Brooklyn Nets All-Star D’Angelo Russell recently received a summons for marijuana possession at LaGuardia Airport.
D’Angelo Russell’s offseason isn’t off to a great start. According to A.J. Perez of USA TODAY Sports, the Brooklyn Nets point guard was cited for marijuana possession on Wednesday night.
“Brooklyn Nets All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell was cited at a New York airport Wednesday night after marijuana was found in his checked baggage, a person with knowledge of the incident told USA TODAY Sports,” wrote Perez.
“Russell, who was flying from LaGuardia Airport to Louisville International Airport, was questioned by police after a routine search flagged what at first glance appeared to be a can of Arizona Iced Tea. Upon further inspection, the can had a hidden compartment where marijuana was discovered.”
Russell received a summons to appear in court for marijuana possession.
First off, this is a poor lapse in judgment from Russell. However, this shouldn’t overshadow his growth. Tons of NBA players use marijuana recreationally and it’s not something Nets fans should worry about in terms of a possible suspension.
It takes three violations of the league’s marijuana policy before a suspension would come into the picture.
Although this isn’t great news for Russell, it shouldn’t have much of an impact on his impending free agency. Brooklyn will definitely try to bring back Russell next season, but they will also pursue marquee names like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.
That being said, pairing Durant or Leonard with Russell would make for a dynamic lineup. By the time the Nets are making those free agent decisions, this marijuana summons will be long forgotten.