Atlanta Hawks reserve Mike Scott was on Interstate 85 in a car driven by his brother when the sheriffs noticed the Chevy Tahoe getting a little too close to other vehicles. It was nine in the morning on a Thursday. When the police attempted to make a routine stop the Tahoe, driven by Scott’s brother Antonn, sped off at a high speed (Antonn said he was not avoiding the cops, he was on his cellphone). Eventually Antonn came to his senses, slowed the car from its 98 speed and pulled over. Then Mike Scott did an unusually stupid but moral thing. He confessed. He told the police there was marijuana in the car.
Marijuana, yes. And MDMA too.
Later at the police station, Scott willingly spoke to the police and according to the police report he confessed again. He said the drugs (marijuana, Molly) were his and not his brother’s.
The police reports says: Suspect #2 (Scott) stated that his brother was unaware of the drugs and that he takes full responsibility for the drugs.
Mike Scott’s brother also was a willing teller of the so-called-facts and backed up Scott’s claim of the drugs not being his. Antonn Scott even told the police they could drug test him.
Mike Scott is in a shit load of trouble. Watch Law and Order enough and you know under zero circumstances do you a) talk to the police without representation, and b) you never, ever confess when a felony rap is staring you in the face. The confession is all the evidence the district attorney needs to throw the book at Scott, making an example out of him in his effort to illustrate how tough Georgia’s drug laws are.
The situation is serious. The police report indicates 35.2 grams of marijuana was seized, making it a felony drug possession. 35 grams can roll anywhere between 35-70 joints. 10.9 grams of MDMA was also seized.
MDMA, the party drug often referred to as Molly, is a derivative of Ecstasy. It is a Schedule 1 drug felony (the same category as heroin) with penalties that range from 2-15 years in jail. The marijuana charge has a 1-15 year jail punishment. In addition, a felony conviction automatically suspends driving privileges for six months.
This weekend Mike Scott was set to begin his camp for kids in Virginia. It had to be cancelled for the obvious we-can’t-have-a-drug-user-mentoring-our-kids reason. It’s a good teaching moment for the would be Scott campers who now are jammed out of a week of basketball training. Nothing good comes out of using drugs and sometimes the consequences are life changing.
Upon hearing of the arrest, the Atlanta Hawks did the basic p.r. move saying they are following the details but have no further comment. Any comment should begin and end with helping Scott get his life together. The Hawks are obligated to Mike Scott for this season and then the team has an option which they will probably not exercise for obvious reasons. It must be noted that Mike Scott is the third Atlanta Hawks arrested in the past three months, joining Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha. Antic and Sefolosha were arrested outside of a NYC nightclub for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Rarely is an NBA player arrested on drug felony charges so the punishment that is surely to be handed down would be anyone’s guess. Adam Silver can use Scott as an example and give him a 30 game suspension or he could give him a 10 game suspension. There isn’t much of a precedent to go by. How compassionate does Silver want to be considering Scott is a role player, an 8th man in the rotation and one, who in trouble, told the truth and didn’t play the legal game of deny, deny, deny.
Scott is an efficient shooter, 47% for his three year career. He’s athletic and a quality rebounder for the minutes he plays. He spreads the floor. How much on court time he will get this season, though, is suddenly up in the air as his fate is now in the hands of the judicial system and Adam Silver.
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