possession of a variety of narcotics in a DEA search that authorities believe indicates he is a serious drug dealer.
As reported by the Washington City Paper, DC Assault head coach Curtis Malone was arrested after a search of his Washington, D.C. home uncovered a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of heroin and a firearm. The City Paper reported that the search also uncovered a variety of other items that were associated with the selling of heroin.
This isn't the first time that Malone has had a run in with the law in connection with hard drugs. The AAU coach was convicted for distribution of crack cocaine in 1991, an incident that led to jail time and a past that Malone often referred to as his "last life."
That conviction that drug dealing was in his past helped Malone convince top recruits like Jeff Green and Michael Beasley, now NBA stars in their own right, that playing for Malone was the best way to prepare for a bright collegiate future. In his early years with DC Assault, Malone maintained a relatively spotless record, right up to March.
That's when, seemingly out of nowhere, Malone was charged with assault in connection with an incident at an AAU event in Maryland. According to the Washington Post, Malone attacked a fellow AAU coach named Steve DePollar in a disagreement over budding middle school phenom Joseph Hampton.
At the time, Malone was charged with second degree assault. Now he appears to be in much more serious trouble, leaving the future of a prominent AAU program in one of the nation's largest cities in serious doubt.