Melo curses out friend for pot arrest in his car

Updated: July 12, 2006, 11:04 PM ET
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DENVER -- Hours before Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was expected to sign a contract extension, he had to defend his judgment for loaning his car to a friend who was pulled over and cited for marijuana possession.

Tyler Brandon Smith was stopped for traffic violations late Sunday and given a summons for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Police said Smith was driving a 2005 Dodge Magnum registered to Anthony's company, Melo Enterprises.

"I cursed him out a little bit," Anthony said as kids from his basketball camp scurried through drills in the background. "He understands. He almost broke down apologizing."

Smith had no listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Anthony's agent, Calvin Andrews, said he hopes the incident won't cloud what "should've been one of the happiest days of his life."

"For the last two years the guy has been a rock-solid citizen, unbelievable on the court, doing everything he needs to do," said Andrews, who said the two sides were still ironing out some of the nuances of the contract deal Wednesday afternoon.

"If his name is involved in anything, it gets blown up and magnified even more so."

Smith has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Colorado State this fall. Colorado State spokesman Gary Ozzello said no decision had been made about whether the incident would affect Smith's status at the school.

Ozzello said coach Dale Layer is still gathering information about the incident and will talk with Smith about it.

Layer told the Fort Collins Coloradoan "We will certainly treat it with the seriousness it deserves."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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