Former NBA champion Rasheed Wallace says ex-teammate Zach Randolph, who was arrested and charged with intent to sell marijuana in Los Angeles last week, is not guilty.
“I know for a fact he ain’t no dope dealer,” Wallace told TMZ Sports on Monday, adding that Randolph just knows how to have fun.
“The bigger the paycheck, the bigger the party,” said Wallace, who during the interview coincidentally was wearing a T-shirt that read “Healers not Dealers” with a cannabis leaf on it.
Randolph, who signed a two-year, $ 24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings this offseason, could face sanctions from the NBA if he is found guilty of the charge.
The NBA has a strict anti-drug policy, which it used to suspend O.J. Mayo, another ex-teammate of Randolph’s, for two seasons. Mayo was banned last year after failing drug tests in Memphis and with the Milwaukee Bucks, testing positive for marijuana three times.
It will ultimately be up to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to decide Randolph’s punishment after his next court date on August 31. Randolph, 36, has played 16 seasons in the NBA, including with the Knicks in 2007-08.
Raymond Brothers, Randolph’s agent and attorney, told the Associated Press that the felony charge is “false and misleading.”
If a punishment doesn’t come from the league, the Kings could levy their own suspension after the case is resolved, according to Sports Illustrated.
Randolph’s name has been floated in lawsuits regarding marijuana in the past, but he was never charged with any crimes.