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Police: Drug dealer beaten at Zach Randolph's pad

Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 12:40 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliverzach-randolph

Mo money, mo problems. As always.
 
Four months after signing a four-year contract extension reportedly worth upwards of $70 millon, Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph has found himself in the middle of another legal investigation.

The Oregonian reports that Randolph's house in West Linn, Ore., was the site of an alleged "drug-related assault" and that police served a search warrant on the premises early Sunday morning.
At 12:30 a.m. this morning, detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office’s homicide and violent crimes unit served the warrant at Randolph’s home, at 1425 SW Turner Road. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. James Rhodes said Randolph was home at the time police served the warrant.

Rhodes said the search warrant came as part of a drug-related assault that occurred at the home early Saturday morning. 

A man who was at the home told police he was assaulted with a pool cue by multiple people; Randolph was at home at the time of the incident, Rhodes said, but was not a suspect in the assault.
KGW.com reports that the man who was assaulted identified himself as a drug dealer.
James Beasley, 26, told KGW News that he went to the West Linn home of former Portland Trail Blazer Zach Randolph to sell marijuana and when there was a disagreement over price, he was beat by men with a pool stick.

Beasley, who met with KGW along with his brother, suffered a concussion in the attack.
Beasley's brother told the news station that he was "disappointed" Randolph did not intervene to stop the beating.

CBSSports.com wire reports provided these additional details on Monday evening.
The man told sheriff's deputies at least three men assaulted him but Randolph was not among them. No arrests have been made, and authorities said none were expected on Monday. Beasley was treated for head and face injuries and released from a hospital later that afternoon, when he called police, Rhodes said.

Officers served a search warrant early Sunday. They spoke with 10 people in the home at the time and recovered pool cues and blood evidence. They did not find drugs in the home. Rhodes said the evidence "was consistent with the victim's statement about where and how he was assaulted," and authorities were trying to figure out who was involved in the assault.

Beasley told officers he recognized Randolph and was certain the Grizzlies star wasn't involved in the beating, but he didn't know the names of the people who assaulted him. Beasley said there were about 20 people at Randolph's home at the time. Rhodes said detectives will probably ask the victim to pick the suspects from a lineup.

Randolph could not be reached for comment by telephone or at his home and the Grizzlies declined to issue a statement.

Randolph has owned the home since his time as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, where he played from 2001-2007. During those years in Portland, when the team was often referred to as the "Jail Blazers," Randolph was involved in numerous scrapes with the law and reportedly suckerpunched a teammate at practice. He has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen weapons, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was implicated in a drug ring. As a member of the Grizzlies in May 2010, drugs were found in an automobile belonging to Randolph.

NBA LEGAL TROUBLE
The 2010-2011 season served as redemption of sorts for Randolph, who led the Grizzlies past the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. 

When Randolph signed the extension during the Grizzlies' first round series against the Spurs, he made the case that he has grown up.
"I’ve changed as a player," Randolph told MySanAntonio.com. "I’ve matured. I know the game better. I feel like I’m getting better as a player."

He also told the Sporting News that he has gotten a bad rap. "I feel like I’ve been misunderstood," Randolph said. "People talk in this league. People who don’t know you hear something and go with it."

Randolph, 30, averaged 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds in 36.3 minutes per game last season.

Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:33 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

I am a person who grew up in a tough part of town, and most of my childhood friends would be considered thugs.  I was fortunate enough to be okay at school, and land a decent well paying job now that I am in my early thirties.  Are you telling me that if I invite these people, my friends,  to my house, and they get into a fight with someone that I should get thrown in jail?  Guilty of association is a harsh sentence don't you think?  

How can you sit there and tell me you would drop all of your old friends and make new friends at where "the country club" because some of your old friends and family are thugs.  It is very easy to judge, but I think if you put yourself in his shoes, you will realize that he has not forgotten where he comes from.  He may be trying to help rehabilitate some of these so-called "thugs." 

Life is not always black and white.  Furthermore, we don’t know what the guy did to get pummeled by the pool cue.  Maybe he wrote a dumb post on CBS Sportsline.  LOL.





Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:16 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

Please remember that in the NBA contracts are guaranteed unlike the other sports.  So he gets his money regardless of how this plays out.  Because of this, he won't be cut or kicked out by the team.  Ain't it good to be an American :)



Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:04 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

Zach went to Michigan State man,get your facts together..



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:00 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

slim, he went to michigan state.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:52 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

Funny you never heard about him getting into any trouble while at Duke and Coach K was watching him. Maybe he should ditch these "friends" and get Coach K back in his life and get straightened out before he pisses away everything good in his life for a jail sentence.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:23 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

I'll never understand why players put themselves into these situations. I can understand that you have some friends over and a few of them can get in a fight. But to have drugs around, come on, man. Why do you associate with drugs when you have so much to lose? I understand that some people may get in some trouble with the law, but pleading guilty to receiving stolen weapons and being implicated in a drug ring? That ain't necessarily guilty by association. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 2:14 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

I guess people failt to realize that Zach hasn't been implicated in any crimes.I'm sure some of you people have been in a fight atleast once in your life, or been around when one of your friends has been in one...does that make you guilty of a crime? I wasn't there, don't know what went on obviously...All I know is a guy who "is not a suspect" is getting blasted.Funny thing is too, he has few convictions for anything he has been accused of.

PS, bad article to choose for the whole stolen weapons thing, it mostly talks about Jared Jeffries winning Indiana's Mr. Basketball & Randolph saying he deserved it.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:42 am
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

Dude....You could not have put this in better words. He is a thug, i wouldn't say useless wish he played for the Sixers, but he is a thug.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:54 pm
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

Zach has used this defense before that he gets a bum rap because people misunderstood him. There are only so many gullible people in the world and even most of those have left town, Zach. You old habits and excuses do not fly anymore.

I don't care if he doesn't get charged, I'll still always believe he's a useless thug and I know for sure he's a disgusting and terrible person. Anybody that hangs around with people who are even capable of ganging up to beat another man with a pool cue is just as guilty as they are. I don't know about you guys but I don't have any friends that would come to my house, hang out for a while and beat anybody up with a pool cue.  I don't have any friends that would even consider doing that.... only thugs do things like that and only thugs are friends with people that do things like that.   They should introduce a new law everywhere in North America.  It should be called "guilty by association" because if you hang with people like that, you 100 percent deserve to go down with the thugs when they do stupid things.



Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:41 pm
 

'Drug-related assault' at home of Zach Randolph

Sorry, just a little fed up. I think he is a good player, but shouldn't be anywhere near the game with his history while playing the game.


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