Okay, let’s back the truck up on this one. The whole Michael Beasley saga, the one that started with an unfortunate picture of tattoos and apparently marijuana, then ended with him in rehab on account of depressed Tweets, is a little bit different than what has been initially reported.
It makes sense, since we interpreted Beasley’s last correspondences as more “poorly worded exasperation” than “suicidal ideations” (and trust that we know the seriousness of the latter). And as it turns out, Beasley was announced to be in rehab this weekend because that’s where he was already supposed to be - not necessarily because he was smoking.
As you’ll probably recall, word came yesterday that on the heels of his weekend Twitpic of his new tattoos, what definitely appeared to be marijuana next to him, and the subsequent seemingly despondent Tweets*, Michael Beasley checked into a Houston-area rehab clinic with former NBA player John Lucas. Time to get the life back on track? We’ll see.
It also remains to be seen the extent to which Beasley’s life was off the tracks in the first place, and that’s something that Beasley’s father, Michael Beasley Sr., is now questioning. We’re not sure why Beasley The Elder was on the “Jorge Sedano Show” on 790 WAXY-AM in Miami - maybe because he’s the first result on Twitter when you search for “Michael Beasley” - but there he was this morning, offering a little insight onto a situation that spiraled far out of control in a hurry.
As we reported on Saturday, Michael Beasley had posted a curious picture on his (now defunct) Twitter account. Setting aside whether you think putting “Super Cool Beas” across your shoulders is a good idea, the larger lapse in judgment here was probably leaving what appeared to be a bag or two of the devil’s weed on the table next to him.
(Oh, and those “white rocks”? They’re freaking Altoids. Duh, people; let’s keep the theories in the realm of sanity, here.)
Before shutting down his Twitter feed, he left three frustrated messages, all of which were adorned with a liberal amount of exclamation points. Fast forward to today, and as YAHOO! SPORTS is reporting, Beasley is now in a Houston-area rehab.
Michael Beasley, like most of the NBA, has tattoos. He’s covered in them, as a matter of fact. And as you can see, he’s not at all shy about sharing them, as he recently posted this shot on Twitpic:
(Wait, “Super Cool Beas”?)
And while this all seems like rather standard fare, you might want to take a closer look at the table in the lower right of the picture. Specifically, next to the bottle of 7up. Mike, is that… is that weed?
[UPDATE: According to the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL, Beasley has since closed his Twitter account, which was @GorillaBeas. However, his Twitpic account, where the picture was in question was uploaded, is still active as of Sunday evening and is still linked as the original source in the first paragraph of our article.]
One of the DEA’s dirty (and poorly kept) secrets is that marijuana - the devil weed - doesn’t have much in the way of long-term negative effects. That’s not to say it’s healthy, of course, but you don’t see the sores or teeth falling out or other never-the-same-after-that problems.
(Throwing his career away, right? What do you mean, “no”?!)
Perfect case in point: the single most famous pot-smoking athlete in America today, Michael Phelps. Phelps is back in competition after his suspension for being photographed while apparently using a bong (to Phelps’ credit, he owned up instead of trying to go for the “implausible but try and prove otherwise” defense of claiming he wasn’t actually smoking at the time).
But marijuana’s a drug, one that directly involves the respiratory system that’s kinda important in swimming and other athletic endeavors. Surely, it must have robbed him of his legendary conditioning, right? Read more…
So this is refreshing: A Major League player was busted for drugs, and it didn’t have anything to do with performance enhancers. The International Baseball Federation announced Thursday that Chicago Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in March. Bad catcher!
“While I full acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident,” said Soto in a statement today. Unknown is why the IBF is releasing this information now, or how Soto expects us to believe that he only tried pot one time. Other than that, what does this mean? Read more…
It was back in December when former NBA player Corie Blount got busted by the cops with a whole lot of pot. The police had tailed him back to his house after witnessing him purchase 11 pounds of the demon weed and taking it back to his house, where the cops then found another 18 pounds of hippie gold. Stoners everywhere laughed their ass off upon hearing about a guy named Blount getting busted for selling marijuana. They would then forget about it 15 seconds later.
Unfortunately for Blount, Johnny Law’s memory is much better and they didn’t forget to make him stand trial. So it was earlier today in a Cincinnati court room in which Blount was given a year in prison for his dalliance in the drug dealing world.
Jimmy Smith is far away the greatest receiver in Jaguars history, though he’s been neck and neck with Matt Jones for drug arrests. As all good receivers do, Smith put on the afterburners and pulled away from the competition when he was arrested after being found with crack cocaine and marijuana. I guess you could say he’s a possession receiver.
(Well, it’s a better look than the Jags’ new jerseys.)
Smith, who played ten seasons for the Jags, was pulled over in Jacksonville for excessive window tint, though oddly enough he doesn’t seem to have been ticketed for that. The officer smelled burning marijuana, and found crack cocaine, marijuana and cocaine residue. So don’t worry, fans, Jimmy Smith doesn’t have a weed problem; he was just trying to cover up the smell of his crack.
It’s already time for this week’s installment of “This Is Why No One Takes MMA Seriously.” My, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were excoriating a fighter for assaulting a restaurant critic over a negative review. Now we have a main event fighter openly bragging about smoking marijuana before bouts.
(Does this look like the face of a man who smokes pot regularly?)
“I got high in my [hotel] room the night before every [UFC] fight,” said Nick Diaz, will be taking on Frank Shamrock on Saturday. The 25-year-old is 18-7 in his career, with one very glaring no contest, which we’ll get to later. You’d think that just two days away from stepping into a fight with one of the most dangerous men in the world, he’d want his head to be clear to concentrate. But that’s not how Diaz rolls.
You know how neighbors’ kids can be really annoying when they’re first learning to shoot hoops? They’ve got no jump shot, so errant attempts inevitably land in your lawn or occasionally, upside your head when you’re walking past. Well, that’s approximately what happened to David Reshan of Dunn, Wisconsin, a week and a half ago. And Reshan did what many of us might if we were having a particularly bad day: He stabbed the basketball with a screwdriver. There’s only one problem: That minor act earned Reshan enough attention from the police to warrant a house call, where Reshan happens to run a marijuana business.
(Add a screwdriver and a lunatic, and you end up with five criminal counts.)
According to the MADISON CAPITAL TIMES, Reshan is now facing charges of maintaining a drug dwelling, resisting arrest, obstructing, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property - all after police were called following his run-in with the basketball of his neighbors’ 10-year-old daughter, who, Reshan felt, was making too much noise.
Note to self: Next time you set up a drug operation, make sure to take all your neighbors’ crap.