Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, reportedly for violating a rule by bringing a female guest to his hotel room.
The story was first reported by USA Today. Muhammad, the 14th overall pick in the 2013 draft, will be fined and required to return to finish the program next year.
“We have been made aware of the circumstances surrounding Shabazz Muhammad’s dismissal from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey,” said Flip Saunders, the Wolves president of basketball operations, in a team news release. “The team fully supports the NBA’s rules and policies in all matters pertaining to this situation and we will abide by the league’s action.”
Nearly 50 players are participating in the program, a four-day event that ends Friday. Reportedly the players were given the program’s rules just hours before Muhammad was sent home.
Muhammad, who has faced questions about his willingness to play as part of a team, talked about rebuilding his reputation after being drafted, saying he would fit in well in coach Rick Adelman’s passing system.
In 2008, both Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were sent home from the program after they were found in a room with two women. At the time, security at the resort said that the scent of marijuana was detected, but no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found. Both were fined $20,000.
Michael Beasley, then a Miami rookie, admitted later to being a part of that incident. He was fined $50,000.