Minnesota Timberwolves gunnery guard Malik Beasley has pleaded guilty to a threat of violence-related crime related to a September incident in which he was arrested. His attorney Steven Haney confirmed this to ESPN on Monday.
Haney said Beasley, 24, won't have to sit in jail or home until after the 2020-21 NBA season. His sentence will not exceed 120 days. If Beasley successfully completes the probationary period, his threat of violence will be reduced to an offense, according to Haney.
As part of the plea, a drug abuse charge was dismissed
"This resolution will allow Malik to play the 2020-2021 NBA season and work to become the player and the person we know can be," Haney told ESPN.
Beasley, who averaged 20.7 points in 14 games with the Timberwolves last season after being traded by the Denver Nuggets in February, faced crime, narcotics and felony according to Hennepin County Jail records, who received / concealed stolen property charges.
In November, Beasley, a restricted free agent, signed a four-year, $ 60 million deal with the Timberwolves. The fourth year is a team option.
In a statement made to ESPN at the time, the Plymouth Police Department said officers had been called to Beasley's apartment over a reported gun crime. The reporters told officers they stopped their car in front of the house and one "suspect walked up to their vehicle, knocked on the vehicle window, pointed a gun at them and advised them to leave the property."
"As the victims drove away, the suspect was seen holding the gun on his shoulder and pointing it at their vehicle," the police statement said.
The officers set up a perimeter to locate the person and said they had a strong smell of marijuana. A vehicle tried to leave the property and was stopped by the police. Three people in the car were arrested and later released. A man who identified himself as a homeowner was outside yelling at officers.
The officers received a warrant to search the property and found narcotics and numerous weapons, one of which has been confirmed as stolen, police said.