Kemp makes quick court appearance
Ex-Sonic Shawn Kemp appeared at the King County Correctional Facility this afternoon for the first time since being arrested early Monday morning.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Shawn Kemp, the former Sonic who led Seattle to the NBA Finals in 1996, appeared at the King County Correctional Facility this afternoon for the first time since being arrested early Monday morning.
Kemp, 35, and Gavin Jones were arrested after police found marijuana, cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol in Kemp's pickup. They were parked at a Brown Bear Car Wash in the 16100 block of Aurora Avenue North.
Today, Kemp signed paperwork, posted his bail and left the facility with a horde of television cameras following him. No charges were filed.
Kemp stopped for a moment to talk to reporters, dressed sharply in a navy pinstripe suit that accentuated a trimmed figure. He had ballooned to about 300 pounds in 2003.
"I don't want to talk about the situation at all," Kemp said of his arrest. "I'm trying to find out what's going to happen. I will just say that I explained everything to the police and I cooperated with them and the truth will come out."
Kemp and Jones were arrested when a Shoreline police officer stopped to talk to them. They were seated inside Kemp's 2005 Chevrolet pickup. As the officer approached the vehicle, he could smell the strong odor of marijuana, police said.
Kemp gave the police officer permission to search the vehicle and 1.0 grams of cocaine, 2.4 ounces of marijuana and a semi-automatic pistol were found. According to police, Jones told the officer the drugs were his, but he was not charged yesterday either.
Kemp was drafted in the first round (17th overall) by the Sonics in 1989. In his 14-year career, he averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. He was a six-time All-Star and played in 88 playoff games.
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