According to Anthony Puccio, Brooklyn Nets power forward Kenneth Faried has been charged with a misdemeanor of fourth-degree unlawful possession of marijuana in the Hamptons. Faried’s also had cash seized by the police and was later released on $500 bail, per the police report.
Here is a look at the former NBA All-Rookie First Team honoree’s mugshot:
It is reported that Southhampton Police seized more than two ounces of weed at a sobriety checkpoint at 1:30 in the morning while the athlete was in his car with some friends, who only received citations and were later released. A representative from the Police Department stated that a “strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the inside of the vehicle,” which led to the arrest.
If convicted, Faried could face up to a year in prison.
Faried spent the first 7 years of his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets before being traded for Isaiah Whitehead in a deal with the Nets, who released a statement regarding their newly acquired forward’s situation:
“We are aware of the situation involving Kenneth Faried and are in the process of gathering more information at this time.”
Putting aside this drug arrest, Faried has been a model citizen in the community. In 2013, he was the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award as well as the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
Here is the laundry list of services he provided to the community that led to this recognition:
He was associated with Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage acceptance of all people in sports, regardless of sexual preference. He also purchased season tickets for children from Special Olympics Colorado, Denver Public Schools, and the Denver Rescue Mission. Furthermore, Faried joined the giveSPORTS Equipment Drive to provide some light in the lives of those affected by the Colorado wildfires and the shooting at the Aurora movie theater. He hosted a Team fit clinic at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for both the patients and their families to bring some joy to their lives. Lastly, the “Manimal” donated 44 pairs of sneakers to a local middle school basketball team for their upcoming season, which he delivered personally.
It is clear that Faried has done a lot of good during his professional career, and that he never forgot to give back to those less fortunate than himself. He should not be judged by one thing he did wrong, but by the countless others that he did right.
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