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Prosecutors: Arenas should spend three months in jail

Washington Post editors

Prosecutors recommended on Tuesday that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.

Prosecutors also proposed that Arenas serve three years probation and perform 300 hours of community service.

The recommendations came in a sentencing memo to the court that is required in most criminal cases.

Arenas's formal sentencing is Friday. He has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA.

In a scathing 61-page memo, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh wrote that his office is seeking jail time primarily because Arenas initially provided inconsistent stories about why he had the guns in the locker room and that he never showed any remorse for his actions.

"The defendant's conduct since the time of the incident establishes that he has shown little genuine remorse for anything other than how this incident may affect his career," Kavanaugh wrote.

"If any other individual without fame, power and the wealth of this defendant, brought four firearms into the District for the purpose of a similar confrontation," the prosecutor wrote, "the government would seek their incarceration and the court would almost certainly give it."

Arenas pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to ask for more than six months in jail. He has been free pending sentencing.

Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin is not bound by the plea agreement -- a fact he emphasized in court in January -- and could sentence Arenas to anywhere from probation to a maximum five years in jail. The former all-star was released after agreeing to surrender his passport and not possess any handguns.

The charges stem from the now-infamous incident in the Wizards' locker room at Verizon Center on Dec. 21. At the hearing in January, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Kavanaugh filled in some of the details of the confrontation between Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton, without mentioning Crittenton by name.

On Dec. 19, the team flew on a chartered flight to the Washington area from Phoenix. Arenas and Crittenton got into an argument over a card game. Crittenton suggested a fistfight. But Arenas said he was too old to fight and instead said he would burn Crittenton's vehicle or shoot him in the face. Crittenton then told Arenas he would "shoot the [expletive]" out of Arenas and shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee. Arenas later told Wizards employees that he was joking about the threats.

On Dec. 21, at about 9:30 a.m., Arenas arrived at Verizon Center for practice. He came into the locker room wearing a black backpack with a silver Smith & Wesson .500 magnum revolver inside. He then placed four guns on the chair directly in front of Crittenton's locker. Arenas wrote "PICK 1" on a piece of paper and placed it on Crittenton's chair near the guns. Arenas said he also was joking about that.

When Crittenton saw the guns, he said, "What is this?"

Arenas told Crittenton, "You said you were going to shoot me, so pick one." Crittenton said he did not need Arenas's guns because he had his own. Crittenton picked up one of the guns from the chair and threw it across the locker room. Crittenton then displayed his own silver-colored, semiautomatic handgun, the prosecutor said.

After the incident, Arenas collected the guns, placed them inside his locker and then put them in a suitcase. He gave the suitcase to another Wizards teammate and told him to take it take it to Arenas's car in the garage. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that the teammate knew what was inside the suitcase.

When the unnamed teammate went to the garage, he did not know which vehicle belonged to Arenas. So the player left the suitcase in the garage. Minutes later, Wizards management learned about the incident and met with Arenas. He admitted he brought the guns from his home in Virginia into Washington. He also told management that Crittenton had a gun.

Wizards management then told security guards to grab the suitcase and remove it from Verizon Center. Arenas led a member of the security staff to the garage and pointed out the suitcase. The security officer then took the guns back to Virginia.

On Dec. 24, attorneys for the Wizards and Arenas told the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District about the incident. Authorities then seized the four guns from Arenas's house in Virginia, including the .500 magnum; a .50-caliber gold-plated semiautomatic Desert Eagle with a magazine; a .45-caliber, black semiautomatic Kimber Eclipse with a magazine; and a 9mm Browning with a magazine.

Crittenton pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Jan. 25 to a misdemeanor gun possession charge. He was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation.

-- Keith L. Alexander

(This post has been updated from the original to include more information from the memo.)


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By Washington Post editors  |  March 23, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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Comments

Wow! 3-months over being immature and stupid.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not sports players are role models. This is a very light sentence considereing what could have happened. I wish they would make more of an example of Arenas. He's really just a thug that got a chance to put on an NBA uniform.Hope he'll never be allowed to play pro sports again!

Posted by: lsf07 | March 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

He's really just a thug that got a chance to put on an NBA uniform.Hope he'll never be allowed to play pro sports again!

Posted by: lsf07

So much for your hopes. I guess you have never done anything wrong.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 23, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If this was some normal dude living in anacostia instead of a celeb athlete in mclean, he would be getting years...not months.

All you gilbert apologists, you really have to think clearly and agree 100% with my above statement.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | March 23, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert had better pray and hope that 3 months is all that he gets, take it, serve his time and call it a day. His actions, after the incident has burned him more than anything. Notice, Crittendon did not do or say a thing the whole time and look how easy he got off. I don't want to see Gilbert go to jail at all but it looks like jail time is definitely a probablity. With that being said, three months and maybe 45 day served with time off for good behavior.

Posted by: ivyleague | March 23, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

90 day jail sentence just to prove a point? Hunh? And my tax dollars have to pay for a judge feeling as if he needs to make a point?

WOW!

Posted by: dcis1 | March 23, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Arenas should get any harsher sentance than Crittenden. Arenas did not threaten anyone with his guns. Crittenden did, however, threaten to shoot Arenas. That to me is much more serious than driving four guns from VA into DC and then trying to take them back.

Posted by: CowboyGirl1 | March 23, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze the audacity of US DA for the District of Columbia. Gilbert may have violated NBA rules; but it is blatantly unconstitutional to forbid a man from transporting any number of firearms in a gym bag that may have been in the cargo area of his vehicle. These guns were legally obtained; Gilbert used to be a non-felon before pleading guilty.
At least Gil will be able with his big bucks to have this charge stricken from his record once the District is ordered to by the SCOTUS to become a shall carry federal enclave. Stupid idiotic DC council and moronic US attorney preventing a super star from protecting himself and violating his second amendment rights.

Gil; once the legal sentencing is over, once the NBA violations have been resolved, once DC fails again at regulating the second amendment right to keep and BEAR arms; use your cash for a worthwhile cause-appeal this conviction all the way to the federal system and teach these morons (DC council and prosecutors)that they cannot stifle your rights as an American citizen; and then file a civil lawsuit and reap even more millions.

Posted by: civilrightist | March 23, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

damn Gil! 3 months in dc jail hellhole.
keep your head up slim! you can walk that down in no time.

Posted by: nivla | March 23, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

If this was some normal dude living in anacostia instead of a celeb athlete in mclean, he would be getting years...not months.

All you gilbert apologists, you really have to think clearly and agree 100% with my above statement.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com

I take it that you mean "a normal dude living in Anacostia" with 4 LOADED GUNS, because I have yet to hear Gilbert had any loaded guns or had bullets with him. All I heard was the guns were unloaded and being used as a prank.

Sure the prank was stupid, but using your "normal dude" scenario, that "normal dude in Anacostia" would shoot and kill you over $20. What you wish on Gilbert, after he already lost millions of $$$ this year, something that "normal dude" wouldn't lose, but you want his penalty to be equal to murdering somebody over $20.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Once again the system attempts to emasculate another person of color. Worst case scenario Arenas should be given probation, community service, and possibly a fine, albiet he has already lost millions in salary and endorsements. Let Arenas be. The whole scenario was a bad joke gone terribly wrong. Poor judgement and pranksterism does not warrant jail time. Let my people go!!!!!

Posted by: crunk1 | March 23, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

First I want to offer my condolences to the Arenas family. I'm very sorry to hear about you losing your mom. I know that's a tough (very tough) pill to swallow.

Second, This was definately some dumb @$$ s*** to pull... your a freakin millionaire!!! and you have game (when your on) you have/had a sexy @$$ girlfriend, beautiful home...

ARE YOU FREAKIN CRAZY!!!?????? YOU SMOKE CRACK??? ANSWER ME DAMMIT!!! DO U SMOKE CRACK!!!!??? IF U DO, DON'T WASTE YOUR WITH THE SLOW PROCESS, JUMP EXPEDICIOUSLY!!!!!!!

Posted by: scoopluv8 | March 23, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He needs more than three months, there is no excuse for this non sense and besides the amount of money they are paying him should have him thinking twice about doing little things like this. Gilbert is a grown ass man with kids, stop treating him like a kid...we are sick of him in DC, always an excuse but never an excuse for kids on the street.

Posted by: shadon1 | March 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse


For the folks who think Arenas should get no jail time, good luck if you're charged with the same offense and think you'll spend no time in jail. WTF?


Posted by: hessone | March 23, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

wow!

Posted by: scoopluv8 | March 23, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Like it or not sports players are role models. This is a very light sentence considereing what could have happened. I wish they would make more of an example of Arenas. He's really just a thug that got a chance to put on an NBA uniform.Hope he'll never be allowed to play pro sports again!

Posted by: lsf07"

Oh shut it up...you and all of DC Gilbert haters jumping on a bandwagon they know nothing about.

Gilbert is truly a troubled guy and playing basketball isn't one of his problems. He is a gift in that regard. But you failed to read the article of his estranged relationship with mom...and mothers are usually the ones who gives children the best part of growing up to be mature...unfortunately.

Fathers are king of the jungle, dog eats dog, do whatever it takes mentality...and not speaking for ALL fathers, but generally, if your son/daughter is being raised to play pro sports, the child has seen some VERY underhanded things in his/her lifetime before they make the pros.

It takes a certain base of individuals to keep pro players from being tainted by the press, entourages, peer pressure and various outside sources that don't interfere with the average persons meager lifestyle...work and back, work and back, work and back...

The level of intensity up there is NOTHING you've evern experience or will. So can it.

Gilbert did the best under the circumstances and sometimes the best way to grow up is learn from your mistakes. You had to do the same thing so why are you and so many other Washingtonians so hard on him? Is it the MONEY?

If so, MONEY DOESN'T MAKE YOU A ROLE MODEL!!!!!!!!

How many players in the NBA sitting on the bench do you expect to be a role model for your kids? Not one!

But let them be a mega star! All of a sudden they should walk in Jesus' footsteps. PLEASE!

Go somewhere with that "Let's Smear Gilbert" campaign you hypocrite. Set a model for someone in YOUR life. Don't worry about his.

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

damn Gil! 3 months in dc jail hellhole.
keep your head up slim! you can walk that down in no time.

Posted by: nivla
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Is walk down in no time slang for early release?

Posted by: hessone | March 23, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Arenas isn't a thug. An idiot maybe but definitely not a thug, not everyone (minority) who collects guns is a gangsta. Hae ever even met him?

Posted by: Jase21 | March 23, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse


cbmuzik

Hey Gilbert lover. What a loser bringing an unloaded gun anywhere. If he has to draw his gun and use it does he say, "bang-bang you're dead" and the person with the loaded gun falls and plays dead. It's moron thinking my man. Peace out!

Posted by: hessone | March 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Isf07 You sound crazy, how much stuff should you be locked up for or fired over what COULD have happened. He made a mistake, he needs to take his punishment and move on!!!!!!!

Posted by: ta101 | March 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Why does this post not contain either the words "loaded" or "unloaded?"

One or the other should be in there. Pretty important to know if the guns were loaded or unloaded to really know if it was a joke.

Posted by: CrabHands | March 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Gil's knee will be even better when he gets out of jail. He will sport a new tatoo and be a more mature PG. I wonder if I can get a new Zero jersey for 5 bucks.

Posted by: jercha | March 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Of course he will be allowed to continue his NBA career. He would be allowed to continue in most careers that don't require a background clearance. There are many convictions in the NBA as there are in your workplace and mine. Not only will he play again, it will likely be for the Wizards next season.

Posted by: dcshaky | March 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is soooo stoooopid.

Posted by: bbachrac | March 23, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Three months is no where near enough time for Arenas. Especially when you consider that he has a prior gun conviction. Judge Morin should impose at least a six month sentence. If Arenas was someone other than a famous athlete who hired a former U.S. Attorney as his defense counsel, he would be facing serious time behind bars. Good for the prosecutor for seeking jail time, I just hope the judge has the courage to incarcerate Arenas.

Posted by: outcast | March 23, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Gil is an idoit and deserves sometime in jail if the average DC resident was caught with several unlicensed handguns which is a felony they would be doing 5 yrs per count.

Posted by: agarnett1000 | March 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If any other individual without fame, power and the wealth of this defendant, brought four firearms into the District for the purpose of a similar confrontation," the prosecutor wrote, "the government would seek their incarceration and the court would almost certainly give it."


With the exception of members of congress and or their aids. They just get their weapons taken from them at the security check point.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Immature & stupid? Bringing guns into the workplace is quite a ways beyond.

Posted by: shanks1 | March 23, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't be retarded lsf07. The law doesn't sentence based on what "could have happened." A murder charge gets 25 to life, where attempted murder gets 15 years, so the law doesn't even always sentence based on intent. He should not be sentenced more severly because he is famous either. Don't ask the law to punish convicted role models simply because you can't get your kids to listen to you. The max sentence is 5 years, and although you call him a "thug," he has no criminal past, so a light sentence seems just to me.

Posted by: wisdom80 | March 23, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes, punish the wealthy black athlete harshly so the rest of us can feel better about the justice system and about not being a wealthy athlete. In three months GA will still be a wealthy athlete. We need to stop thinking we can cure the country's ill by locking up black athletes. Meanwhile big Ben has two separate rape allegations from two different women and no one cares. O.J Simpson is in jail, let it go already.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

love the guy though, and it's unfair for anyone to call him a gangster without actually knowing the man. And for the dude who was talking about a normal guy in Anacostia in the same situation would have LOADED GUNS and kill someone over 20 bucks!!! First off, what a racist, ignorant thing to ever say. That's not even the point dumbass... The point is that a normal dude in Anacostia in the EXACT SAME situation would've gotten a couple of years at the least, even if they were unloaded. Preferential treatment for our celebrities should be expected. This is America people!!!

Posted by: bbachrac | March 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

lsf07

Gilbert hopes you stay a poor, non NBA ball playing blogger who makes less in a year than he makes a game. Lets see who gets their wish.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Loaded or not really doesn't make a difference. If you commit a robbery with your FINGER in your pocket and intimate that it's a weapon, you are charged as if it WAS a weapon. Anyway, who can say if it was loaded or not, besides Gilbert?

Posted by: shanks1 | March 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Is walk down in no time slang for early release?

Posted by: hessone

No its slang for being able to complete his sentence. Kind of obvious though. Damm even suburban white kids know that much slang. Go watch some videos on cable. Start with VH1 then when you are ready move on to BET.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not sports players are role models. This is a very light sentence considereing what could have happened. I wish they would make more of an example of Arenas. He's really just a thug that got a chance to put on an NBA uniform.Hope he'll never be allowed to play pro sports again!

Posted by: lsf07 | March 23, 2010 12:17 PM
____________________

Your an idiot... He will be in a Wizards jersey next year.

Something I've noticed... It seems everyone who sees a black man do something wrong that includes "Gun", we automatically say the word "Thug". Gilbert did something stupid, but what he did is subject to different laws in different states... unfortunately, he tried to play a prank in a place that has very very strict gun laws & now he is going to be punished plenty for his actions.

This is America & we give athlete's second chances all the time. Tyson did 3 years in jail, did he box again?? How about Ali?? some would consider him un-American/trader for his actions... How about Ron Artest, fighting with fans?? How about Stephen Jackson firing 5 shots in public??

I'm just saying, dude will be a Wizard or will play in the NBA next year, as his suspension/punishment by the league has already been given, there will be no further punishment with this conviction by the league. Only other possible problem he may have is if the Wizards try to void his contract... but he will play in the NBA in 2010-2011.

Posted by: tony325 | March 23, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not sports players are role models. This is a very light sentence considereing what could have happened. I wish they would make more of an example of Arenas. He's really just a thug that got a chance to put on an NBA uniform.Hope he'll never be allowed to play pro sports again!

Thanks Squeaky clean ,.........

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | March 23, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes, punish the wealthy black athlete harshly so the rest of us can feel better about the justice system and about not being a wealthy athlete. In three months GA will still be a wealthy athlete. We need to stop thinking we can cure the country's ill by locking up black athletes. Meanwhile big Ben has two separate rape allegations from two different women and no one cares. O.J Simpson is in jail, let it go already.
Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 3:23 PM

Im not saying their is no validity to what you're saying here, but don't you think this may have something to do with the fact that the majority of professional athletes, at least the good ones in the NFL, NBA and Tiger Woods, are black? So there's a reason why a lot of negative attention has been brought on to black athletes in the NBA and NFL and Tiger Woods, because they are in the majority or in Tiger Wood's case, the only worthwhile golfer to watch. So I don't think it's all a race thing, but maybe more of a numbers thing. Besides, Roethlisberger is not on the same par as Arenas and certainly not Woods in his sport, the NFL is in its offseason right now, and rape allegations are almost always BS when brought against a rich celebrity.

On another note, he did something wrong and should be punished for it...We'd all be saying the same thing if he was white and committed the same offense. You really think this sentencing is white people trying to get back at black people for their success and accomplishments?!?!

Posted by: bbachrac | March 23, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

A normal guy in Anacostia? Is that similar to a normal guy in Cleveland Park?

As a normal guy who lives in Anacostia, I don't have the access to high-powered attorneys. The same would apply for my white normal friends who live in Cleveland Park. If they didn't have the money, they would more than likely suffer the same sentence as this normal Anacostia guy.

What's the purpose of having the ability to hire big time attorneys and don't - just to appear "normal."

Posted by: dcis1 | March 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Arenas - should receive a 20 year sentence - with no chance of parole.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | March 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I believe ANY jail time allows the Wizskins to get out of his contract, so if that is truly the case, I'm glad he got the 3 months. Let him rehab his knee, ego, and image on another team.

Posted by: keedrow | March 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Arenas - should receive a 20 year sentence - with no chance for parole.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | March 23, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

You said that already. What, are you looking for someone to argue with - with the dumbask statement you made?

Posted by: keedrow | March 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This country's justice system is bad as the third worlds. Wealthy and famous people can get away with murder. Do you think you and I would get only three months? Heck no, we'd get years like majority of the thugs that have committed this crime. What a joke....We would also be termiated from our employment and Agent whatever should be terminated from the NBA.

Posted by: mofares | March 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask you people something. How do you feel about the aid to the congressman Jim Webb, Philip Thompson from VA bringing guns into the capital, with amo? He got no jail time. How about the congresswoman who twice brought guns to the capital and all they did was confiscate them and returned them to her at a later time? Do those incidents bother you as much as it would if Gilbert got no jail time? From what I have gathered from most posters regarding guns and cases like this is this. Its all about who you are, famous vs non famous, rich vs not rich, minority vs white seems to influence how you feel about the same incident. I also notice from posters that when the subject is guns and involves a white person posters usually want to argue about 2nd amendment rights to bare arms more than criminal behavior, when its the same subject and involves a black male the argument is about criminal behavior and taking responsibility for their actions. 2nd amendment is hardly ever mentioned as a point. Why is that? Why is Gilbert a thug but Jim Webbs aid isnt for doing basically the same thing?

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It was justa couple of overpaid jerks playing who's is bigger. In this case it could have been settled on youtube. Take his guns away and not allow him to ever own one again. Fine him big but jail won't serve any purpose. Let him spend his community service working with inner city kids at the boys and girls clubs and try again to be a role model.

Posted by: msjn1 | March 23, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Typical elitist punishment. If he were a common person he would be in jail for much longer and his job would be gone. The rich get richer and the sports jocks get dumber.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | March 23, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Although I do not like to watch thugs for my entertainment, we need to remember that the DC gun law was declared unconstitutional. No one got shot and apparently only Crittenton got threatening. Thus, it is not clear what penalty is appropriate for simply possession of firearms when the law does not punish possession.

Posted by: Dale202 | March 23, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

bbachrac

Your argument is used by posters to justify why they think blacks are more criminal than others. They go google the statistics showing that there are more blacks in jail to justify their statements with no regards to the fact that if blacks are targeted for criminal behavior more than others there are going to be more of them arrested, in court, found guilty and ultimately in jail as a result. But they use the old ends justifies the means to support their way of thinking. And Tiger Woods proves my point more than yours. He plays in a sport dominated by whites, him being the exception and its no way you can say none of those guys never cheated on their wives. John Daily is a multiple cheater and a drunk. Nick Faldo has been married five times. I would not be surprised to find that the golfer that introduced Elin to Tiger may have cheated on his wife with Elin when she was their nanny. That may be why he made sure they met so she would be out of his business. These guys have been around long before Tiger and were very famous and you never know their business. Then again, with todays media and public thirst for scandals in famous peoples private lives how would guys like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle would have role models for kids today? There would be no candy bar named after the Babe. The media drives our lust for scandal and punishment. You think even Michael Jordan could have gotten away with his behavior in the 90's today? His pop was killed over his gambling debts. He was suspended by the league but was presented as a year long retirement. Today, you would not have had to assassinate the Kennedys, you could have impeached JFK for dating a mob bosses girl and cheating on his wife along with his brother. Joe DiMaggio would have had his name dragged through the mud during the investigation. Today the more famous you are the more the media concentrates on your mistakes, then sells the story over and over to us for profit. In return we eat it up and judge the famous people on their mistakes and demand they be cut down to size and put in their place to make us feel like they are treated no different than us. And if they are famous and black we are even more passionate about our feelings towards their actions. Think about this, Tommy Lee beat Pamela Anderson up several times. We all knew about it and did not care and he did not face anywhere near the scrutiny as Chris Brown did for hitting Rianna. Lee went on a music tour, Brown is still on a nationwide apology tour two years later.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Typical elitist punishment. If he were a common person he would be in jail for much longer and his job would be gone. The rich get richer and the sports jocks get dumber.

Posted by: OhBrother67

No typical elitist is not being arrested at all. Or you never knowing about the incident. Famous is different than elitist. Famous is the NFL baller who gets suspended for suspicion of DUI. Elitist is the judge who gets stopped by the cops drunk and not charged for anything. Famous is Martha Stewart getting six months for insider trading. Elitist is using political clout to starting a war with another country and then awarding no bid contracts to the company you have financial interest in that provides services to the military and not having to answer for it. Elitist is shooting a man in the face on a hunting trip and the incident never gets investigated. Know the difference between famous and elitist. Gilbert is famous.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Just take and cut the damn Things balls off. It'll calm right down. Plus that way it can't reproduce.

Posted by: PercyKution | March 23, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Only 3 months, you got to be kidding. you got to be. The common thug gets years.

I see being a celebrity still have perks

Posted by: K2007 | March 23, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

FREE GILBERT

Posted by: crisco00786 | March 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I see the justice system is still willing to send the wrong message for celebrties and giving others the status quo.


Why not get caught with a gun if you only get 3 months, if ur special

Posted by: K2007 | March 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I see the justice system is still willing to send the wrong message and giving the average citizen the status quo.


Why not get caught with a gun if you only get 3 months, if ur special

Posted by: K2007 | March 23, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

mofares

Sorry mac, speak for yourself, from what I have seen, every famous black athlete on this side of O.J.Simpson is paying for his not guilty verdict. They all get punished for the one that got away. Famous black athletes get punished more than regular people just to prove a point. How many people you know served two years for dogfighting? How many people you know get three years for shooting themselves with a gun that they were not arrested for at the time of the incident. Had it been a regular guy the cops would have simply said serves him right the dumb SOB. Do you really think they would have followed up on some nobody who shot himself in a club and no one knew about it until the security reported it later after they were long gone? How about this one, Big Ben has two rape allegations against him, no arrest, no indictments, which right now is fair. But, Kobe Bryant gets accused of the same thing and guess what? Arrest, indictment lawsuit and this from a case where the accuser who had slept with two other men in the same weekend. Black athletes always pay for their transgressions these days, even if they haven't done anything. Ray Lewis faced murder charges for being in the area when a brawl broke out resulting in two guys getting stabbed. Even after over 10 witnesses gave statements that he was not involved they still indicted him. Why? Because O.J. Simpson beat the rap. Unless you are a black male you cant imagine. Try this, if you are in the DC area imagine three white guys on U st standing around talking in front of an ally and undercover cops speed up on them, jump out, make them get against the wall and search their pockets. Then are charged with anything illicit they have in their pockets. How often does that happen to white guys? Happens to black guys every time the DCPD calls for a crime sweep. Doesnt happen on U st or Adams Morgan, even though all the people are leaving bars roudy drunk and high.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

K2007

I am tired of white guys who never get accused of anything complaining about why some black guys dont get more punishment. Go google Jim Webb and guns and tell me more about how Gilbert gets a break and the regular guy gets the status quo. The black guy never gets a break. What do white guys know about status quo? Most of you use your family connections to never even see a court room when you screw up. You just get your family lawyer to cut a deal and you get probation and community service. And you arent famous.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I wish him well and hope he returns to the team.

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | March 23, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

@Isf07....STFU!! Arenas a THUG???? R U kidding??? He's an athlete...and you sound like you got a little hate in your blood!!You sound ridiculous....you know nothing about the man...other than he makes more money than you ever will!! Get over it!! It was a bad joke and yes he does deserve to be punished....give him probation and move on!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | March 23, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Arenas in an immature idiot, but 3 months jail time for bringing an unloaded gun to a locker room, that's way too much.

"61 page scathing memo...?" Don't these prosecutors have anything useful to do?

Give him 500 hours cleaning latrines or something.

Posted by: glynnjp1 | March 23, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I kind of feel bad that Gilbert may have to go to prison for this, since he never actually shot anybody. But a couple of days ago he told somebody in the press that he owns a couple of hundred guns. Precisely how does that square with his story that he brought four guns to the Verizon Center to keep them away from his kids? I don't think he's a killer, but he's obviously nuts.

Posted by: clocker58 | March 23, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Being a role model doesn't mean you should get prosecuted on what 'could' have happened. Justice doesn't know you can dunk, nothing actually happened, there isn't any reason he should be in prison over this BS.

Posted by: Dremit97 | March 23, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Gilbert is a criminal, and I think that, based on the facts of the case alone (it was tough guy b.s. but nobody got shot), he shouldn't be sent to prison, but look at what the prosecutor says, "If any other individual without fame, power and the wealth of this defendant, brought four firearms into the District for the purpose of a similar confrontation,the government would seek their incarceration and the court would almost certainly give it."
The NBA should study that statement very carefully. And it should make sure everybody in the NBA reads it and understands it. You may a very good basketball player, but you're still a human being and a citizen of the United States of America. Act like it.

Posted by: clocker58 | March 23, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

This is nuts! Arenas obviously showed insanely poor judgement and immaturity, and his very nature led to his subsequent cavalier attitude and finger-pointing incident. However, nobody disputes the fact that this whole incident was a joke gone bad. Yes, he should be punished severely. But jail time?? Did he kill anyone with his car while driving drunk? Was he found guilty of obstructing justice in a double homicide investigation? Again, a firm position should be set by the courts, and I believe multiple years of probation and hundreds of hours of community service would surely send a strong message to every pro player. Combine that with the loss of pay for the whole year, and even voiding that ridiculous contract without protracted litigation is more than enough punishment in this particular case.

Posted by: PhiliR | March 23, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

So, how much jail time for the Police Officer who flashed his gun at the snowball fight?

America: different 'justice' for different castes.

Posted by: 12008N1 | March 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

G-Man11 - Arenas should get three months for being stupid bringing in unloaded guns to a potential fight. I suppose Crittenton's was loaded...

Posted by: dcdoug | March 24, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

3 months is a light sentence for the offense. Too bad the contract will make it hard for the team to move him. He's never been a winner, anyone can score big by hogging the ball and jacking up shots every game. Never a team player, as evidenced by his behavior. Jamison, Butler and Haywood are thanking their stars for not being around this idiot anymore.

Posted by: skylinesva | March 24, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

And as a side note, what kind of idiot picks up a strange weapon and throws it across a room?

Posted by: BarryNewton | March 24, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Also, their entire argument could have been settled much more quickly and easily if somebody had just been there in the locker room with a measuring tape.

Posted by: BarryNewton | March 24, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Your links need fixing. I clicked on a link in the afternoon update email of March 24 expecting the link to take me to this story
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Posted by: meltee | March 24, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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