In the history of NBA, there are so many cases where players became victim of drugs during their professional career but there were some players who remained pretty much uncontroversial throughout their career, it was mainly after their retirement when they were found involved in drug related issues.
Corie Blount was a prominent college basketball player of early 1990s. He was picked by the Chicago Bulls in 1993 and played professional basketball for a number of teams. His 11 years professional career was ended in 2004. He was spending a retired life when he was arrested on December 5, 2008 for possession of marijuana. He was claimed for transporting a package of marijuana to another house. On May 13, 2009, Blount was fined $10,000 dollars and sentenced to one year in prison.
Henry James stared his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 1990-91 NBA season. In his professional career, he played for six different teams. On September 7, 2006, James was charged with selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer on two counts. In May 2007, James, was sentenced to serve five years in prison after found guilty of distribution of a controlled substance.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is one of the greatest player in basketball history. In 2000, he was taken into custody for driving under the influence of marijuana. It was not the first that Kareem had been in trouble over marijuana. Earlier, in 1998, he was caught with a small amount of marijuana at Toronto airport. He admitted that he uses drugs to control his migraine headaches. He was being released after paying the fine.
Edward Lee Johnson
Edward Lee Johnson, the former Atlanta Hawks player was convicted multiple times for various crimes since he was expelled from NBA. He was remained surrounded by several controversies after expulsion and was arrested on a number of counts. He had drug problems over the years and in 2008, he was sentenced life imprisonment after being convicted for drug possession and other serious crimes.
Shawn Kemp was drafted by Seattle in 1989 and played professional basketball till 2003. On April 4, 2005, Shawn Kemp was arrested for having drugs. Kemp along with another man were found with cocaine and 60 grams of marijuana. He was charged with drug possession and found guilty. Kemp was arrested again for marijuana possession on July 21, 2006.
Donald J. Hodge
Donald J. Hodge, former Dallas Mavericks player, was sentenced to prison in drug trafficking conspiracy case. In July 2011, he was given 60 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine. He admitted that he used his home to store drugs. Way back in 1995, he was also arrested for marijuana possession.
Dennis Rodman played professional basketball for twenty years, for NBA and some other smaller pro leagues. He was known not only for his weird styling but for his erratic behavior as well. He was arrested on numerous occasions for various charges including domestic violence and drunken driving. In 2008, he visited rehab to get himself out of the drug problem.
Jalen Rose, former NBA player and now a sports analyst, was sentenced to 20 days in jail on July 27, 2011 after being arrested for the suspicion of drunken driving on May 25. He was convicted of the offence and sent to jail on August 2. He was released from the jail after serving 16 days, four days ahead of time due to good behavior. He was ordered to complete one year of probation and to attend alcohol awareness classes and alcohol impact group sessions
Charles Shackleford, played six seasons in NBA. He ran into legal troubles mainly after he got retired from professional basketball. In 2006, he faced charges of carrying a concealed weapon, along with the possession of marijuana and cocaine. He pled guilty to the weapon charge and the drug charges were dropped. Three years later, he was arrested in an undercover drug operation when he sold prescription drugs to an undercover officer
Sam Mack played with five different NBA teams over a ten-year span and had several run-ins with police on a variety of charges. In July 2000, he was busted after a high speed chase which resulted in the police finding drugs in the car, 19 bags of marijuana and large amount of cocaine. He was ordered to attend drug treatment program as a part of a court plea agreement in the drug possession case.
On July 27, 2011, Rodney White was held on drug charges. It was stated that he with operating a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in his North Carolina home. He was charged with the manufacture of marijuana, along with 4 other charges felony possession of marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
Former NBA player, Samaki Walker was arrested in August 2011 after being pulled over in his Mercedes-Benz during a routine traffic stop. As the police approached the car, he smelled marijuana. The search of the vehicle produced approximately 10 grams of marijuana, some prescription pills and 8 bottles of liquid steroid. It was said that he also tried to eat marijuana in order to remove the evidence. Walker was booked into jail and was charged with destruction of evidence, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs.
Jose Ortiz a Puerto Rican, player spent two years with Utah Jazz. On June 29, 201, he was arrested for drug related charges. Federal agents seized 218 marijuana plants in his rented property and he was accused of possession with intent to distribute marijuana plants. He was ordered to enter a rehabilitation clinic.
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