It was announced earlier Thursday morning that Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley will face two felony charges following an arrest back in late September. Beasley’s significant other (I don’t believe the two are technically married but I could be wrong) also faces a felony drug charge stemming from the arrest, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office which released the following press release:
The information released by the Attorney’s Office is pretty thorough, and includes details about Beasley allegedly pointing a gun at a family who had entered onto his property and the police finding 835 grams (1.84 pounds) of marijuana in Beasley’s house.
As with any legal situation, it’s important to let all the details come out and for the situation to run it’s legal course before making any definitive statements. Considering the severity of the charges, it’s also inappropriate (in my opinion) to start drawing direct connections to how this affects Beasley’s upcoming contract negotiations (remember — he will be a restricted free agent this offseason).
As Chris Hine points out, the Timberwolves were on the record back in September saying they viewed Malik as a member of their family and would support him during the legal process, but it remains to be seen whether or not their stance has changed as more information has come to light.
Re-upping this quote from Gersson Rosas last month in which he said the organization viewed Beasley as family and was going to support him through his legal issues. https://t.co/vrMNjG7ruM— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) October 29, 2020
Regardless of how this all plays out, it’s a less than ideal situation for everyone involved, and I would imagine the league will step in at some point as well depending on what transpires with the legal proceedings. For now, we will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as they become available.
UPDATE: The Minnesota Timberwolves have released the following statement: