Posted August 06, 2013

Suns’ Michael Beasley arrested for marijuana possession in Arizona

Ben Golliver, Michael Beasley, Phoenix Suns
Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley received a three-year, $18 million deal from Phoenix last year. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Suns forward Michael Beasley was arrested early Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., for suspicion of marijuana possession.

Scottsdale’s website offered this summary of the arrest.

On 08/06/13 at 1:15 am SPD made a stop for a traffic violation in the area of Scottsdale and McCormick Roads. As the officer approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana emanating from within the car. A search of the driver’s area recovered marijuana that was impounded. The driver, identified as Michael Beasley, was booked pending charges for possession of marijuana and released.

This is the third time during Beasley’s tenure in Phoenix that he has found himself in hot water. In May, it was reported that Beasley was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault. (Beasley has not been charged but the case is still open, according to the Arizona Republic.) In February, news broke that Beasley was cited on Jan. 25 for multiple driving violations for driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone at 1:10 a.m. in a Mercedes that did not have a license plate. Beasley was driving on a suspended license and a loaded gun was found in the vehicle. Suns management did not discipline Beasley after the incident.

Michael Beasley was arrested on marijuana charges. (Scottsdale Police)

It has been a long and rocky road since Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft after earning Big 12 Player of the Year honors during his one season at Kansas State. Before playing his first game for the Heat, Beasley was fined $50,000 for his role in a marijuana-related incident at the Rookie Transition Program. He spent time in a substance abuse treatment center in 2009 before the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves after just two seasons.

Upon acquiring Beasley, then Timberwolves president David Kahn called him “a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana” before he arrived in Minnesota. Beasley was later pulled over for speeding and cited for marijuana possession by Minnesota police during the 2011 lockout. He also shoved a fan in the face during a lockout exhibition game in New York and sued his former AAU coach, alleging that he had received improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.

Beasley, 24, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns last summer, although the final season is only partially guaranteed. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 40.5 percent for the Suns, who finished 25-57, the worst record in the Western Conference.

The Suns hired a new GM, Ryan McDonough, and a new coach, Jeff Hornacek, this offseason.

Photo via Scottsdale Police

47 comments
espnsucks
espnsucks

It's weird - he looks like such a bright guy.

SmittyATL
SmittyATL

What a dumb punk. Smoke a little weed, that's fine. But if you're doing it while driving and speeding (or running stop signs, or whatever he was doing wrong this time), you're just asking to be arrested. Keeping an unregistered gun in the car is icing on the cake. This guy is just stupid.

MikelArtist
MikelArtist

another jerk nba model for the kids.... send him to phoenix mercury WNBA...

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Dude was definitely craving a bag of potato chips in that photo.

black_widow78
black_widow78

So hier mal aus Deutschland ein Kommentar .... Ih finds scheisse wie gegen b-Easy gehetzt wird. Ich mag ihn er spielt Super Basketball und braucht einn Verein der ihn fordert und fördert !!!! Falsche Freunde ( so wie ich das anhand der haftfotos erkennen kann ) sind auch nicht grad das beste... Und Was die suns mit ihm gemacht haben ist unterste Schublade ! Meine Meinung : die suns wollen b-Easy loswerden schaffen es mit der Klausel nicht ein andrer Verein will ihn nicht wil vielleicht ein überteuerter Preis von den suns verlangt wird... Also liegt es wohl sehr nahe das in diesem Debakel eventuell die suns die finger im Spiel haben ??? Wie oft werden Leute bezahlt um jemanden in die scheisse zu reiten oder los zu werden? ICH bin und bleib ein Fan aus Deutschland !!!!!

LawrenceKnighten
LawrenceKnighten

The is a sad situation, I hope he don't wait until he's to old fix the problem, because you are young and have a lot of life to live.

GaryGuillermo
GaryGuillermo

If you have to smoke pot just stay home . . . Big contract, big money . . . BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

I'm so surprised.  The kid only hasn't been able to open his eyes the whole way since he came to the league.  What could have possibly tipped off the cops?

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a lifelong fan of cannabis in addition to holding the league record for being voted League MVP the most seasons (6) and the record for scoring the most points in a career even though he played for a number of years before the NBA added the 3 point shot. Mr. Abdul Jabbar won the league MVP in 1972, which was also the year when he suffered his first arrest for petty possession of cannabis in Denver when the Bucks were in town to play the Rockets in an inter-league exhibition game.. He's also a Californian that claims the protection of the Compassionate Use Act and the Medical Marijuana Program Act most recently because of his leukemia.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

wow, file this under "Does anyone really think this is worth arresting someone over"......so stupid, idiot cops can't do anything worth while so lets get some guy whose only crime is having a drug that is less threatening to the world than alcohol

SlamaLama
SlamaLama

So rather than having this cop out stopping violent crime. We get him arresting the farthest thing from it. Great job Police!

ZaccheusAbraham
ZaccheusAbraham

The train is coming, get on board.  Legalize the weed.

JeffSpicoli
JeffSpicoli

Give me a break. I don't even watch basketball but why on does it matter what this man does in his private life? 

You mean to tell me none of you have ever smoked before? C'mon, be honest with yourself, and you know damn well it shouldn't be illegal and you're all just as guilty for trying to ride on somebody's misinformation. 

TerickLamont
TerickLamont

He needs to move out of scottsdale! And get a weed card or something but even then you gotta keep the weed in your house Beas

DavidSamuels
DavidSamuels

He is still a great basketball player, just need to be on the right team...

howdythurr
howdythurr

Judging by his mugshot I think it's safe to assume he was smoking...not that there's anything wrong with that lol

jway87
jway87

Marijuana is a much safer alternative to alcohol. It makes no sense for people to be arrested for wanting to make a safe choice! What's the government trying to do -- make us LESS safe?!!

mhop0923
mhop0923

Why do we keep arresting people for petty marijuana possession? Its a safer substance than alcohol by a long shot, it doesn't cause violence, and its impossible to overdose on. 

Scott_CPO
Scott_CPO

@Duncan20903 Kareem also was the co-pilot on a commercial airline. Who knew he was so talented?

Matthew Peake
Matthew Peake

@Duncan20903 What does that have to do with Michael Beasley?  Jabbar was one of the most driven and consistent basketball players of all-time.  A true great of the game.  The ONLY thing Michael Beasley has in common with Jabbar is an affinity to smoke pot (which probably 70% of the NBA shares).

jphoto802
jphoto802

@SlamaLama Getting stoned and driving your car into a family's minivan is a) a crime, and b) a violent event. That police officer may have saved someone's life that night.

Mark112
Mark112

@SlamaLama  

Yeah it's the police's fault. You and the Bease think alike.

Mark112
Mark112

@JeffSpicoli  

You need to come to grips with reality; Beasley is a pure, unadulterated loser that's been entitled his whole life because he can dunk a basketball (yet still only shoot 40.5% from the floor). I see a plane ride to a CBA city in Beasley's future. 

Mark112
Mark112

@TerickLamont  

I'm sure Beasley wishes that you would have shared your insights with him sooner instead of post de facto. Maybe you can pay him a visit when he's in Tent City.

jphoto802
jphoto802

@DavidSamuels Great? You are not good at using that word correctly. He is, at best, pretty good - and even then, only sometimes. He's really only had one very good year...out of five. "Pretty good sometimes" is not great and he's not worth the trouble to his teams. Three teams in your first five years is meaningful - it means potential high and delivery low.

eddie767
eddie767

@mhop0923 You can od off of marijuana. Just like anything else. Too much THC can and will kill you. Before you and your "weedheads" start spouting info,PLEASE,PLEASE know what you're talking about.

In other news,Beasley needs to be let go. He gets arrested every 6 months for same thing. So much for NBA drug policy.

Rick59
Rick59

@jphoto802 @SlamaLama Marijuana isn't a significant factor in traffic accidents even though there are millions of marijuana consumers in each state. Worry about something that causes some harm, like booze or tobacco.

fry305
fry305

@jphoto802 @SlamaLama There's no way you can be serious. Have you ever actually smoked pot? Do you have any idea how it feels?

fry305
fry305

@Mark112 @JeffSpicoli He rarely dunks. He scored 28 ppg in college and 15 on the Heat because of a sweet jumpshot. You sound like a racist

bjornbonn
bjornbonn

@Mark112 @TerickLamont haha you're quite the character...republican garbage spewing out of your mouth, you sound like George W Senior during his long, irrelevant war on drugs speeches...beasley is a loser yes, marijuana is helpful to many who don't abuse it

bjornbonn
bjornbonn

@eddie767 @mhop0923 weedheads haha thanks for your input Hank Hill..2 people have died from acute TCH poisoning in medical history...slightly better then booz wouldn't you say? it appears based on your comment you've been watching and believing Fox News or other garbage republican crap you're whole life...

Adam Bomb
Adam Bomb

@Rick59 @jphoto802 @SlamaLama

and JackGorfin:

The level of stupidity in this thread is frightening. 

• Even if marijuana is 'LESS impairing' to a driver than alcohol, it doesn't mean it ISN'T imparing. 

• Do you really want the guy driving the car in the lane next to you at 80 mph to be stoned? On booze or weed — does it really matter?

• Rick. Seriously? You do realize you can manipulate a 'statistic' to mean anything you like. Saying weed isn't a "significant factor in traffic accidents" is beyond specious. It's just dumb. Booze is legal(-ish). So, millions more people use it than use weed. So, the number of alcohol-related accidents will reflect that. Doesn't mean, per user, that weed isn't a dangerous contributor to accidents. It's a drug. Unless you're saying it enhances driving or is completely neutral, i'm not sure i understand why you'd advocate ignoring it. Oh, wait, yeah, i do understand.... You're baked now, and have an IQ that doesn't cooperate with logic.

• The guy also was driving a car without a license plate. Cops should have ignored that, as well, right? 

• ...with a firearm. But, GUNS don't kill people, right? You NRA neanderthals love that cliché..... 

Bottom line: This guy is a moron. Coddled and protected for too long because sports teams could exploit his basketball talents. Now, diminished ability makes him more of a headache than a benefit. If anyone had any principles or integrity, he might have had a chance to get some real help long ago. LONG ago. 

eddie767
eddie767

@bjornbonn  Sorry,but you can't pay me enough to watch those ppl on Fox News. But i do believe that person said you can't od from smoking weed,so with your ignorant try to put me down you proved my point. So with what ever braincells you have left,think before you speak/comment.

bjornbonn
bjornbonn

@ZonaChris @JeffSpicoli @mhop0923 been on it for 10 years, zero accidents, zero incidents, I am a better driver after a J then most sober morons on the road...I watch for their mistakes and predict dumb moves, that's how ya stay safe...


ZonaChris
ZonaChris

@JeffSpicoli @ZonaChris @mhop0923 Are you suggesting that there is no impairment to driving when you are high?  No change in response times, ect?   If so, you need to find a new dealer.