The Sacramento Kings’ Zach Randolph was one of two men arrested during a clash that began Wednesday night between police and community members outside the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts, authorities said.
Randolph, 36, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale. Also arrested was Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s records show that Randolph was arrested and held on $20,000 bail. The LAPD has given a different spelling of his name but confirmed that the NBA player had been arrested.
Randolph, a former All-Star, recently signed a two-year, $24-million free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings after eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He spent part of the 2008-09 season with the Clippers. He grew up in Indiana and attended Michigan State University, according to the NBA.
Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson said he disagreed with the officers’ actions.
Harris-Dawson said he was “very disappointed” that police arrested the sports star on suspicion of a marijuana offense in an African American neighborhood hard hit by the