Sacramento Kings’ Zach Randolph sentenced to community service

MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 20: Zach Randolph
MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 20: Zach Randolph /

Zach Randolph had a court date on September 13 where he received his sentence.  We will discuss the case and the potential of Z-Bo facing a suspension.

Sacramento Kings newly signed big man Zach Randolph had another court date on Wednesday, September 13.  Randolph pled no-contest to the two misdemeanor charges he faced and immediately received a sentence of 150 hours of community service.  Z-Bo faced significant charges on his arrest date, so the big man should consider himself lucky to be sentenced to just community service.

This saga may not end with the sentencing, though.

Possible suspension

After his arrest, Sports Illustrated did a fantastic job of outlining the possible suspensions Randolph could face here.  I recommend giving it a read for more information.  Keep in mind, the felony charge disappeared, and he pled no-contest to two lesser charges.

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I assume that since this plea resolves the case (granted he still has to do the community service for its resolution in the eyes of the law), either the Sacramento Kings or NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hand down a short suspension before opening night.  Remember, the last offseason another Sacramento King was suspended eight games after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge.  My best guess is Randolph receives a suspension between two and five games for this incident.  Stay tuned for the final verdict, though.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, Zach Randolph was sentenced to 150 hours of community service for his summer arrest on Wednesday.  It was a down week for Z-Bo as he also fell out of Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA players as well.  You can read more about that story here.

Randolph is a new and significant acquisition for the Kings this offseason, so I hope he is ready to play and mentor the youngsters on opening night.  The Kings need Z-Bo teach Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis his trademark toughness and improve their rebounding abilities.  They need him to stay out of trouble and be on the court.  Let us hope this is the last incident this season.

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