Malik Beasley was initially facing felony weapon and drug charges following an incident with individuals on his property. The Minnesota Timberwolves guard is set to serve 120 days at the Hennepin County Workhouse, with an amendment in his original charges.
In September, the police arrested Beasley following an incident where he reportedly shouted expletives at individuals and pointed a gun at them. He avoided charges at the time. However, officers searching his property found narcotics and several firearms, including a stolen gun.
As mentioned earlier, Beasley also faced a felony drug charge, which the Judge dismissed due to an agreement reached in December. Here, Beasley pleaded guilty to threats of violence with reckless disregard to risk. The Judge also ordered a lifetime ban on possession of firearms. The Timberwolves guard is on a three-year probation, which prohibits alcohol and illegal drug use. His threat of violence charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor after completion of probation.
The Star Tribune, a Minnesotan newspaper, reported Beasley’s statement. He claimed that vehicles had repeatedly been driving up to his house for weeks and bothering his family. This led Beasley to worry about the safety of those around him and to act in frustration.
Beasley can serve his sentence in the Workhouse or on home monitoring after the NBA season ends, which is good news for the Timberwolves. The team probably expected to have a better season after having the first pick in the draft. However, they have been struggling so far and are last in the Western Conference with a 6-18 record. The recently acquired guard averages 20 points and 5 rebounds, losing, which would further add to their struggles.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are yet to provide an official statement regarding the incident.