Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been cited for possession of marijuana, after a small amount of the illegal drug was
found in his backpack as he boarded a team plane last week.
The 20-year-old rookie says the marijuana actually belonged to a friend who'd borrowed his backpack.
Anthony was issued a summons at Denver International Airport last Friday as the Nuggets were waiting to board a flight to Milwaukee. He was charged with possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, a petty offense with a maximum fine of 100 dollars and no jail time.
Anthony's attorney, Daniel Recht, says he's asked Denver's city attorney to dismiss the citation. Recht also said Anthony's friend
admitted the marijuana was his, and would publicly accept responsibility
Anthony was in Los Angeles for a preseason game against the Clippers and was unavailable for comment.
Recht said he received a letter from Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe, verifying Anthony passed four random drug tests last season, and another just two weeks ago.
The letter also said tests from the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Athens Games came back negative during the summer. Recht said Anthony was devastated to learn about the discovery in his bag.