Thursday , Oct , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets’ Anthony cited for marijuana possession

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets was cited
for possession of marijuana before boarding a team flight, but the star
forward said the drug was left in his bag by a friend.

Nuggets' Anthony cited for marijuana possession

Anthony, who was caught with less than an ounce of marijuana, was issued a
summons last Friday at Denver International Airport. He traveled with his
teammates to Milwaukee for the next day’s preseason game but didn’t play.

According to Anthony’s attorney Daniel Recht, the pot was left in the backpack
by an out-of-town friend. The friend, who will reportedly come forward to
accept responsibility, apparently left the marijuana in the backpack without
Anthony even knowing it.

Recht also noted that he met with a city attorney and requested the citation
be dismissed. Anthony, 20, has been charged for a petty offense with a maximum
$100 fine and no jail time.

Anthony, who led Syracuse to the NCAA title as a freshman in 2003, was the
third overall pick in the 2003 draft. He helped the Nuggets reach the playoffs
for the first time since 1995, averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8
assists per contest.