Documents detail fight at former Trail Blazers' home

Documents detail fight at former Trail Blazers' home

PORTLAND, Ore. - A stack of Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office papers released Wednesday reveal what happened one wild night last summer at the West Linn home of former Trail Blazer Zach Randolph.

Investigators say it was a minor drug deal that ended in a fight, but also in the 158 pages of documents are details about the troubled entourage of friends and women that hung around Randolph.

"It's another line of the Hoops Family, another chapter in their story with drugs and alcohol and fighting and the police and marijuana," said sports columnist John Canzano. "It's what happens when you bring guys like that and their posse, the Hoops Family, to town. That's what happens."

Canzano explained who this entourage is: "Zach Randolph, when he came into the NBA he got all his childhood friends, these necklaces, these diamond encrusted hoops family things. That's how they talked about themselves. It was a bunch of kids who came into some money and some fame and bad things happened here."

According to the sheriff's documents, last summer James Beasley offered to sell Randolph a half-ounce of marijuana at a superstar price of $120, thinking he wouldn't mind given his millionaire status. Beasley said Randolph snatched the pot, and his Hoops Family jumped him.

The next night the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Randolph's mansion. Investigators said they found "marijuana, a pool cue and blood evidence."

As for Randolph, deputies said he refused to show his hands until a deputy pointed a gun. Deputies said they also found firearms under the bed.

"It was just an unfortunate chapter here in Portland," Canzano said. "It was part of the Jail Blazers era – people remember it, and it should be a reminder for the organization to never go back there again."

The documents say Randolph called the victim's house and asked, "How much money it was going to take for this to go away."

As for the case, prosecutors would not charge Randolph or anyone else. Beasley changed his story and was later convicted of drug dealing.