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Arenas gun story kicks off 2010


You could make a decent argument that 2009 was one of the worst years for D.C. sports in the past two decades. Yes, the Caps were fantastic, but the Redskins had one of their most embarrassing seasons in modern history, the Nats had their second straight 100-loss season, the Wizards consistently flailed about, D.C. United missed the MLS playoffs, the biggest stars like Clinton Portis, Gilbert Arenas and Chris Cooley all had significant injuries,Terps football crashed and burned, and no local basketball team made it to the NCAA's second weekend.

But the New Year is all about starting over. Fresh slate, and all that. For one day, at least, you can hope that things will improve.

Well, this year, that hope lasted approximately one hour and 44 minutes. That's how long it took before Yahoo! Sports published the following update to the Gilbert Arenas gun story:

An NBA investigation into Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas'(notes) possession of guns inside the team's locker room has been linked to a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton(notes), multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports. The league's ongoing probe hopes to determine whether Arenas had accessed any of his unloaded firearms while engaged in the dispute prior to a team practice at the Verizon Center on Dec. 21 in Washington. Tensions between Arenas and Crittenton escalated because of a festering disagreement between the two players, sources said.

That's bad. An hour later, The New York Post made it a whole lot worse.

NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washing ton Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team's locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute over a gambling debt, The Post has learned. League sources say the pistol-packing point guards had heaters at the ready inside the Verizon Center, the Washington, DC, home of the Wizards -- whose name was changed from the Bullets over gun-violence concerns. It was the three- time all-star Arenas, 27, who went for his gun first, sources said, drawing on the 22-year-old Crittenton, who quickly brandished a firearm as well.

Bear in mind, we were still less than three hours into the fresh-slate New Year's Day period of D.C. sports hope and optimism. I mean, is it really too much to ask for one stinking day of optimism? (Bear also in mind that these two accounts differ wildly in the dramatics, with the tabloid account a whole lot more dramatic. So caution is probably recommended.)

Still, the heck of it all is that Gilbert Arenas had provided his first burst of old-school Agent Zero-ness in weeks by beginning to Tweet on New Year's Eve, despite his pledge to wait until he had one million followers. (He has about 10,000.) He showed much promise, too:

i know i said i wouldnt text til i get a mil..but [man] this is takin 4ever...Happy New Years...ps who do i hav 2 sleep with 2 get a mil....if one more person ask me where the club is..im gonna cry..becuz im stuck at hm with 3 kids..and a girlfriend who still looks pregnant lmao....yea i guess ur right men with kids party a diff way on new years...it usually starts and ends with the (jergens natural lotion) bottle

And so on and so forth.

Anyhow, this all made me think back to possibly my favorite Gilbert blog post of all time, from two years ago, when he discussed how to approach a new year. The NBA seems to have deleted much of his blog from its Web site, but luckily I excerpted part of it back then.

You have to write down everything whether you are happy or not. Just if you were happy or not, that's it. Write down if it was a full day of happiness, a half day of happiness or if you were just sad and something happened to mess up your day. You just write it down every day....

I'm just saying, it let's you know how many days you was actually happy in that month. So if you get 25 out of 30 days happy in that month, you're doing good. Even 20 days out of 30, that's pretty good. It lets you know that you're doing OK. If you're at 15 and 15, you need to reevaluate yo' life. If you're happy every other day, that ain't too good....

I want to try something different. I want to be happy. I'm going to start with 20 days a month, and if that's too easy I'll go for 25. I want to get my grown-man on and I want to be happy.

I think it's a great life philosophy. But I think we're all starting off 2010 with an 0-for-1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 1, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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Comments

Unbelievable!
Ted's gonna have his hands full with this mess.

Posted by: Max231 | January 1, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Judging by the way they've been shooting on the court, was anybody really in danger?

Posted by: abias | January 1, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

*rimshot*

Posted by: AtomicOvermind | January 1, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

why is there a Fox organ behind every barely sourced story?

(Pistol gate and the reports of Os offer for Holliday being the latest ... )

Posted by: minnyspinny | January 1, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It's high time for Grunfeld to get rid of Arenas and Crittenton, not next week, not at the end of the season, but IMMEDIATELY!!

This type of thuggery can not be tolerated! This is totally unacceptable behavior and must not be tolerated!

Get them out of here NOW!!!

Posted by: john24 | January 1, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Crittendon had to pull out a gat as his first weapon (a sign) just wasn't cutting it.

Posted by: Section117 | January 1, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

anytime you can have a shoot first, turnover-prone, free-throw missing, ball dominant, gun toting point guard make sure you give him the biggest contract possible so he becomes untradeable. Nice job Ernie Grunfeld!

Posted by: chmick50 | January 1, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

So the Wizards have four years left of a max contract with a knucklehead with a bum knee who plays no D and can't get off the ground most of the time. Even if they didn't play Wyatt Earp, what kind of bonehead move is it to bring guns to the locker room?

Posted by: Delle | January 1, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

So the Wizards have four years left of a max contract with a knucklehead with a bum knee who plays no D and can't get off the ground most of the time. Even if they didn't play Wyatt Earp, what kind of bonehead move is it to bring guns to the locker room?

Posted by: Delle | January 1, 2010 11:59 AM

If this story turns out to be true, they could void his contract quite easily.

Posted by: kevin_22879 | January 1, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Even though I miss him, I'm glad Abe isn't around to see this...

Posted by: B_A_ | January 1, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The NBA is just a thug league celebrated by rap stars. It stopped being worth following once Jordan, Bird, Magic, and that crew of stars retired. Thank God for the Caps.

Get rid of Arenas immediately, the most overrated basketball player of this entire generation. Two good seasons is all he has produced. He's a weirdo, a thug, an idiot, and almost a murderer.

Posted by: Section104 | January 1, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Some Punks and Thugs give the whole NBA a bad rep. Arenas is a D-Bag.

Posted by: zosodave | January 1, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, can't imagine what his girlfriend is going to think when she reads his comments on Twitter. Women just love when you say things like "still looks pregnant".

Posted by: chombie13 | January 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I always thought G.A. was a dope; this confirms it. The NBA has lost its soul. Taking away classic teams like the Sonics and fostering a workplace where employees think it is okay to bring guns to work (whether or not they were drawn)....Not to mention refs on the take. Wont be long until our once great sport becomes the WWE.

David Stern: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Posted by: mccoco2000 | January 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we witnessed, what most of these over paid sport players. We got paid just enough to feed our family (not the feed my family by Sprewel).
They get paid what $112 million? for playing ball. We made this unbalanced pay system by adoring them and treating them like heroes.

We are all condemned.

Posted by: dc4teams | January 1, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Where are those losers who posted on previous articles that they need guns to protect themselves because they make so much money.

Arenas is a lying peice of cr@p as said he brought the gun in because he didn't need at home with his daughter there.

Posted by: bal503 | January 1, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

NY Post? YahooSports? The WashTimes staff has an excuse for not scooping this; where was the Wash Post on this story?

Really - YahooSports?

Posted by: jhorstma | January 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

So maybe we need to change the team's name back to the Washington Bullets, huh? This ridiculous behavior should not be tolerated!

Posted by: slbraga | January 1, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Kinda surprised at all the negativity over something that we don't know all the facts to yet.

Posted by: TheBigN | January 1, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

NY Post? YahooSports? The WashTimes staff has an excuse for not scooping this; where was the Wash Post on this story?

Really - YahooSports?

Posted by: jhorstma | January 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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Half the stories are scooped by yahoosports. They hired a well-connected veteran NBA writer (Adrian Wojo...?). Look at trade rumors and the like. They all come through yahoosports.

Posted by: Urnesto | January 1, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is black humor, but wouldn't it have been perversely amusing to have read this headline last week: NBA Players Kill Each Other in Locker Room in Dispute Over Poker Debt

Posted by: randysbailin | January 2, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Not funny!

Posted by: Theone9 | January 2, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

This is about the most ridiculous series of events I've witnessed in all my years of being a fan of the NBA.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | January 2, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheBigN
Kinda surprised at all the negativity over something that we don't know all the facts to yet.
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Stop being in denial. This is a major problem in society today and your passive attitude is part of the problem.Arenas must be dismissed and charged with this crime like you and I. MOST of the time these stories pan out.

Posted by: hessone | January 2, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Trakker wrote:
This is the new America, an armed America.
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Guns have been part of America for quit some time I believe. Your "new America" won't have guns. Why don't people think about what they write before posting. You my friend lost all credibility with your comments!

Posted by: hessone | January 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

well, all of us are individuals with their own stories and family backgrounds.

but seeing people draw pistols on each other as adults over a bar bet is not something that I have seen that frequently :-)

Arenas is a bum. Physically he is not what he was 2-3 years ago, but more importantly he is a nut case whose eccentric behavior has this team on the ropes.

If he goes down this team goes down with him for the long-count, because of that $111M contract that hangs around the neck like an albatross.

Abe Pollin's decision to make Grunfeld resign Arenas and Jamison without argument put this team in much the same tenuous position that JKC did when he decided to leave the Redskins in limbo with an 'estate control board' and sell the team at public auction.

The result there was Trent Green moving on to St. Louis because Charlie Casserly couldn't offer him a new contract during the sale phase and this doomed the Redskins at qb for the next 6-8 years.

Posted by: leopard09 | January 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan.. you left out a small piece of information... you on somebodies payroll?

"The Washington Wizards never told the NBA that two of its players drew guns on each other in a locker-room dispute over a gambling debt, sources said yesterday.

It was only after The Post's inquiries more than a week after the Dec. 21 incident that league officials found out about the unprecedented alleged armed standoff between All-Star Gilbert Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton inside the Verizon Center in DC.

That stunning gun duel now threatens to end the Wizard careers of not only the two point guards -- who stand to lose millions of dollars in pay -- but also of general manager Ernie Grunfeld, a former star Knicks player and president.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/nba_team_hSzEijqYqD45gZL2B78TsK#ixzz0beri9nQ9

Posted by: horace1 | January 4, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Lies are the new facts in today's world. "Gilbert Arenas and his Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other" is what Peter Vecsey reported to the world as fact. And now thousands if not millions of people have heard it and believe it. It does not matter that countless follow up reports by numerous media outlets have "clarified" that neither Arenas nor Crittenton drew guns on each other. The initial story is what got the most attention, and by now, the damage is done.

Peter Vecsey, in his eagerness to be the first to break what would be a major story, recklessly reported a fabrication about Arenas that has absolutely destroyed the reputation of an otherwise good person. If someone should lose their job over this incident, it should not be Arenas nor Crittenton...it should be Vecsey. But not in the world we live in where there is simply no accountability for members of the media. But if you want to give Vecsey a piece of your mind, here's his email address: peter.vecsey@nypost.com

As for Sharpton, John Feinstein, and the rest of the anti-gun lobby--it is beyond pathetic that they would attempt to further their political agenda by trying to make an example out of Arenas. None of these folks have any idea yet whether a crime was committed, whether the guns were legal or loaded, or what exactly happened that day in the locker room-- and yet here we have knee-jerk reactions from a few political hacks calling for the NBA to throw the book at someone before we even know the facts about what happened. Again, it's beyond pathetic.

Last but not least, why is Al Sharpton even quoted anymore in the press these days? One would think that comments like "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house" and referring to Jews as "diamond merchants" and saying of Mitt Romney "as for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him" would be more than reason enough to cut this guy's mic off years ago--let alone his many efforts in inciting riots--but apparently not.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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