Rookie Josh Selby entered the NBA with some baggage, and he didn't make it one game before getting into his first off-court incident.
The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that Selby, a second round draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies, was hit with a "misdemeanor marijuana possession charge" following an October incident in Maryland.
Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby is facing a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after police found probable cause during an Oct. 5 incident at the University of Maryland.The paper reports that his court date is in late-January and that Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace will "withhold judgment" until that time. Because the incident occurred during the lockout, Selby should be free and clear of an NBA punishment.
"I have no comment about it," Selby said. "It is what it is."Maryland makes a distinction between marijuana and all other illegal drugs. Possessing or using marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Selby, 20, was considered a first round talent but slipped to the No. 49 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft because of an assortment of red flags. During his one year at Kansas, Selby was suspended 9 games for taking thousands of dollars worth of impermissible benefits, he suffered a foot injury and there was an unsubstantiated rumor of a disagreement with coach Bill Self.
A talented and lightning-quick scorer, Selby is averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 assists per game in four appearances off of the Grizzlies bench so far this season.
Hat tip: HoopsHype.com