Court records blocked from release in Zach-Randolph-related civil case
Sheriff's records indicate police aimed a weapon at Grizzlies star while searching his home in 2012.
In 2011, a drug dealer admitted to going to a West Linn, Oregon home owned by Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph in an attempt to sell marijuana to people there. He claimed he was beaten with pool cues by associates of Randolph after Randolph balked at the price. The case was dropped in March of 2012, after the district attorney determined the case was "not prosecutable" based on the testimony of an admitted drug dealer. The alleged victim has filed a civil suit, however, in pursuit of over $4 million in damages, however.
On Monday, a judge approved a motion to block the release of confidential records, the Oregonian reports. However, the sheriff's office which investigated the case did release records this week, including some eye opening things:
During a search of his West Linn-area mansion last year, professional basketball star Zach Randolph ignored a deputy sheriff's order until the deputy aimed his handgun at Randolph's "center mass," according to police reports released this week.
Then, when deputies looked under Randolph's bed they found an assault rifle and a Desert Eagle high-powered semiautomatic pistol.
Deputies searched Randolph's home Aug. 21 while investigating a beating that occurred when a small drug deal went sour at a wee-hours party at the former Trail Blazer's home. Randolph later called the beating victim's home and asked a relative "how much money it was going to take for this to go away," the reports said.
Randolph, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, has since left Oregon, and the home is listed for sale at $1.29 million.
Randolph played six seasons in Portland for a team that became known as the "Jailblazers" because of their repeated run-ins with off-court issues. In 2010, a longtime friend of Randolph was arrested in Indiana while driving a car belonging to Randolph containing a cooler full of marijuana.
Randolph averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies last season.
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