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March 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Klay Thompson suspended after marijuana arrest

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Dean Hare
Washington State suspended Klay Thompson (above) after the junior star guard was arrested last night for investigation of marijuana possession during a traffic stop. His SUV was pulled over about 10:56 p.m. on College Hill because a headlight was out.
The officer smelled marijuana. Police impounded his car and found 1.95 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
Thompson was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
In a statement released this morning, coach Ken Bone said: “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.”
Bud Withers spoke with Thompson’s father this morning and Mychal Thompson said: “I’ve been in that situation many, many times and chose not to do it. You’ve got to be better than that, you’ve got to be smarter. I told him I was extremely disappointed in him. He let the team down, he let the school down and he let himself and his family down.”
Thompson’s suspension likely dooms WSU’s chances of upsetting the Bruins and may spoil their hopes of earning an at-large berth for the NCAA tournament.
Washington State’s 85-77 win over USC on Thursday and Sunday’s victory against Washington moved the Cougars on the NCAA tournament bubble.
ESPN bracket guru Joe Lundardi says they’re one of the first four currently out of the tournament. Bracketography.com believes WSU is the second team outside the tournament behind Butler.
WSU needs a win over UCLA to bolster its resume and losing Thompson, the Pac-10 scoring leader, is a big blow. He averages 21.4 points per game.
This season WSU sophomore guard Reggie Moore was cited for misdemeanor drug charges and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was suspended for a game.
Bone’s decision also affects Washington. The Huskies need a win over USC and a WSU victory to clam the No. 2 seed in next week’s Pac-10 Tournament.


FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s the highlights from Washington’s 70-63 win over UCLA.
C.J. Wilcox was the story of the game and his 24-point explosion was chronicled by Steve Kelley, our game story and several news outlets including the News Tribune, Everett Herald and PI.com.
Dean Rutz captured the game in this photo gallery.
— Here’s how the game looked from a LA perspective.

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