Maybe it was the munchies.
But there’s more to the weekend story about former Spurs player Samaki Walker on drug possession charges that helps explains his arrest.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Walker was arrested by police in Kingman, Ariz., after a routine traffic stop. Arizona authorities allege that as a Department of Public Safety officer approached his 2002 Mercedes-Benz late Thursday in Kingman.
Officials said about 10 grams of marijuana was seized from the vehicle along with some prescription drugs and eight bottles of liquid steroids.
Walker, who played with the Spurs from 1999-2001, cooperated with officers at the Mohave County Jail, police said. He told police that he uses steroids to improve his athletic ability because he still plays professional basketball in Syria.
Walker told police the steroids are legal in Syria, but possession is a misdemeanor in Arizona, police told the Review-Journal.
The Woodland Hills, Calif., resident was drafted ninth in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft by Dallas. His 10-year NBA career ended in 2006 after stints with the Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, Washington, Indiana and the Spurs.
He was a member of the Lakers’ 2002 championship team, starting 63 games during the regular season.
Bond was set at $2,000 for Walker’s release with a preliminary hearing set for Friday.
His story should be an interesting one for lawmen once his trial begins.