Today, Hennepin County brought felony drug and weapons charges against Minnesota Timberwolves guard, Malik Beasley (and his wife), stemming from a September 26 arrest at his home in Plymouth, MN. The county attorney’s office also released more details into what happened, to bring about Beasley’s arrest.
I don’t like to copy/paste anything into our blogs at Minnesota Sports Fan. Sometimes however, it is necessary. Leaving out information shifts narratives. The County Attorney’s report isn’t that long and there are some areas I’ll definitely be expunging on below it.
PRESS RELEASE VIA HENNEPIN COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – 10/28/2020
A Minnesota Timberwolves player faces two felony charges following a late-September incident. His wife also faces a felony drug possession charge, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Malik Beasley, 23, of Plymouth, was charged with felony threats of violence and fifth-degree drug possession. His wife, 23-year-old Montana Yao of Plymouth, faces the same fifth-degree drug possession charge. Both Beasley and Yao were charged by summons. Beasley will make his first court appearance Nov. 19. Yao’s first appearance is scheduled for Dec. 29.
The 2019-2020 season was Beasley’s first with the Timberwolves.
According to the criminal complaints, on Sept. 26, just before 3:00 p.m. Plymouth Police were sent to a home located on the 18500 block of County Road 6 on the report of a man pointing an assault rifle at a family. Two separate 9-1-1 calls were received.
When officers arrived, Beasley began walking down the driveway yelling at them. Officers then spoke with the victims who contacted police to report the incident. They stated they were on a Parade of Homes tour with their 13-year-old, when they pulled up to the roped-off residence, assumed it was closed, and decided to look for another home to view, the complaint says. The victims at the time were on the shoulder of the road in front of the roped-off house.
The complaint continues, saying that the victims heard a tapping on the window, and saw Beasley pointing the firearm at them, telling them to get off his property. The victims got back onto the road and saw Beasley pointing the rifle at them as they drove off.
In two sequential, separate photo lineups, the victims were able to identify Beasley as the assailant with the rifle. Police also spoke with a witness who called 9-1-1 to report the incident, who stated that as he was driving by, he saw a man pointing a rifle at a the window of a Black SUV that was stopped on County Road 6, the complaint continues.
Officers obtained a search warrant to locate the rifle, and upon entering the residence, also began searching for marijuana given the overwhelming odor coming from inside. While conducting the search, officers found three firearms, one matching the description of the assault rifle, the complaint states. They also discovered more than 835 grams of marijuana in the basement living room and main floor office.
A search warrant for the surveillance cameras was obtained by officers, who found footage showing Beasley grabbing the rifle from the mudroom closet at 2:50 p.m. and walking out of his garage. At 2:58 p.m., Beasley is seen entering the garage and placing the rifle back in the mudroom closet, the complaint states. 9-1-1 calls were made around 3:00 p.m.
When police interviewed Yao, she admitted that all the marijuana was hers, and that she purchased it from a medical marijuana store, though could not provide its location. Yao also did not have documentation indicating that she could have medical marijuana.
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This is pretty fucked up…
So there are some important facts in this statement, that make or break the story. I am all about the 2nd amendment and using it to defend your property and loved ones who may be there. But what Malik Beasley did according to this release, goes way beyond that.
First… there wasn’t anyone other than him and his own people on his property the day of the incident, if the report we all just read is accurate.
A family was out touring houses with “Parade of Homes“, a company that helps newly built housing communities get tours and traffic for prospective buyers and future neighbors.
The family pulled over to the side of the road, in front of Beasley’s residence, looking for more houses they could possibly view. Just then, according to the report, Beasley tapped on the window with a rifle and pointed it at the passengers and driver inside the car until they drove off and were down the road. The car had a 13-year-old girl in the back seat.
If these charges are true, what in the fuck was Malik Beasley thinking? I have people parked outside of my house, on the shoulder of the road, every day. I’m sure that holds true for nearly all communities. What would possess someone to grab their gun and use it to confront a random family like this? It seems unfathomable…
How afraid must that little girl have been, in the back seat? One thing is for sure… I don’t think that family decided to settle down in Beasley’s neighborhood.
So did they buy the house?— Pat M. (@pjm_mn68) October 29, 2020
The “Fall Gal”
Get me a girl who will take the fall for my drug crimes like Malik Beasley’s wife did for him. Montana Yao has reportedly admitted to all 185 grams (30 oz or 1.8 lbs) of Marijuana found during the search, as hers.
(From what I’ve been told) most suburban pot smokers buy weed by the quarter-ounce (approximately), which would be about 1/120 the amount Malik’s wife is being charged with stashing at the Beasley residence.
So… that’s a lot of pot if you aren’t selling it and I don’t know why the Beasley family would need to sell weed to get by. Again, there seem to have been some bad decisions made in the Beasley household at the time of this incident.
Maybe Beasley’s wife is a drug criminal mastermind… but more than likely, I’d say she is just Malik’s fall-gal. That’d be pretty sad. But, it’s certainly feasible when you especially when you remember that a big new contract from the Minnesota Timberwolves could be on the line.
Timberwolves Back Beasley
The Minnesota Timberwolves have backed Malik Beasley throughout this process, calling him a member of their family.
Rosas and Co. have been clear on their desire to bring Malik back on a new contract. Sachin Gupta made it seem like a done deal just yesterday in the Star Tribune. If the Wolves want someone of his caliber in free agency, they might not have a choice. They are up against the salary cap and can only sign their own players, if they want to go over it.
“Malik is family, and we talked about family,” Rosas said. “It’s not only when it’s easy or it’s good, but when it’s hard and when it’s tough. I don’t think anybody wants to go through what’s happened here. … I’ve spoken to Malik, coach (Ryan Saunders) has spoken to Malik. We’re here for him through this process and we hope that these things will be resolved.”Gersson Rosas via The Athletic
Both Rosas and KAT backed Beasley, when all of this first unfolded, calling him a member of their family, not just a teammate. “It’s not only when it’s easy or it’s good, but when it’s hard and when it’s tough”, said Rosas (The Athletic).
That relationship could be tested, after this report. How much did they know leading up to this report and how much was Malik telling them? We’ll find out soon enough.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan