Hawks forward Mike Scott pleads not guilty to felony drug charges

COMMERCE — Hawks forward Mike Scott pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony drug charges Tuesday.

Scott was formally charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule 1 drug by the Banks County district attorney’s office stemming from his arrest in July 2015. The four-year NBA player waived his arraignment and thus was not present at the Banks County courthouse.

Scott could face up to 25 years in prison after he and his younger brother Antonn were stopped along I-85 in Homer last summer. After the two were pulled over for following other vehicles too closely, police found 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of Schedule I drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly.

The charge concerning the MDMA carries a sentence of up to 15 years, while the marijuana charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years, according to Georgia statutes.

Per the incident report, Scott took full responsibility for the drugs in the car and said his brother had no prior knowledge of the material. The report also stated Antonn spoke to police and said he did not use drugs but knew his brother used marijuana.

Scott was drafted by the Hawks in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft. In his latest season, he averaged 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds over 75 games. His $3.3 million salary for next season becomes guaranteed Sunday.

A person familiar with the situation said Scott’s case would not be heard until sometime in the fall. The Hawks have declined to comment on Scott’s legal situation.