TMZNBA star Zach Randolph was arrested in L.A. on Wednesday night — igniting a crazy disturbance that required cops to call in the cavalry for backup, TMZ Sports has learned. LAPD officers were called to the Nickerson Gardens area in L.A. around 10 PM — and when they arrived, cops found a large crowd of people smoking, playing loud music and blocking the roadway. Law enforcement sources tell us 3 people were seen grabbing their waistbands and running — so cops went after them. Three people were detained — including Randolph, who was eventually arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, A FELONY. We’re told the “intent to sell” part was due to the large amount of weed found. Another man who was arrested was an ex-con in possession of a gun, law enforcement sources say. After the arrests, we’re told things got crazy — the crowd became unruly and LAPD had to call for backup. We’re told 6 cop cars were vandalized — tires slashed and windows busted — and cops formed a battle line to restore order. In the end, cops recovered 2 guns, drugs, a significant amount of cash and 2 vehicles were impounded — though it’s unclear if any of those things belonged to Randolph.
Zach Randolph had some off the court issues early in his career as a member of the Jail Blazers and the Knicks, but over the past few seasons he has turned his image around, and became a respected veteran leader on the Grizzlies. It’s that veteran leader who the Sacramento Kings thought that they were getting when they signed Z-Bo to a two year $24 million contract this summer, a player that has seen it all, and who can mentor the Kings young talent. However, Zach Randolph may be spending time behind bars instead of playing for the Kings, as he was arrested on the felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell in Los Angeles. Zach Randolph did not seem too concerned about his arrest, he is already out on bail, and was all smiles to the paparazzi as he left jail. Story developing, keep it here for updates.
UPDATE: Z-Bo leaving jail: