Zach Randolph to be Investigated for Drug Trade?

From Indianapolis News 6, we have this shocking report:

According to a probable cause affidavit, a trusted police informant identified Memphis Grizzlie player Zach Randolph as a major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

Despite his numerous previous off-the-court dramas, Zach Randolph was apparently well-behaved this season. Some of his property, however, was involved in significantly less legal activities than professional basketball:

According to the affidavit, the Cadillac Escalade that Boyd was driving was registered to Randolph, and police found marijuana and ammunition stowed inside.

"One of his vehicles had what we call hidden compartments that contained suspected narcotics, that being marijuana," said Lt. Jeff Duhamell.

Based on information found in the Escalade, police later raided a northeast side storage facility, where they said Randolph rents four lockers.According to the affidavit, a police K-9 alerted to controlled substances in two of the four units, and police found more cars with secret compartments inside. 

Zach Randolph's attorney issued a statement that Boyd, the drug dealer using Randolph's Escalade, works for Randolph, but that Zach had no knowledge of his activities. The secret compartments were apparently meant to hide valuables, not controlled substances or firearms.

I don't have much on this tonight, but trust me, you'll be reading about it plenty. Z-Bo has long been a lightning rod for trouble, and though his on-court work ethic appears improved, this doesn't seem to suggest that he has completely cut ties with his shady past.

The Grizzlies are prepared to come out fully in support of Z-Bo, and will likely roll out a press conference on the subject before this story makes major waves. After the Wizards late reaction to the Gilbert Arenas ordeal this season, I think publicly acknowledging even the slightest hint of an investigation will become the status quo around the Association. 

What I will say is this -- this is a risk the Grizzlies were willing to take. There's a reason we were able to effectively trade Darko Milicic for Zach Randolph, an All-Star. Even if you personally change, once you've been near the criminal lifestyle, it's incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to completely avoid that past. Carmelo Anthony found that out the hard way in the "Stop Snitching" video, and the Grizzlies are about to learn the lesson too.

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