HOUSTON (AP) _ Former NBA player Sam Mack, who was arrested in a Chicago suburb in July on drug charges, said Wednesday he is innocent and expects his name to be cleared.

Mack also said he did not lead police on a high speed chase just before he was arrested for possessing cocaine and marijuana.

``When everything comes out, I wonder what people will say then,'' Mack told Houston TV station KRIV. ``I know they smeared my name real bad. But you know I'm not ashamed because I didn't do anything and I'm innocent.''

Mack, released by the Golden State Warriors in March, was arrested July 11 after officers said they found 19 bags of marijuana in his car, along with some cocaine.

Police said they stopped his car after Mack ran a stop sign and took officers on a high-speed chase through Phoenix, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Derek Guess said he isn't surprised by Mack's claims of innocence.

``Why would a guy that makes the money Sam Mack makes, why would he try to avoid a traffic ticket? Obviously because he had something in the trunk he shouldn't have had, which was marijuana and cocaine,'' Guess said.

Mack has a preliminary hearing Aug. 7 in Markham, Ill.

Mack played six years in the NBA, including stints with San Antonio, Houston, Vancouver and Golden State.