According to police reports, crowds formed on the streets outside Nickerson Gardens housing project in Los Angeles, playing loud music, drinking and smoking. Once authorities arrived, several police cars were vandalized and many attempted to flee the scene, including Randolph. Expectedly, the 6’9” professional basketball player did not get far and was arrested out of a nearby house.
Lmaoooo Zach Randolph Still Out Here pic.twitter.com/CseVT13V2d
— 1K 💱 (@L0RD_DiNER0) August 10, 2017
While already released on a $20,000 bail, professional repercussions have yet to be announced. Because Zach Randolph is on a very new contract with the Sacramento Kings, it is unlikely he will be dropped into free agency, however, the Kings have made a strong effort in recent management to build the right identity. Team Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Vlade Divac was quoted following the DeMarcus Cousins trade that “character matters” and that the team in Sacramento is looking for a culture change.
If Divac and management stays true to their focus on building an inclusive, league-approved team identity, Randolph’s actions could have serious consequences.