Spokane TV station KREM reported this morning that Klay Thompson was arrested last night in Pullman following Washington State's victory over USC, during a traffic stop in which the officer smelled pot in Thompson's car. While a victory over the Trojans is always reason to celebrate, that's not really how it should be done - not without a prescription (in our state), and especially not while driving.
Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said Thompson was pulled over about 10:56 p.m. on College Hill because a headlight on his SUV was out.
Tennant said the officer smelled marijuana and Thompson was the only one in the vehicle, but the WSU junior denied having any drugs.
Thompson was arrested and officers found a small amount of marijuana in the SUV when they searched the vehicle after obtaining a search warrant, Tennant said.
Thompson was cited on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, and will appear in court at a later date. Klay is the second WSU basketball player to get caught up with the herb this season - Reggie Moore also was arrested on a marijuana possession charge earlier in the season, and was given a 1 game suspension from Coach Bone.
"We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information," Washington State coach Ken Bone said in a statement released on Friday. "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."
It will be interesting to see how the Cougars will respond. Either they wilt like the BYU Cougars or they come out on fire emotionally in their last regular game of the season. They are having a "gray out" for UCLA. Bruins will need to be ready to respond and play smart ball for 40 mins. If the Bruins cannot win tomorrow, it will be a massive opportunity lost for this year's team to take a step forward.
We will try to keep a close eye on this as this could be a huge story. If you all can help us track this by sharing any related posts, tweets in the thread below, we'd all appreciate it because the situation could have ramifications on tomorrow's game.