Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley was arrested early Tuesday after a traffic stop resulted in his arrest. Beasley had three cigarettes that looked as if they contained weed, and the Benz smelled strongly of the substance when the officer pulled him over.
An officer found three cigarettes suspected to contain marijuana in Beasley’s Mercedes after smelling marijuana during the stop, Officer David Pubins said.
Beasley was released after being cited for investigation of one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Pubins, court proceedings in the case will begin once results of lab tests are available.
Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by Miami out of Kansas State in 2008, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns a year ago. But he went on to have a disappointing, inconsistent season, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games as Phoenix compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second worst in franchise history. He shot 40.5 percent from the field, also a career worst.
At a news conference following his signing with the Suns, Beasley pointedly said he was through with marijuana.
“I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy,” he said then, “so I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”