Anthony, 20, was issued a summons last Friday at Denver International Airport while the Nuggets were waiting to board a flight to Milwaukee for a preseason game.
"I am innocent of this charge because I did not use or intentionally possess marijuana. I had no idea that there was marijuana in my backpack," Anthony read from a statement Thursday. "I sincerely regret any embarrassment this unfortunate incident has had on my family, supporters and the Denver Nuggets organization. They have always stood by me, and that means the world to me."
Anthony's attorney, Daniel Recht, said that the marijuana was left there by an out-of-town friend who borrowed the backpack last week.
"The friend obviously uses marijuana and left a small amount in the backpack when he returned it to Carmelo," Recht said. "Carmelo had no idea there was any marijuana in the backpack."
|Carmelo Anthony is trying to explain how a bag of marijuana ended up in his backpack.(AP)|
Recht said Anthony's friend, James Cunningham of St. Louis, has signed an affidavit taking responsibility for leaving the marijuana in the backpack. Cunningham often stays with Anthony when he's in Denver on business.
Recht said he has met with a city attorney and believes the citation against his client could be dismissed as soon as Friday.
"I am perfectly confident that the city attorney will be fair and it is my belief that he will in fact dismiss the case against Carmelo Anthony," Recht said.
Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe doesn't want Anthony to be treated differently because he is a professional athlete.
"Our position is that the city attorney has always been extremely fair, and I think that Carmelo -- we want him treated like everybody else," Vandeweghe. "We want all the facts to come to light, which I think that most or all of them have."
Recht also said he received a letter from Vandeweghe verifying Anthony passed four random drug tests last season and another just two weeks ago. The letter also said tests from U.S. Olympic Committee at the Athens Games this summer came back negative.