Malik Beasley Faces Two Felony Charges

Timberwolves swingman Malik Beasley faces a pair of felony charges related to his late-September arrest, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who tweets that Beasley is being charged with fifth-degree drug possession and threats of violence.

As Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News relays, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office issued a press release detailing the charges against Beasley and providing more details about the September 26 incident. According to the release, a family alleged that Beasley pointed an assault rifle at them when they were on the road outside his home:

“They stated they were on a Parade of Homes tour with their 13-year-old, when they pulled up to the roped-off residence, assumed it was closed, and decided to look for another home to view, the complaint says. The victims at the time were on the shoulder of the road in front of the roped-off house.

“The complaint continues, saying that the victims heard a tapping on the (vehicle’s) window and saw Beasley pointing the firearm at them, telling them to get off his property. The victims got back onto the road and saw Beasley pointing the rifle at them as they drove off.”

After obtaining a search warrant for Beasley’s home, officers found three firearms – including one matching the description of the assault rifle – and more than 835 grams of marijuana, according to the statement from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Paul Walsh of The Star Tribune provided some additional details on the charges and allegations against Beasley.

“We are cooperating with the law enforcement investigation and will carefully review the discovery and charges in the coming days,” Beasley’s lawyers, Steve Haney and Ryan Pacyga, said in a joint statement, per Charania.

Beasley, who was traded from Denver to Minnesota at the February trade deadline, finished strong, averaging a career-best 20.7 PPG and shooting 42.6% on three-pointers in 14 games with the Timberwolves. He’ll be a restricted free agent this offseason and the team has suggested it plans to re-sign him, as executive VP Sachin Gupta reiterated on Wednesday.

“Essentially we’re not going to be a real big player in terms of cap room,” Gupta said when asked about the team’s cap situation, per Chris Hine of The Star Tribune. “But we do have plenty of room below the tax. We’ve got our own free agents with Malik and Juancho (Hernangomez) so with the Bird rights we’ll be able to re-sign those guys, and now with a No. 1 pick, that’s a bigger salary slot than maybe we would’ve expected prior to the lottery. … But we still feel good about having plenty of room below the tax to bring those guys back and also add in free agency as well.”

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50 thoughts on “Malik Beasley Faces Two Felony Charges

  1. Ironmonger835

    WTF is a parade of homes tour? Why were they on his property? I think Beasley was in the right.

    • Robert G.

      You’re kidding, right? Brandishing a rifle at people pulled over in front of your house is justified?? Beasley just cost himself some serious coin as well as sullied his reputation. As a wolves fan I’m pissed because I thought he had the chance to be the gritty guy we needed, but now they won’t entrust him with a major role, if they re-sign him at all.

      • Ironmonger835

        Were they on the road or his driveway? It does not say for sure. If they are on his driveway that is his property. Also its only these people’s side of the story. They probably snooped around and got mad he pulled a gun on them.

        • Luke Adams

          Definitely true that we’ve only heard one side of the story so far, but for what it’s worth, the family stated that they were pulled over on the side of the road outside his house, rather than on Beasley’s property (“The victims at the time were on the shoulder of the road in front of the roped-off house”)

          • Ironmonger835

            Of course they would claim they did no wrong. Are we sure they didn’t go snooping around a bit? So apparently they just stopped, saw it was blocked off and Beasley rushed, got the gun, and went up to the car all within minutes? If they really did clearly see it was blocked off, wouldn’t they leave pretty quickly? I think these people are lying.

                • stps2019

                  Of course you question all sides, hence the due process procedure. Charges were dropped the night of the incident and then after a month long investigation new charges were delivered. He will have a day in court to present his side and the DA will present their side and jury will decide the outcome. This hasn’t been a rush job

    • stps2019

      It’s a real estate tour of homes done in the fall and spring. The neighborhood association (assuming he lives in a HoA) would have to sign off on it therefore it would need to communicate to residents of potential visitors to the neighborhood etc. which would negate any kind of property defense argument his lawyers could make. That’s a lot of cheeba too btw

  2. masisk33

    I foresee that Malik’s court costs will be pretty large.

    And his market value as a RFA will go down, down, down…

    • Jason Lancaster

      Great value for Minnesota – should be able to re-sign him for pennies on the dollar.

      But I’d put a “no guns” clause in this guy’s contract before I signed him. Not ’cause I hate guns or anything, but because he obviously doesn’t have the maturity to own one.

    • I actually think this means the Wolves pick lamelo ball hands down. The biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind.

  3. DynamiteAdams

    Imagine having nearly 2 pounds of weed for yourself…I feel like this should have been an after retirement purchase

    • Curtisrowe

      Dude, considering they measured the marijuana in grams I don’t think it was just for him.

      • Curtisrowe

        I mean, if you smoked an ounce a week, it would still take you 32 weeks to smoke 2 pounds. You gotta keep that stuff fresh man. No way it was all personal.

        • formerlyz

          lol if he smokes a lot, he could get through 3-5 Os a week relatively easily. there are also ways to sotre it decently for at least a little while, but it wouldnt take him that long. I obviously agree in general, you arent going to buy pounds of bud for yourself for the reasons you outlined, but I’m just saying its possible…

          Dude also just came from Denver where you can legally have your own plants without a medical card, so that may have played into it

          Unfortunate. If Denver would have been smart enough to move Gary Harris and Will Barton last year, as I had mentioned, they could have kept Beasley, which would have helped them in the playoffs, and maybe this wouldnt have happened to him lol…2 or 3 of them could have gone in a deal for a big time guard also, but thats not really a conversation anymore with Harris and his now bad contract

  4. DynamiteAdams

    Also I find it hard to believe they got a search warrant just from someone claiming someone inside a house pointed a gun at them. Not saying it’s not true, just a weak set of criteria to get your house searched. I mean if I hated my neighbor and wanted the police to search their house I could claim the same and waste a lot of time.

      • Good link. When it says above he tapped on the window I thought he was inside his house tapping on the front window of his house. He was tapping on the glass of the vehicle !! LOL.

        • Luke Adams

          I initially interpreted it the same way. I’ve tweaked the wording in the story above to make it clearer.

          • DynamiteAdams

            Yeah I read it like he was in his living room pointing a gun from inside but yeah if he came outside and the witness identified him that’s more probable

  5. stubby66

    Ok first off would this have been different if he was white? But that being said this was not a situation where a gun needed to be brought into the situation. People need to wake up and realize that guns can be a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Now I don’t own a gun cause I don’t like them. But at the same time I will admit that guns do have there place in the right situation. We as people got to get back to common sense and using our heads. Wake up!!!

    • I’m anti-gun but I fully understand why folks have them for protection and I respect that right. That said: he’s a millionaire with a nice house, and there are people out there who would love to take what he has. If he’s legally allowed to have them, he’s legally allowed to have them.

      Was the family white? Would he be in the same predicament if he were white? Probably not to this extent.

      • hiflew

        That white couple caught brandishing guns at a crowd of people were indicted as well. So yeah, I think he would be in the same predicament.

  6. sportznut1000

    I would be willing to bet beasley or one of his neighbors recently had their house burglarized recently. He saw someone driving around who he didnt recognize and based on the family saying “they were on a tour of homes” its safe to assume at the very least they were checking out these huge mansions wishing they had one of their own. Well if beasley notices them creeping up and down the street looking at homes and then they decide to park, i mean he is well within is right to approach them. If he was recently burglarized, that might explain the gun. Nobody just gets “lost” in neighborhoods like that and beasley would be well aware if one of his next door neighbors houses were for sale and these people were looking at buying. Why else do they need to stop in front of his house?

    • sportznut1000

      Im a city guy but through work talk a lot to people who live out in the country. I can see this same exact scenario playing out to sooooo many people who live out in the country. They get a lot of people who drive by and leave their trash or discarded furniture on the side of their roads. So if someone came by and parks their car because “they were on a house tour” and wanted to look at their house, you can bet the person who owns the house is going to assume the worst because it happens so much more frequently than someone just looking at houses.

      I imagine its the same for millionaires whos nearest neighbor is several hundred yards away. If someone drives by slowly and parks their car, id bet more often than not, that home owner is going to assume the worst. Now they can call the cops and wait 30 minutes for them to show up while the person leaves, or approach them on their own and hope that they deter that person from canvassing their property ever again

      • illowa

        assume the worst, hope for the best. people could use these tours of expensive houses as a reason to case a neighborhood.

    • jb10000lakes

      The house he is renting was printed up in the Parade of Homes catalog. It’s literally, a big magazine with over 100 houses that are “open houses” on the weekends for developers to show off their new interiors housing styles, etc. Lots of them are really plush. So since the catalog was already printed before he rented it out, the house was roped off. The people , who had their kid with them by the way, must have been touring houses, seen that his was “roped off”/closed, simply parked to figure out how to get to the next house or nearest house on the list. He was being an idiot, and it bit him in the ass.

  7. Otogar

    Guns should be banned and marijuana should be legal, and then many things would get better.

  8. Lionel Muggeridge

    What bad timing for Beasley. He’s showed he can really play for the wolves and he needs to get paid. I think there’s definitely more to this than the family is saying. I’m not going to jump to conclusions.

  9. hiflew

    This country is weird. If he had never been traded from Denver to Minnesota, there would be no drug possession charges at all since marijuana is legal in Colorado. If we are going to be a “United States” then we need to stop having separate state laws altogether. It is ridiculous that people can operate under the same Constitution and have vastly different legal systems.

    • Otogar

      In Colorado you can have up to one ounce. 835 grams would be an offense in any state.

        • hiflew

          I wasn’t aware of the metric conversion, but either way the main point remains the same. Different states in the same country operating under different laws is asinine.

  10. formerlyz

    was the warrant just for firearms and the bud was in plain sight? or did they find the bud somewhere while searching for the firearms b/c if its the 2nd part, I’m pretty sure they cant use the bud for charges…

    this whole scenario is a lot of bs to me, but dont want to really get into the reasons i think that since its multiple issues. Hope he gets out of this and gets paid

    • People seriously need to quit watching cop dramas. Your two scenarios are basically the same thing and they’re both valid seizures. If you have a warrant to search for firearms, you can enter the house and search anywhere in the house that you could fit a firearm. You can definitely fit a firearm anywhere you could fit 835 grams of dope.

      • formerlyz

        thats basically what I was asking, but obviously I meant, if they found it after finding the firearms they were searching for…obviously i guess the idea is that they were searching for multiple firearms, and not just a couple of them, so it would be valid to continue searching, and then potentially find the bud in that way. Otherwise, I dont think what I said is invalid.

        That being said, the whole scenario is ridiculous in general, and should have never came to that at all, which is what I was referring to in that last indentation

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