By now you heard about Minnesota Timberwolves’ Michael Beasley getting busted for 16.2 grams of marijuana in his car.
Well that pales in comparison to what happened to former Utah Jazz player Jose Ortiz:
Former NBA player Jose Ortiz was arrested in Puerto Rico after federal agents seized 218 marijuana plants at his house along with 40 rounds of assault-rifle ammunition, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday.
He is accused of possession with intent to distribute marijuana plants and faces a minimum of five years in prison if found guilty, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said.
But wait! It gets better or worse if you are Ortiz:
Agents also found numerous documents, including pamphlets on how to cultivate marijuana and a notebook with instructions related to the plants’ cultivation, Rodriguez said. Ortiz was at home alone when agents arrived, found the marijuana plants on the first floor and arrested him, according to the affidavit.
Ortiz is fully cooperating with authorities and has agreed to enter a drug rehab program; however, it’s a good thing he never had any type of influence among children in Puerto Rico, right?
Ortiz, nicknamed Piculin, opened a basketball program for children in Cayey a year ago, Neumann said.
“For many, throughout the years, Piculin has been an idol, a person to be admired, to be followed,” he said. “It is a very, very difficult psychological impact for (the children) to absorb.”
OK well there is that but it can’t get worse right? I mean it’s not like he ever denied drug involvement, right?
Last September, Ortiz denied any links to drugs following allegations made by an entertainment reporter during a radio program, calling them lies in an interview with El Nuevo Dia newspaper.
Just going to out out on a limb and say things are not looking up for Ortiz and it could prove to be a long five years in prison for him. But with him being a 6-10 ex-NBA player, and slicked back hair as in his photo, I highly doubt he will be messed with among his future prison mates.
Now I know what you all are thinking and yes I’m going to say it, all I could think of when I read this was picturing Ortiz yell, “Say hello to my little friend!” as the authorities entered his home.