Did Thompson just torpedo Cougs' postseason?

KEN BONE ONLY had about an hour to celebrate Washington State's clutch victory over USC. That's all the time it took before star player Klay Thompson was arrested on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession according to news reports out of Pullman and Spokane. Thompson was subsequently suspended on Friday morning.

Updated: Washington State sent out a statement at 9:22 a.m. on Friday morning, with Ken Bone saying Klay Thompson has been suspended for the critical and regular season finale UCLA game on Saturday. Bone said Thompson's situation will continue to be evaluated over the weekend.

Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant told CF.C Thompson was pulled over at 11 p.m. on Harvey Road for a routine traffic stop as his GMC Envoy had a burned out headlight. During the stop the arresting officer smelled what Tennant said was a strong scent of burned marijuana from the car. Thompson denied the odor, but was arrested for what Tennant described as probable cause. Marijuana in the amount of 1.95 grams were then found inside the vehicle after a search warrant was obtained. Thompson's car was impounded by the Pullman Police Department but Thompson was not booked into jail. Thompson's car was returned to him at around 6 a.m. this morning. Tennant said Thompson was issued a criminal citation, which is like a traffic ticket but similar to a minor in possession charge.

Tennant said the next step for the Cougar leading scorer is that around two weeks from now, as is standard, he will receive a letter in the mail with a date for his initial court appearance. A fine and probation are often customary outcomes in such cases.

Washington State's dreams for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid were hanging by a thread headed into this week's games, with the general consensus that WSU would need to win both games against USC and UCLA, and take two Pac-10 tournament games, to have an outside shot at an at-large invite. The Cougs only other avenue to the Big Dance is to win the Pac-10 Tournament.

With Thompson suspended for the UCLA game, the Cougs could be down two starters, as Reggie Moore left Thursday's game in the first half with a sprained ankle.

Thompson is the second Cougar basketballer arrested on a marijuana charge this year, Moore was arrested earlier in the season.

Thompson, the Pac-10's leading scorer, tallied 22 points in the Cougs' 85-77 win over USC on Thursday night.

Ken Bone's statement: "We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information. Klay will be suspended for Saturday's game against UCLA and the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend. Until that time neither myself nor the team will have further comment."

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