Newly drafted forward Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the annual Rookie Transition Program Wednesday after having a female guest in his hotel room in Florham Park, N.J.
The incident occurred just hours after the rookies were given a list of rules. One of these rules was that all guests, male or female, had to be authorized by the program’s administration before being allowed to go into the rookies’ hotel rooms. Along with Muhammad being removed from the program, he will also have to pay a fine and come back next year to finish the program.
The Rookie Transition Program was originally set up to help incoming NBA players adjust successfully from the college level to the pros. It is a four-day program with seminars taught by current and former NBA players, NBPA and NBA staff as well as recruiting experts.
Muhammad is not the first player to get sent home from the program, however. In 2008, Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were expelled from the program after women and marijuana were found in their rooms. Both were fined $20,000.
This is not the first time Muhammad has been in the spotlight. His freshman year at UCLA was filled with questionable actions. The first was when he was declared ineligible for receiving improper benefits. He later appealed and regained his eligibility. Later, reports claimed that Muhammad was actually a year older than he had reported.
All of this attention caused Muhammad to go from a projected number one pick to being the 14th draft pick, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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