Former All-Star Kemp charged with drug possession

Updated: July 21, 2006, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

Shawn Kemp
Kemp

HOUSTON -- Shawn Kemp was arrested and charged Friday with possession of marijuana, the latest drug-related trouble for the former NBA All-Star.

Kemp, 36, was arrested following a traffic stop for driving without a license plate shortly after midnight Friday. An officer with the Harris County Sheriff's Department pulled Kemp over and said he noticed the smell of burning marijuana coming from Kemp's vehicle.

The officer later found less than 2 ounces of the illegal drug in Kemp's possession. The six-time All-Star was released from the Harris County Jail after posting a $500 cash bond and faces a July 28 court appearance.

Kemp checked into a rehabilitation clinic for cocaine use in 2001. In April 2005, he was arrested for possessing small amounts of cocaine and marijuana in his truck.

After 14 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic, Kemp retired from the league in 2003 and now lives in Houston.


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