Curtis Malone, the co-founder of the DC Assault, a successful Washington, D.C.-based AAU team, was arrested last Friday and charged in a federal drug investigation.
According to a charging document submitted to U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay, law enforcement officers arrested Malone at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md., after finding cocaine and a substance believed to be heroin, along with assorted drug paraphenalia. According to the document, the arrest followed a yearlong investigation that included drug buys by an informant and phone taps of Malone's residence. The Washington City Paper first reported the filing.
"It's unfortunate," said Chris Lawson, whose company, DMVelite, promotes basketball events in the Washington, D.C. area. "That's really all I can say. I support the kids. At the end of the day, our mission is to promote and create opportunites beyond what the major methodology of basketball does."
Malone co-founded DC Assault in 1993 with Troy Weaver, who is now the assistant general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder. DC Assault has had nine McDonald's All-Americans and sent several players to the NBA, including Nolan Smith and Keith Bogans of the Boston Celtics and Michael Beasley of the Phoenix Suns. Beasley named Malone in a lawsuit he filed against his former agent, Joel Bell, in 2011.
Former Niagara player and DC Assault alumnus Malcolm Lemmons expressed his support for Malone on Twitter.
Regardless Of What Ppl Say Curtis Malone Always Looked Out! Helped Too Many Kids Get Out Of This Area! ��
— MalcolmRashad (@MalcolmRashad) August 12, 2013
Last summer, Malone was acquitted of assaulting another AAU coach. In 1991, he served three months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of cocaine possession. In 1994, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and attempting to elude a police officer and received six months of unsupervised probation.
Malone has a preliminary detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday.