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Abdul-Jabbar Faces Pot Charge

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was arrested Tuesday night for investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana.

The former Los Angeles Lakers and UCLA star was taken into custody about 7 p.m. after a police officer who pulled him over for speeding smelled marijuana fumes coming from the open window of his car, said Officer Eduardo Funes, a police spokesman.

Abdul-Jabbar failed a field sobriety test administered near the San Fernando Valley intersection where he was stopped, Funes said. He was taken to a local jail, where he was booked on the misdemeanor charge and released on his own recognizance.

"Mr. Abdul-Jabbar was very respectful of the officers who arrested him, and very cooperative," Funes said.

A spokeswoman for Kareem Productions declined comment Wednesday.

Abdul-Jabbar, 53, is the NBA's career scoring leader with 38,387 points in the regular season and 44,149 total, including the playoffs.

The 7-foot-2 center, known for his all-but-unstoppable hook shot, led the UCLA Bruins to three consecutive NCAA championships before joining the NBA.

In a career spanning 20 seasons, Abdul-Jabbar played in 19 All-Star games and won six MVP awards.

He played on six NBA championship teams, including one with the Milwaukee Bucks and the last five with the Los Angeles Lakers when he teamed with guard Magic Johnson during the Lakers' Showtime era of the 1980s.

He was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers this past season.

Tuesday marked the second time in two years Abdul-Jabbar has run into trouble with the law over marijuana. He paid a fine in the spring of 1998 after surrendering a small amount to officers at an airport in Toronto.

The basketball great has said he uses the drug to alleviate the migraine headaches that have bothered him for years.

"I use it to control the nausea which comes with the headaches," he said during a book signing earlier this year.

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