Heat respond to Haslem's drug charge

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, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

Miami - The Miami Heat organization responded on Monday to forward Udonis Haslem's drug possession and unlawful speeding charges stemming from a traffic stop on Sunday.

"We are aware of the incident involving Udonis Haslem yesterday afternoon, and while we fully support our players, since this is a pending legal matter we will have no further comment at this time," Heat president Pat Riley said.

Miami-Dade County court records show Haslem was charged with possessing over 20 grams of marijuana. According to the Miami Herald, the traffic stop happened around 3 p.m. (et) when Haslem was stopped for driving 78 m.p.h. in a 60 m.p.h. zone.

"First and foremost, I'd like to thank the Arison family, coach Riley, coach (Erik) Spoelstra, the Heat organization and fans who have shown me their support during this incident. I am confident that once the judicial process runs its course, I will be cleared," Haslem said.

Haslem has spent his entire seven-year career with the Heat and recently signed a five-year contract with the team this past offseason rather than taking more lucrative offers to play elsewhere.


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