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Mike Scott of Atlanta Hawks arrested and charged with felony drug possession

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With the NBA in its offseason, and the drama of free agency all but over for another year, when a player's name appears in the headlines in July you can almost guarantee it won't be a positive.

Arrest

That is certainly the case for Atlanta Hawks star, Mike Scott, who is facing felony charges today according to team beat writer Chris Vivlamore.

Scott was stopped by police in California yesterday on a traffic violation when officers reportedly discovered quantities of marijuana and MDMA in his vehicle.

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Scott was arrested alongside his 20-year-old brother, Antonn, both of whom had had their bail set at $8,100 and $9,300 respectively late last night. 

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Drug charges

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the brothers initially tried to evade police after being flagged down for driving to close to other vehicles. Only after reaching speeds of 98 mph and driving for a further two miles did they stop for police. Antonn Scott was driving the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, authorities discovered one ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDMA.

Scott has been with the Atlanta Hawks for the past three seasons and featured in 11 of the franchise's playoff games this past post-season.

The Eastern Conference team's head coach, Mike Budenholzer, made the following statement on the situation:

"We are aware of the situation involving Mike Scott this morning. Out of respect for the legal process, we will not have any additional comment at this time."

The second-round draft pick has established himself as a key bench player for the Hawks in recent since arriving from Virginia in the 2012 draft. He appeared in 68 games during the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 7.8 points per game, but spent some time out with a toe injury in March.

Off-court Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks enjoyed great success on the court last season, leading the Eastern Conference during the regular-season and sending no less than four players to the All-Star game.

Mike Scott's off-court issue isn't the first time that events away from the hardwood have cast shadows over the organization however.

Teammates Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were arrested in April outside of a NYC nightclub and the former was ultimately ruled out for the season after sustaining an injury he puts down to New York police.

This latest incident way from the court is ongoing at this stage but the Atlanta Hawks will certainly not have enjoyed seeing their franchise back in the headlines at this time of year.

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