Police: WSU's Klay Thompson Arrested On Marijuana Charges

Published On: Sep 09 2011 05:19:12 PM PDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2011 09:49:09 AM PST
PULLMAN, Wash. -

Pullman police confirm Washington State University basketball player Klay Thompson was arrested hours after Thursday night's game on marijuana possession charges.

Officers stopped Thompson around 11 p.m. Thursday on Harvey Road, near Greek Row, for a headlight out and smelled marijuana in the car, police said.

Police say Thompson denied having marijuana, but they searched his car and found 1.95 grams of pot, a misdemeanor level.

?The officer smelled marijuana coming from the car, he denied any knowledge of the marijuana,? Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said.

?I just walked outside and saw 2 or 3 cops come and saw someone in cuffs, and it looked like Klay Thompson and it looked like the car he drove and went inside and yelled ?Klay Thompson just got arrested,?? WSU student Cameron Aguilar said.

Thompson was cited and released, police said. He picked up his impounded car around 6 a.m. Friday.

Washington State University men's basketball coach Ken Bone had the following statement regarding Thompson's arrest.

"We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information. Klay will be suspended for Saturday's game against UCLA and the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend. Until that time, neither myself nor the team will have further comment," the statement said.

?I think it?s a fair punishment for the crime, it?s just unfortunate that it happened at this time,? WSU student Brian Haller said. ?It?s nothing different than what a lot of kids partake in, especially after a big win. But he has to know that the spotlight is on him and he needs to make the right decision.?

Some of the strongest criticism came from former LA Lakers star Mychal Thompson ? Klay?s dad ? who hosts a radio show in Los Angeles and said his son got exactly what he deserved.

Thompson scored 22 points to lead Washington State to an 85-77 victory against USC Thursday night.

Thompson is the second player this season to be arrested on marijuana charges. Reggie Moore, a guard for the team, was arrested on Dec. 11 on charges of marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors charged him on Jan. 5 and he was suspended for one game on Jan. 15.

KXLY4's McKay Allen and Sports Director Derek Deis contributed to this report