NBA star D’Angelo Russell is catching heat after an unexpected run-in with New York authorities at an airport. Reports claim the All-Star received a citation after having cannabis discovered in his checked luggage.
According to reports, the incident took place this week at Queens’ LaGuardia Airport.
Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell was cited for marijuana possession at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, according to USA Today’s A.J. Perez. Russell was flying from LaGuardia to Louisville International Airport, but “was questioned by police after a routine search flagged what at first glance appeared to be a can of Arizona Iced Tea in a checked bag,” per Perez. Authorities searched the tea can and found the marijuana that led to Russell’s citation, which is a violation under New York law and carries a fine of $100 or less. (Sports Illustrated)
Despite making headlines, Russell isn’t expected to get suspended by the NBA.
USA Today, which broke the story, reported about the iced tea can. The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday night at Terminal C. Even if he pleads guilty in Queens criminal court, Russell may not face punishment from the NBA since there’s no suspension until a third violation of its marijuana policy. (NY Daily News)
The incident comes following Russell’s unforgettable 2018-2019 season with the Brooklyn Nets.
The 23-year-old Russell is coming off a breakout season with the Nets. He put up a career-high 21.1 points and seven assists per game. That performance propelled Russell to his first All-Star appearance. Behind Russell’s strong play, the Nets managed to secure the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. The team lost in five games to the Philadelphia 76ers. (Yahoo! Sports)