Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of threats of violence for pointing a firearm at a family who had mistakenly pulled up to his rental home in their car.
His attorney, Steven Haney, says the 24-year-old can serve his time after the season. Beasley received three years probation, during which time he’s not allowed to use alcohol or elicit drugs, and he has been banned permanently from having firearms. He will also enter an anger-management program.
Beasley and his now-estranged wife Montana Yao were both facing fifth-degree drug possession charges stemming from the September 29 arrest, when police found marijuana at his home, but those charges were dropped as part of his plea deal, according to ESPN.
Haney told ESPN that Beasley’s felony charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor at the end of his probation. There’s also a chance that Beasley could spend his sentence between work release and home detention. For now, though, he’s expected to serve his time sat a facility known as ‘The Workhouse’ at Hennepin County (Minnesota) Adult Corrections Facility.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of threats of violence for pointing a firearm at a family that had mistakenly pulled him to his rental home in their car. Beasley and his now-estranged wife Montana Yao (far right) were both facing fifth-degree drug possession charges stemming from the September 29 arrest, but those charges were reportedly dropped as part of his plea deal
On September 26, a couple was on a ‘Parade of Homes’ tour in Plymouth, Minnesota with their 13-year-old child when they inadvertently pulled up to a roped-off property being rented by Beasley. As they decided to look for another home to view, a man matching Beasley’s description allegedly tapped a gun against their car window and told them to get off his property.
As they drove off, the couple claimed, they could see Beasley pointing his gun at them.
The couple then called 9-1-1.
Police arrived at Beasley’s rental, where they found 835 grams (1.8 pounds) of marijuana, a 12-gauge shotgun, a handgun, and an automatic rifle, which matched the description of the one he allegedly pointed at the family as they drove away.
The search warrant for the surveillance cameras revealed that Beasley was seen retrieving the gun from the garage and returning it to a mudroom closet around the time of the alleged incident.
Furthermore, the couple was able to identify both Beasley and the gun, according to police.
The couple’s rental home (pictured) was previously listed for $2.2 million, and contains a basketball court, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Yao claimed all the marijuana was hers, adding that she purchased it from a medical marijuana distributor. However, according to police, she was unable to name the location.
The reportedly estranged couple has a 1½-year-old son. Yao filed for divorce in December after Beasley was seen traveling with Larsa Pippen, the former wife of Basketball Hall of Fame Scottie Pippen.
The rental Beasley was living in at the time of his arrest was previously listed for $2.2 million, and contains a basketball court, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Beasley became a restricted free agent following the 2019-20 season, but despite his looming legal situation, the Timberwolves still signed the former Florida State guard to a new four-year, $60 million contract.
The 19th overall pick in the 2016 draft by Denver, Beasley averaged 20.7 points in 14 games for Minnesota after being acquired in a trade with the Nuggets in February of 2020.
Beasley is the son of actors Michael and Deena Beasley, and his grandfather, John Beasley, is a veteran stage performer who also appeared in films such as Rudy, Little Big League, and The Mighty Ducks.