The NBA has been discussing loosening up restrictions on players consuming cannabis, and relative to most people residing in the U.S., NBA players make a lot of money. The salary minimum for professional basketball players in the NBA this year is more than $500,000. Many players struggle with proper money management, especially after retirement, but what Glenn Davis’s motives were are unclear after he was arrested in Maryland for selling marijuana.
Glenn Davis’s nickname was Big Baby while he played in the NBA. He played for the Clippers, Magic and won the NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008. It is worth questioning why a successful and famous man would be selling marijuana in a state that is discussing legalizing recreational marijuana and D.C. already offers recreational cannabis. Davis maintains he is innocent of all charges.
According to court records, the hotel owner smelled marijuana coming from Davis’ room.
Aberdeen police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR that police found 126 grams of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 in cash inside Davis’ room.
Davis was arrested and later indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution.
Davis posted a video on Instagram on Saturday, telling his followers not to believe what they see on the internet and that he will have his day in court.
Davis’ attorney said the former player adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court.
The illegal marijuana market is still very prevalent throughout the United States and while arrests for marijuana related crime has been on the decline ever since states started legalizing cannabis, there are still strong racial disparities in minorities and low-income individuals being arrested versus white people. The question remains though, if Glenn Davis is guilty, why would an affluent person be selling illegal cannabis in a hotel in Maryland?