NBA Star Arrested at Watts Project Where Pot-Smoking Crowd Gathered


Zach Randolph of the Sacramento Kings was one of two people arrested during Wednesday night's confrontation between LAPD and an unruly crowd in Watts, Los Angeles police said.

The current Sacramento Kings player was arrested by LAPD near an apartment complex.

TMZ Sports reported that Randolph had a substantial amount of marijuana on him at the time of his arrest.

Randolph would have been one of three people arrested when the police attended the scene of a party on the public road. The LAPD has given a different spelling of his name but confirmed that the National Basketball Association player had been arrested. No officers were injured. Additionally, police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics.

In an email provided to Bleacher Report by CNN, it was reported that police responded to the Nickerson Gardens housing project in South Los Angeles due to a large group of people drinking, smoking marijuana and blocking the street. While they were detaining the men, the growing crowd became agitated and surrounded the officers, Preciado said. The disturbance escalated with Randolph being arrested at 11 p.m. PT and booked 5 1/2 hours later with bail being set for $20,000, according to police reports.

This article was originally published at 6:15 a.m.

Randolph, who spent the prior eight seasons of his National Basketball Association career in Memphis, played 39 games with the L.A. Clippers during the 2008-09 season. Randolph had spent the last eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and has also played for the Clippers, Knicks and Trail Blazers in his career.