INDIANAPOLIS Police arrested a passenger in a car driven by Shawne Williams of the Indiana Pacers for marijuana possession, an incident that team president Larry Bird said jeopardizes the forward's future with the Pacers.
Williams was not arrested but was written up for a window tint and seat belt violation after the police stop about 6 p.m. Friday in Carmel, said Lt. Jeff Horner, a spokesman for police in the northern Indianapolis suburb. The car did not belong to Williams.
A passenger, 21-year-old Darrell Smith Jr. of Williams' hometown of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after police found he had a small amount of marijuana, Horner told The Indianapolis Star. Smith was not in custody Sunday and his whereabouts were not clear.
Bird said Saturday he planned to meet with Williams to discuss the latest incident.
"While Shawne Williams was not involved in any arrest or any criminal wrongdoing, we are extremely upset and hugely disappointed he once again has put himself in a position that jeopardizes Shawne's future as a member of the Indiana Pacers," Bird said in a statement released by the team.
Williams' agent, Happy Walters, said Williams had not heard from the team and hoped to talk with Bird on Monday. Walters said the incident was blown out of proportion and noted that Williams hadn't been charged.
"He's not going to be charged. He did nothing wrong," Walters said Sunday.
Last month, Bird had said Williams was on "thin ice" with the team.
Williams, the Pacers' 2006 first-round draft pick, left early from a game last February after learning a murder suspect in Tennessee had been arrested shortly after leaving Williams' Indianapolis home.
Bird has made it clear that the Pacers want to shed their bad-boy reputation, and after a significant drop in home attendance last season, he wants players who can do three things stay out of trouble, work hard and win.
LOVE SITS OUT WOLVES' GAME: Kevin Love was held out of the Minnesota Timberwolves' summer league game Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas against the New York Knicks for precautionary reasons with an inflamed left Achilles.
He left in the second half of Minnesota's game Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks with the same injury, which team official don't consider severe.
Love was expected to practice later Sunday with U.S. national team at a local high school. He was added to the select team Saturday as an extra body for practice in preparation for the Olympics.
Love, the fifth overall selection in last month's draft, averaged a league-best 13.5 rebounds in four summer contests. He added 18 points per game.
His top performance was Friday against Portland when he had 26 points and 15 rebounds in an 88-78 victory against the Trail Blazers.
OKC SEASON TICKET REQUEST TOPS 16,000: More than 16,000 people have signed up to a season-ticket request list for Oklahoma City's new NBA team.
Officials of the team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics said Sunday they have concluded the first phase of a season-ticket request list. Those on the list signed up in just 16 days.
Team spokesman Dan Mahoney said officials are pleased with the level of support for the NBA in Oklahoma City. Mahoney added that Oklahoma City's sales team will contact fans to provide specific ticket details.
One newspaper report said Sunday the new team will be named the Thunder when it begins play this fall.