NBA star James Harden is stopped and frisked by police in Paris… as his rapper friend Lil Baby is seen being placed in handcuffs
- Harden, 31, was pictured being stopped and searched by French police in Paris on Thursday
- His friend Lil Baby, 26, was seen being put into the back of a police van and handcuffed
- Local reports indicate that the rapper was among a group of people in their entourage who was arrested for marijuana possession
- Video posted to social media shows the Brooklyn Nets star shouting ‘I don’t understand’ as the police tried to speak with him
The 31-year-old Brooklyn Nets player was spotted being stopped by a group of police officers in Paris on Avenue Montaigne, and a video shared to Twitter shows him being frisked by an officer.
The encounter appears to have been more severe for the 26-year-old rapper, who was seen being handcuffed and placed into the back of a police van.
Legal run-in: James Harden, 31, was seen being stopped by Paris police and frisked during an encounter on Thursday. He was accompanied by his friend Lil Baby, who was handcuffed
Both Harden and Lil Baby were in the City of Lights to attend Paris Fashion Week.
According to French outlets, the two men were part of a group stopped on a marijuana-related charge.
Lil Baby (given name: Dominique Jones) was reportedly arrested with two other people after police stopped them while claiming they could smell marijuana.
According to TMZ, 20 grams of the substance, which is still illegal in France, were discovered.
Against the wall: Harden was seen surrounded by police. One masked officer appeared to be speaking to him and was seen frisking him
Taking a seat: During the stop, the basketball star sat down on the curb while looking at his phone
Language barrier: In a video posted to Twitter, Harden could be heard shouting, ‘You know, It’s OK. I don’t understand’
Drug-related: According to French outlets, the two men were part of a group stopped on a marijuana-related charge
In the clear: Sources close to Harden told TMZ that he was released after the encounter and claimed he hadn’t done anything illegal
In a video posted to Twitter, Harden could be heard shouting, ‘You know, It’s OK. I don’t understand,’ though he seemed to be shouting to someone behind the officer searching him.
While speaking to the other person, the plainclothes officer patted down his arms and checked his sleeves.
The shooting guard was dressed casually in a brown hoodie under a brown-and-white jacket, along with matching shorts and black high top sneakers.
Sources close to Harden later told the outlet that he hadn’t done anything illegal and was let go by police after the altercation.
Out of town: Lil Baby, 26, speaks with police. He was seen being placed into the back of police van