Friday , Jun , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Zach Randolph’s Car and Guns Seized by Police

An article appearing in today’s Oregonian reminded anyone who had forgotten his undeniable talent for finding himself in compromising situations reminded us that trouble follows Z-Bo like bad smells follow Vladimir Radmanovic. The latest Zach Randolph saga involves all the classic elements of a terrible car movie: illegal racing, concealed weapons and, uh, missing keys.

Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph had a car and two loaded guns taken by police after an incident in downtown Portland early Thursday morning.

Randolph was a passenger in a Dodge Magnum he owns that was involved in speed racing at 3:15 a.m. on Southwest Broadway. Taquan Portis, 22, who was driving the Dodge, was cited for speed racing, careless driving and failure to obey a traffic signal. He is scheduled to appear in court July 6.

Zach Randolph's Car and Guns Seized by Police

Throw in a few ounces of marijuana and a nanny, and this could be an amalgam of every report I’ve read involving a Portland player over the past few summers. What sets this sordid story apart from the others, however, is one little piece of paper.
Randolph had two loaded handguns in the car, but he was not cited because he has a concealed weapons permit in Clackamas County.

How do you apply for such permits in Clackamas County? Do you collect tokens from the back of cereal boxes and send them into the police station or something? I really can’t think of any other way Zach Randolph would have acquired one otherwise. It honestly blows my mind that a 6’9’’ forward who shot .436 from the field last season would be allowed to carry a gun.