There were a lot of questions about Michael Beasley's character heading into the 2008 NBA Draft. Does he take the game seriously? Will he be one of those guys who spends more time smoking blunts than shooting jumpers? Does he have the necessary level of maturity to succeed?
In the end, it didn't affect his draft stock, seeing as he went #2 behind Derrick Rose, and Rose was certainly a worthy #1 pick. And the fact that the Miami Heat, who have South Beach at their disposal, were the ones who drafted Beasley suggests that they believe Beasley can make it.
Well, they may be less sure about that today.
It seems that Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers, the two Kansas teammates and dumbasses who decided to smoke weed and bring women up to their hotel room during the NBA rookie camp (that specifically teaches you how to avoid those two things) also had another friend in the room with them.
Interestingly, a story today in the Kansas City Star says that ESPN originally reported that Beasley was in the room, but then pulled his name from their article. Because obviously Beasley was just minding his own business in a room full of women and weed. Tucked away in the back corner, no doubt. Right.
The Big Lead said someone locked themselves inside the bathroom and kept flushing the toilet while refusing to let police open the door. No one knows - except the police - if that was Beasley or not. Hey, whatever works. Either way, Beasley hasn't gotten in any trouble for this.
Although, I think the worst thing is that the first time I heard there was potentially a third player in the room with Arthur and Chalmers, I instantly thought of Beasley.
Good luck Miami Heat. He's a hell of talent, but man oh man, would I ever be worried.
And by the way, why exactly did ESPN pull Beasley's name from the article? I'd love to hear their explanation on that one.
KU's Chalmers, Arthur booted from NBA program after marijuana found [Kansas City Star]
So ESPN, was Michael Beasley in the room or not? [The Big Lead]