Udonis Haslem is confident he will be cleared
MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat released a statement Monday night expressing confidence that he'll be vindicated, one day after he was charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop.
"I am confident that once the judicial process runs its course, I will be cleared," Haslem said.
A passenger in Haslem's 2008 Mercedes sedan told the Florida Highway Patrol that marijuana found in the car Sunday afternoon after the Heat forward was pulled over for speeding on a South Florida highway was his -- and Haslem's attorney insisted that's enough reason for the third-degree felony charge to be dropped.
Eric Schwartzreich, Haslem's attorney, said the State Attorney's Office is reviewing the arrest paperwork, a process that should be completed in the coming days. Haslem is accused of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana, a third-degree felony, along with four misdemeanor counts of having drug paraphernalia.
"He's a little rattled," Schwartzreich said. "He's upset. He doesn't know how he can be charged with this."
A hearing in Haslem's case has been scheduled for Sept. 14 in Miami-Dade County court.
Haslem was freed from custody late Sunday night, about seven hours after a trooper pulled him over for driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone on the Gratigny Parkway. Haslem's car was searched multiple times and marijuana was eventually found in two places, first in a black case under the driver's seat, then later in a blue nylon bag.
Antwain Fleming, Haslem's passenger, told troopers that all the marijuana in the car belonged to him.
Both were transported into police custody. Court records show Fleming faces a charge of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, a first-degree misdemeanor, along with another misdemeanor charge related to paraphernalia.
"We are confident Udonis Haslem will be vindicated," Schwartzreich said. "We have a situation where the passenger admits the marijuana was his and Mr. Haslem tells police nothing was in the vehicle.
"I think the police report speaks for itself," Schwartzreich added. "I am hopeful that Udonis Haslem will not be charged."
Haslem's car, worth more than $100,000, may face forfeiture, according to court records. The speeding ticket brings a $269 fine, and FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said Haslem was also cited for having illegal window tint.
"We are aware of the incident involving Udonis Haslem yesterday afternoon, and while we fully support our players, since this is a pending legal matter we will have no further comment at this time," Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement Monday evening.
Haslem has spent all seven of his NBA seasons with the Heat, and the South Florida native signed a new five-year contract to stay with the team last month.
"He is our anchor, he is a true warrior and a great professional," Riley said in July, after Haslem announced he would forgo higher-paying offers elsewhere to stay in Miami and continue playing alongside Dwyane Wade, plus team up with marquee acquisitions LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
During his NBA career, Haslem has averaged 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds for Miami, helping the Heat win the 2006 NBA championship.
Was he high how can they just search his car like that............Jay-z said "I know my rights so you gon need a warrant for that"
i would be interested in hearing why they felt the need to search the car. They have to have some reason for that. But as far as i know, if haslem owns the car and the drugs were in the car and not directly in the possesion of his friend, then he is repsonsible for them. Its the same with an open alchohol container in the car, the driver is responsible even is he was not drinking it.
the us should just legalize weed, i mean... cmon man... if someone wants to high or get high later, big deal
it boggles my mind to c people in jail for gettin high... its only legalized cuz the courts bring in money and jails, capitalism at its finest... btw, im not a communist, just saying... im not saying haslem is smart for puttin weed in his car... dumb move... but legalize it!!!!!!
random rant.. srry
i dont think weed being illegal is about the courts making money. Its widely believed that legalizing weed would be a huge boom to the economy for tax reasons. And even though its illegal, the only reason people get in trouble for it is if they are distributing it or they do other illegal things and then the weed is tacked on. I've seen people smoke weed on the streets and talk about it openly with cops. Its not considered a big deal in america.
i think it is... but yeah... were all entilited to opinions
people have been saying for years how much money the US government can make if they just legalized weed and taxed it. And putting anyone in jail ends up costing tax payers money. One of the reasons people dont want weed to be illegal is becasue how much money it costs the us to keep it illegal.
dont get me wrong, i dont smoke shi+, but if the u.s. can make money off of a plant, im all in...
and weed isnt a drug.. ITS A PLANT!!!!! baking soda is a drug if u knw wat i mean!!
Now we know what he was smoking when he passed on several million dollars from Dallas and other teams to stay in Miami....
i wouldve passed on dallas too.... stay in mia and play for a great team, no shi+
If they pass weed as legal they will give you less and tax the S H I T out of it