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Report: DC Assault president Curtis Malone arrested in DEA heroin investigation

Aug 12, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

Curtis Malone is the co-founder and president of one of the most high-profile AAU basketball programs in the country, the DC Assault.

Michael Beasley, Keith Bogans, Nolan Smith, DerMarr Johnson and Jeff Green are just a few of the alumni that the Assault have sent through the college ranks and onto the NBA. Malone is Smith’s stepfather.

But on Friday, Malone was arrested in DC in connection with a year-long DEA investigation into heroin, per a report from Will Sommer of the Washington City Paper. He has been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine.

A search warrant executed on Malone’s home yielded a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of heroine, a handgun and “assorted paraphanalia associated with the distribution of controlled substances. This would be Malone’s second drug arrest, as he was convicted of selling crack cocaine in 1991, serving three months of a five month sentence. Malone was charged with assault stemming from an altercation with another AAU coach last year, but was acquitted of those charges.

A report from Jeff Ermann of Inside Maryland Sports says no one else affiliated with the Assault has been implicated.

Malone’s name has popped up quite a bit in the past few years.

He was responsible for Jamar Samuels being suspended for Kansas State’s Round of 32 NCAA tournament game against Syracuse in 2012. Malone had wired Samuels $200 too make sure that Samuels had enough money to be able to eat. Malone was also sued by Michael Beasley in 2011 in which Beasley accused Malone of steering his players to NBA agent Joel Bell in exchange for Bell’s help funding the Assault program.

  1. egan6466 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Can we finally shut AAU ball down completely?

  2. northstarnic - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    The nickname of his team is the “Assault”?! Man, you just can’t make this stuff up.
    And how funny is it that the adult team from DC had to drop their Bullets nickname, but for the kids this nickname, which is worse, is acceptable. Hoop it up!

    • esp402 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      It’s not just AAU it’s youth sports as a whole…

  3. jackvcr - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Sadly, this is no surprise at all. Some wannabe living thru a bunch of teenie boppers and being the worst possible role model he could be. Ugh!

  4. shrshot - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Note.. Gary Williams wouldn’t recruit players from this guy while at MD

  5. kingghidora - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Make enough money and you have to look for ways to spend it. You buy all the material stuff you want and that leaves buying stuff to make you look cool. Like the friendship with athletes. What’s cooler in the gangsta world than hanging with ballers? Every thug in the country wants to get involved. And who better to make you look legit than former Association players on your payroll?

  6. dcchak - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    The above comment on AAU hoops as a whole is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Doesn’t take much searching to find high school coach misadventures either … and we’re not about to throw away high school sports.

    In both settings, within some bounds, parents have choices. There are some information asymmetries, but those diminish over time too. What’s different about AAU relative to schools is how cheap entry is, and how quickly new alternatives can build.

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