Zach Randolph could be banned by NBA if convicted of felony marijuana charge – The Commercial Appeal


Zach Randolph became a beloved Grizzly – and a beloved Memphian – during his time in the Bluff City from 2009 until this year when he left for the Sacramento Kings. But when he first joined the Grizzlies he had a troubled history. Here’s a look at some incidents of Z-Bo’s pre-Memphis days. Ayrika Whitney/USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

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April 9, 2016 – Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph during the game against the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum. (Nikki Boertman/The Commercial Appeal)(Photo: Nikki Boertman, The Commercial Appeal)Buy Photo

Former Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph could face similar penalties ex-teammate O.J. Mayo received in terms of being banned from the NBA for violation of the league’s anti-drug policy.

Randolph was arrested Wednesday and charged with “intent to sell” marijuana in Los Angeles. TMZ reported it was two pounds of marijuana.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a player will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana.

Mayo was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA in 2016 for violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program, the first player to receive that punishment in a decade.

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Mayo, 29, spent his last three NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He played four seasons for the Grizzlies and one for the Dallas Mavericks before joining the Bucks.

He averaged 7.8 points in 41 games during the 2015-16 campaign before he was banned. Mayo was the third overall draft pick in 2008, and Memphis acquired his

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