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Police search NBA star Zach Randolph's Oregon home

Police have searched the Oregon home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to investigate the alleged assault of a man selling marijuana. Police have searched the Oregon home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to investigate the alleged assault of a man selling marijuana.

(WMC-TV) - Police have searched the Oregon home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to investigate the alleged assault of a man selling marijuana.

With a bandaged forehead, James Beasley told an Oregon news crew that friends of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph roughed him up inside the NBA player's Oregon home over the weekend.

"I felt like my life was on the line," Beasley said.

Clackaman County Sheriff's Office Sergeant James Rhodes said Beasley claimed the assault happened around four Saturday morning.

"He said there were about 20 people present at the party when he was assaulted by about four to seven of those people," Rhodes said.

According to Beasley, partygoers beat him with pool cues because they were upset about his asking price for marijuana.

"He snatches my weed, so now the cats that he's with are pushing me, forcing me out of the house," Beasley said. "That's when everything escalated."
     
Beasley left and investigators carried out a search warrant Sunday. Some of the witnesses were still there, as well as Randolph.

"We conducted interviews of those present, collected physical evidence in the form of blood and DNA," Rhodes said.

Rhodes said his deputies found no drugs. He did not know if Randolph was inside the room where the alleged assault happened.     

"Zach Randolph is not a suspect in the case," he said.

The Grizzlies had no comment Monday. Due to the labor lockout, they cannot make contact with players, and making a comment is no exception.

Randolph's agent did not return Action News 5's call.

Randolph has a four-year, $71 million contract with the Grizzlies, which includes a personal conduct clause.

Randolph averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game with Memphis last season. He was drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers and played there six seasons before being traded to New York. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, then to Memphis in 2009.

The Grizzlies signed Randolph to a four-year contract extension in April during the first-round of the playoffs. He became only their second All-Star during the 2009-10 season.

Randolph's past troubles also have included an arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicants after a police officer said he smelled marijuana in Randolph's car and a practice fight in which he broke former teammate Ruben Patterson's eye socket.

In 2009, he was suspended for two games for punching a Phoenix Suns player.

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