Crittenton plea creates more contradictions
One of the most absurd parts of the never-ending Gilbert Gunz stories is the utter refusal of any accounts of the incident to match up. I mean, the Internet age demands some basic understanding of truth so that we can then move on to the noisy pontificating and fear-mongering. How the heck are we supposed to form an opinion when every day brings another contradiction?
Monday's contradiction was a doozy, or a series of doozies, as Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge, leading to yet another government Proffer of Facts with yet another account of the incident. And so, the latest batch of contradictions:
Crittenton Proffer: The government said on Monday that after Arenas declined a fistfight, he threatened to shoot Crittenton in the face, prompting Crittenton to threaten a shot to the knee. "On the shuttle bus from the airplane to the terminal [after the argument], Arenas further stated that he was going to burn or blow up Crittenton's car when they came to practice the following Monday," prosecutors wrote. Crittenton signed this document and acknowledged it to be true and correct.
Arenas Proffer: The government's Proffer in the Arenas case said that the fight began "on that flight," and that "in the heated exchange" Gilbert said he would "burn" Crittenton's car or shoot him in the face, and that Crittenton responded by threatening to shoot Gilbert in the knee.
Difference: Did the car-bomb threat occur on the plane or in the shuttle bus? Did it precede or come after Crittenton's own threats of violence?
Crittenton Proffer: "According to Crittenton, before he left his home in Virginia for practice [on Dec. 21], Crittenton had placed a lawfully owned, unloaded handgun into his backpack because he believed that Arenas would carry out his threat to shoot him that day."
Difference: That seems to contradict itself. He actually believed his teammate was going to shoot him with a handgun, and his course of action was to pack an unloaded weapon? What could that possibly accomplish other than prompting more violence?
Crittenton Proffer: "Crittenton initially proceeded to the Wizards' locker room but, fearing that Arenas would blow up his car or attempt to shoot him, Crittenton returned to his vehicle to retrieve his backpack, which contained the handgun."
Crittenton lawyer statement: "Mr. Crittenton brought a lawfully owned, unloaded handgun into Washington, DC only because he legitimately feared for his life."
Wizards Insider, two weeks later: "If anyone wondered if [Arenas and Crittenton] are seriously beefing, you only had to look at them in the second quarter when they seen laughing and joking with one another during a timeout. 'We were friends before. We're friends now. We don't have no problem,' Arenas said after the game."
Difference: Within two weeks, Crittenton went from "legitimately" fearing for his life from Gilbert to laughing and joking with him on the bench during a timeout?
Crittenton Proffer: Inside the locker room, Gilbert placed the guns and note on Crittenton's chair. Crittenton then "told him to get the guns off his chair, picking up one of the firearms by its extended clip and tossing it along the floor away from his chair....Crittenton took his handgun out of his backpack and, without pointing it at anyone, showed it to Arenas, holding it below his waist pointed downward. There is no evidence that Crittenton's firearm was loaded when he pulled it out of his backpack or that Crittenton ever loaded the firearm with ammunition. There also is no evidence that Crittenton ever chambered a round, pulled back the hammer, raised or pointed his firearm, or otherwise brandished the firearm in a threatening manner at any time during this incident."
Mike Wise A1 story: "As other teammates laughed, Crittenton crumpled up the [note], tossed one of Arenas's guns across the room, where it bounced in front of a team trainer, and said he didn't need any of Arenas's firearms because he had his own, according to the [two] witness accounts. Crittenton then drew his weapon, loaded it and chambered a round, the witnesses said. Neither witness said the gun was ever pointed at Arenas, but both said Crittenton began singing as he held the gun."
Crittenton lawyer statement: "The government's proffer of facts...acknowledges that his handgun was not loaded."
New York Post story: NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washington 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....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."
Differences: History has not been kind to the New York Post's account. Meantime, Wise and the Proffer agree that the Crittenton weapon was never pointed at anyone, but the loaded/unloaded question remains a mystery. The lawyer claims the government acknowledges the weapon was not loaded, but the government only says "there is no evidence" the weapon was loaded. That's not the same thing.
Crittenton Proffer: "According to Crittenton, Arenas responded by stating, 'You are going to need more than that little gun.' After deciding that Arenas did not intend to shoot Crittenton at that time, Crittenton placed his firearm back in his backpack and went from the locker room to the trainer's room."
Wise story: "Arenas began laughing, the witnesses said, telling Crittenton, 'Look at that little shiny gun,' as two other players slowly retreated to the training room. Arenas eventually followed. By the time the players came back out, Crittenton was gone."
Ken Berger CBSSports.com blog: "One source told CBSSports.com that the players present - Randy Foye, Mike Miller, and DeShawn Stevenson - ran out of the locker room when the guns came out. As you might imagine, nobody in his right mind is going to stick around to find out if the guns are loaded."
Differences: Were there two other teammates present, as Wise wrote, or three, as Berger wrote? Did they run out of the room, or slowly retreat? Did they go to the trainer's room, which is directly adjacent to the locker room? If so, did Crittenton--who had so recently believed his life in danger--really follow them, as the government claims, or was he "gone," as Wise reported?
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