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Wizards' Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to felony

UPDATE: The Post's article from the courthouse is now online.

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas on Friday pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.

The Post will report more news as it becomes available.

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 15, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities , The District , Updates  
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Bye - Bye Gilbert.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | January 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert should pay a fine, take a class or two on gun safety, be re-instated by the NBA, and resume his career this season with the Wizards. At that point, the Pollin family should remove themselve from every interfering with the Wizards organization again. They have shamed the franchise with their gutless defenseless stance on their prized player. Abe Pollin is turning over in his grave at his family's behavior.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert who?

Posted by: MajorConfusion | January 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@Barno1: You're an idiot

Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | January 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@barno1-"interfering", "gutless defenseless stance", i humbly disagree. I can almost assure myself that Wizards AND the NBA agreed in principle on ALL actions the franchise has taken. Stern and all knew what they were doing, that's why it took so long, all sides wanted to agree. Gil needs to be held accountable. I blame the NBA and all sports corporations for the way THEY handle their stars! -b

Posted by: bbirdy202 | January 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Very well said....The Pollin family should be ashamed they never defended the best player to play for the wizards in the last 30yrs!!! It's so sad to see no loyalty on the part of the Wizards organization. It's realy disturbing!!!

Posted by: Giorgos1 | January 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Whoever thinks that the Wizards should stand by Gilbert is an idiot. How can you stand by someone who brings 4 guns to the locker room, a violation of NBA rules. I don't care whether he goes to jail or not but what he did was immature and foolish. Hopefully this is a wakeup call for him and hopefully he can resume his career somewhere.

Posted by: oakiedokie | January 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse


Since you clearly, CLEARLY, do not follow the NBA nor the Wizards, let me give you some context on this situation. You state "how can you stand by someone who...violates NBA rules?"

Funny, I don't recall Abe Pollin doing much when Chris Webber was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of marijuana and five other traffic-related violations after being pulled over for speeding on the way to practice at the then-MCI Center.

Funny, I don't recall Abe Pollin doing much when Jerry Stackhouse was charged with assault in a dispute over a rental contract in which, clearly, Stackhouse was in the wrong.

Funny, I don't recall Abe Pollin doing much when Juwan Howard and Chris Webber were accused of sexual assault against a woman.

Funny, I don't recall Abe Pollin doing much more than a 1-game suspension when Rod Strickland was arrested for a DUI, nor the second time Strickland was arrested, nor the 3rd time he was arrested. Nor do I recall Pollin doing much when Strickland was arrested a 4th time for refusing to leave a night club that was being shut down by fire marshals.

Funny, I don't recall Abe Pollin doing much when Andray Blatche was arrested for reckless driving. Nor I do recall Pollin doing much when Blatche was arrested for sexual solicitation. In fact, as I recall, Abe Pollin and the Wizards offered Blatche a new contract shortly thereafter.

Ah.....the double standards. Cannot wait until the Pollins have absolutely no say over this franchise.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you!

Posted by: Giorgos1 | January 15, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The prosecutor could not get 12 votes for a felony

on any gun but the Desert Eagle.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 15, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

An over reaction by the government.

Posted by: | January 15, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

This is a pretty complicated issue and there are many factors involved:

One, the politics at play: the anti-gun, anti-2nd Amendment crowd's involvement and pressure on the league/team (pressure from the Brady bill folks, anti-gun members of the media such as John Feinstein demanding that the Wizards get rid of Arenas--before he had even been charged with a crime, etc)

Two, the original story on this issue reported in the NY Post that Arenas and Crittenton pointed loaded weapons at each other in the locker room, which--though it turned out to be completely false--started this firestorm and is the number one reason this story took off into a national media frenzy.

Three, Al Sharpton's mau-mauing of David Stern, pressuring him to throw the book at Arenas based on Sharpton's incorrect believe that the NY Post story was accurate. (Why Stern even took the famously racist and anti-Semitic Sharpton's call in the first place is not yet clear)

Four, following Abe Pollin's death earlier this season, there is a huge void of leadership within the Wizards front office. The Pollin family--notoriously anti-2nd Amendment rights--decided not to support Arenas through this trying time.

Lastly, and possibly most important, is Arenas's 3 knee surgeries over the last 3 years. Had this incident happened in 2007, when Arenas was in the midst of his 3rd straight All Star game and was the toast of the town, there is no doubt whatsoever that the team and league would have treated him entirely different. There would lkkely be no suspension other than a token game or two, possibly a fine, and that would be that...other than the legal ramifications, which now appear to be--appropriately--a slap on the wrist with no jail time. Instead, the team is now hoping to use this incident to void his contract...a battle they will ultimately lose if they pursue.

Does anyone here in their right mind actually believe the team would try to void his contract over this if this had happened before he hurt his knee is 07? Zero chance whatsoever.

Arenas is the victim here, but very few seem to realize this.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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