Newly signed Brooklyn Net Kenneth Faried was busted for marijuana possession during a weekend sobriety checkpoint on Long Island, according to reports.
The 28-year-old — nicknamed “The Manimal” — was arrested on the Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to TMZ.
The officer at the scene in Suffolk County noticed that a “strong odor of marjuana was emanating from the inside of the vehicle,” a Southampton police spokesman told the news site.
Faried was charged with fourth-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and taken to a nearby police station for processing. Two others were ticketed and released at the scene.
Police said Faried faces a more serious charge because he was in possession of more than 2 ounces of weed.
Police told 27east, a Hamptons news site, that Faried was the rear passenger in the vehicle, in which cash also was seized. Town police did not specify the amount of money.
He was released on $500 bail.
The Nets released a statement about the arrest to Nets Daily.
“We are aware of the situation involving Kenneth Faried and are in the process of gathering more information at this time,” the team said.
Last month, the Nets traded for Faried in a salary dump with the Nuggets, where he played for seven seasons. The move yielded the Nets a protected first round pick in 2019 and an unprotected second-rounder in 2020.
He is coming off the worst season of his career, having averaged just 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game for the Nuggets last year. He is owed $13.7 million this season.
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