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Gilbert signs autographs entering courthouse


The horde of photographers pauses, the lawyer reaches inside his suit for a pen, and then Gilbert Arenas autographs a young girl's neon pink backpack as he's entering the D.C. courthouse to be sentenced for his gun charge. Seems about right.

UPDATES

Gilbert gets two years supervised probation, 30 days in a halfway house, 400 hours of community service and must donate $5,000 to a victim's of violence fund. (Via @CraigStouffer)

Arenas' attorney said Gilbert and Javaris Crittenton have been in contact often since both pleaded guilty, and that Gilbert gave Crittenton $30K for the latter's mom's neck surgery. (Via @MikeJonesSports)

Gilbert to the judge, in regards to his finga gunz stunt: "I like to make people to laugh. I like to make people smile." (Via Washington City Paper)

From WTOP's Mark Segraves:

"You have demonstrated genuine remorse and you're basically a good person," [D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin] told Arenas.

Before his sentencing, Arenas cried to the judge and apologized for the incident.

"I am very sorry. Every day I wake up, I wish it didn't happen. I thought by lying, I could protect those I consider family by taking a fall. I know it wasn't right. What I did that day was stupid."

From NBC Washington:

[Arenas] said he thought by lying about it he could protect his family and teammate. He apologized to teammate Javaris Crittenton's family, the Pollin family, the Wizards and the city of Washington.

"What I did was stupid and irresponsible," Arenas said. "I am sorry again I put everybody through this."

"The fact that you are a good person doesn't diminish your wrong doing, and additional punishment must be imparted," Morin told Arenas. (Via @CSNWashington)


Wizards statement:
"We believe today's sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months. Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community. We are confident that he has learned something significant from the experience and we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve."

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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Comments

If this man goes to jail, I will consider it a failure of the justice system.


Posted by: ogdennash | March 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Amen, ogdennash. It is a complete waste of valuable resources that the feds have devoted so much towards prosecuting this good man. He has no history of violence, no one got hurt, and these were unloaded guns. The bottom line is he has already paid more dearly than anyone in the history of this country who faced the same charge. $57,000,000 in lost earnings. Think about that for a second, as the people who demand the judge throw the book at him continue with their absurdness.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Gilbert rocks. He's definitely someone I admire.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | March 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the video. Agree with Dan...wow, that does seem about right.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Two years probation... no jail

Posted by: Kev29 | March 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Good for Gil. No reason he should have received a harsher legal penalty than Crittendon.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 26, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Thankfully the judge looked at Arenas the man. The feds wasted everybody's time and money hounding this guy--he's one of the good guys in sports. I look forward to seeing him back on the court.

Posted by: stopunionpoliticalabuse | March 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

He's a GREAT guy and his behavior would be encouraged in any other place of work! Damn the man!!

Posted by: MarylanDChris | March 26, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

He's not a good guy. The whole orchestrating a cover up certainly changed that. Sure hes goofy, but he's not a good guy

Posted by: JDP_ | March 26, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh that Gilbert Arenas, what a terrible human being: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/29/AR2007102901892.html

Oh man that Agent Zero, what a selfish criminal: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/sep/07/20050907-095333-1122r/

Oh that damn Arenas kid, he's always up to no good: www.gilbertology.net/2007/03/20/gilbert-arenas-in-freddie-macs-hoops-for-the-homeless/

Oh boy we sure do need less guys like Gilbert Arenas in this world: www.zerotwoherofoundation.org/

Oh this Hibachi character sure does ruin a lot of people's lives: www.yourcause.com/gilbertarenas

Oh the world would be such a better place if only Gilbert Arenas were behind bars:
www.blackgivesback.com/2007/10/gilbert-arenas-scores-for-schools.html

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I would like to thank Judge Robert B. Morin for sticking up his middle figure at the prosecutors. Thank you Judge Morin for being the only one involved in this case who had some semblance of common sense.

The sad, pathetic, miserable, agenda-driven sobs who did everything in their power to have the book thrown at Arenas are all the laughing stock of the hour. Prosecutors who tried to have a feather in their cap victory over a famous ball player to help their careers. Columnists like John Feinstein and Mike Wilbon who used Arenas to further their anti-gun, anti-2nd Amendment agenda. The Wizards, who colossally failed at dealing with this issue properly from the very beginning and sold out their player before even the facts had all come in. Criminally irresponsible reporters like Peter Vecsey who reported lies regarding this incident at the outset and helped create the firestorm that soon followed. David Stern, who claimed he was not going to suspend Arenas until the legal process had been completed. The bigoted, vile, racist Al Sharpton, who mau-maued Stern into suspending Arenas, which led to the dismantling of this franchise and complete firesale of their best players in exchange for table scraps.

All of these people should be utterly ashamed of themselves. The judge showed you all his middle finger and you all deserved it.

Viva Agent Zero!

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

What is truly sickening is thinking about all the money and time and resources devoted to trying to lock up Arenas. If you really add it all up, we are talking MILLIONS of dollars wasted by our government in an attempt to lock up a man who committed a victimless crime, who has no history of violence, and who had already paid more dearly than anyone in history for this specific charge.

It's sickening. Hope the prosecutors realize there are better ways to further your career than victory in a headline-grabbing case.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! Did Gilbert's lawyer pull a sharpie out of his pocket? And how does 1 little girl manage to get through all of the photographers out front of the courthouse? And where was her parents? Was the little girl going to court?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

PublicEnemy1, Are you suggesting it was staged? Seriously, you might be the dumbest person alive.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Barno-- I'm with you generally, but I don't think Gilbert lost $57,000,000 in lost earnings. That's $57Million, right? That would be half of his 6 year contract.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 26, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

This is right for Gilbert, he dosen't deserve jail time but he does deserve soemthing for just being dumb. What I saw in the video was Gilbert, great with kids and other people and always doing kind things.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | March 26, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Urnesto, I'm using the figure in the defense attorney's pre -sentencing memo. It said $7 million in lost salary from the Wizards and $50 million in lost endorsements, much of that from Adidas but also Spalding and others. I am not sure what the exact amount is, I doubt anyone knows for sure, but it is certainly in the tens of millions.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Barno's annoying everyone aside, pretty great reading all this.

Eat a wang, prosecutors, Gil's a better person than you'll ever be

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | March 26, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is a loser.

Posted by: edr04 | March 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow Barno......you have to be related to this thug in some way. What other explanation is there for your ludicrous posts?

Posted by: Mark_Edwin | March 26, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

And yes you certainly can assume that little girl was used as a prop. I mean come on!

Posted by: Mark_Edwin | March 26, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! Are you effing kidding me?? That girl was a TOTAL plant!! Give us a freaking break, Mr. Attorney, what a stage act!!

Steinz, how about some investigative journalism to find out who that kid was...

Posted by: drewsie | March 27, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

For the record, I think that sentence was a little light, but still appropriate. He needed to be sent a message, but not crucified for his crime.

But the little girl??.....classic.

Posted by: drewsie | March 27, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

The only thing that needs Gil's signature now is a VOID of Contract. Flip needs to go. Bring in some fresh talent. Like J. Wall, D. Cousins, and Coach K. Possibly Calapari. q from pg

Posted by: qfrompg | March 27, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

When will this loser go away? I was sick of Arenas and his annoying stunts three years ago. Has he even played basketball this century?

I can't believe the only thing Comcast talks about is Arenas. He had two good NBA seasons and is a weirdo who thinks he's funny when he's actually just really awkward and lame. Oh, and he threatens teammates with four unregistered handguns. He should have been sent to jail for a year...now, the only message that kids get is "if you're rich, you can break the law."

Posted by: Section104 | March 27, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Ok, the above person just blatantly lied in his characterization of the Arenas gun incident. Neither the defense nor the prosecution nor the judge nor any witnesses nor anyone involved in the actual case ever claimed Arenas "threatened teammates with four unregistered handguns." That is a bald faced lie.

But would we expect anything less from a person who claims Arenas only had "two good NBA seasons"? What a moron.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

More on Mike Wilbon and how completely all over the place he has been on Arenas:

Jan. 17 Chat House

Fairfax, Va.: Call me crazy, but I truely believe Gilbert will be here next year. It appears obvious that both Flip and Ernie are gone after this year. Everything that happened is not their fault, but time to clean house. Next year, enter Leonsis (presumably) and you have a guy that is all about second chances. He got a second chance at life and seems to be a tremendous man who cares greatly about other people. He looks at Gilbert as a man who has made mistakes, and decides to try and guide him in the right direction. Thoughts?

Michael Wilbon: Gilbert Arenas will not be with the Washington basketball franchise next year. Will not. Period.

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"Reclamation projects can be successful, which means, no, I haven't ruled out the notion of Arenas playing for the Wizards again" -Mike Wilbon, today


Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse


Jan. 4 Chat House

"But one would hope that in the weeks after Abe Pollin's death the Wizards, particularly a franchise player handed a $111 million contract, would conduct themselves in a way that would make the late owner proud. This isn't the way. And now, the baby needs to go out with the bath water." -Mike Wilbon

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Jan. 13 column

"If some of these other jokers who avoided serious suspension or worse were worth our time, Arenas sure is. There is much too much intelligence and goodwill, skill and legitimate personality to, as folks used to say, just throw the baby out with the bath water. " -Mike Wilbon

Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Letz be real. The only one who can solve the crisis in DC is Roy Williams. Da cat knowz how to ball. q from pg.

Posted by: qfrompg | March 27, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Jan. 17

"First of all, if you're Leonsis you're trying to see that the Arenas contract, the $75 million that is still owed, is voided."

------------------------------------------------

Jan. 3

"If it is determined that there was [the threat of gun play], Arenas has to be suspended. Beyond that, smart team counsel would look seriously into trying to void what's left of Arenas's $111 million contract.

"...when the drama exceeds the productivity to this extreme, especially when we're talking about guns, Arenas has got to go."

----------------------------------------------

Today:

"How quickly we've moved from 'gun play in the locker room' to 'would we still want him if he's still got it?'"

AND

"Spending $40 million or more to buy him out isn't a good situation. And teams don't just have bags of cash sitting around marked 'buyout money.'

"The Wizards are going to have to put on a happy face while taking him back.

"Reclamation projects can be successful, which means, no, I haven't ruled out the notion of Arenas playing for the Wizards again."

Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

yea boyz. we are at critical mass in DC. obama should've spent time fixing the natinals instead of healthcare. obamanals. flip needs to be straight with the district. we aint no fools man. we can see through the smoke. gil is still da answer to the wiz'z problemz. we just need a world class coach like roy w., mike k., or paul h. this just in -- i heard paul h. didn't go to st. johnz cuz he saw through the smoke in DC too. he wants in. in fact, so does j. wall. CLEVELANDZ GONNA WIN THE TITLE! q from pg

Posted by: qfrompg | March 27, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert was averaging about 23 pts, 7 assists per game this year. Yes, the team wasn't playing well, but Gilbert was still getting back, and he was getting better and better each month.

Gil was averaging more than 25 pts per game in his last 15 games in December. This was a guy that was getting closer and closer to his former self when the incident happened. And the 7.2 assists per game was a career high for Arenas. That part of this story is being completely overlooked. They can dismiss it because the Wizards weren't playing well, but the fact is they had a history of playing well together since Jamison came here...and who knows what would have happened if they had gotten on a little role after the New Year? The last game Gil played in, the Wiz won on the road at Philly.

Look, I'm not saying this team was going to win the championship this year. But I do think the NBA, the Wizards, the media, and the prosecutors ALL overreacted in this case--and it was just great to see the judge put the brakes on ALL of this.

Viva Gilbert Arenas!

Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

That little girl with the autograph was clearly staged by Arena's lawyer and PR people. They are good.

Posted by: poguesmahone | March 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see a certain thread-hijacker has taken some time off from Terrapin Insider to ruin the blog over here.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 27, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Poop. How you been bro? Any stories from last weekend out in Spokane?

Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

wow gilbert is such a saint. autographing a little girls backpack. what the hell else was he going to do? he was about to face the judge on a felony charge.

Posted by: slim4 | March 29, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

He shouldn’t have gone to jail cause that’s just a waste of resources. He should however have been fined out the a55 for being so stupid. I mean like a cool $2M or something crazy like that; then give the money to some nonprofit that deals with children who are victims of gun violence. I'm no longer a fan of Gil, he is a shockingly immature clown who thinks playing with guns is cool and that’s just LAME.

Posted by: doesntmatter | March 29, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

He shouldn’t have gone to jail cause that’s just a waste of resources. He should however have been fined out the a55 for being so stupid. I mean like a cool $2M or something crazy like that; then give the money to some nonprofit that deals with children who are victims of gun violence. I'm no longer a fan of Gil, he is a shockingly immature clown who thinks playing with guns is cool and that’s just LAME.

Posted by: doesntmatter | March 29, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Um, $7 million of what he was supposed to have earned this year is going to charity.

Please get a clue.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 29, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"If any other individual — without the fame, power, and the wealth of this defendant — brought four firearms into Washington, D.C., for the purpose of a similar confrontation, fabricated a story to conceal that confrontation, provided convenient explanations in an attempt to mitigate his conduct that were proved false, joked about the incident to large groups, and stated that he did nothing wrong and felt no remorse, the government would seek their incarceration, and the Court would almost certainly give it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh wrote in asking for prison time.

Posted by: briffy | March 29, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

And with that, the judge had all the proof he needed that the fame of this defendant was indeed being used against him.

The prosecution has egg all over its face.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, Arenas is going to play again in the NBA, just not here. ... We're talking about a player who, after missing most of two seasons, was averaging 21 points and 7 assists per game. When the free agent dust settles by, oh, August of this summer, teams that have failed to execute a free agent makeover (while leading their fans to think just that would happen) will be increasingly interested in a 28-year-old guard who doesn't have the wear-and-tear of the last three years. The bet here is a half-dozen teams will wind up being interested in Arenas by mid-summer. And to facilitate that transition to a new team it might be in Arenas's best interest to let the team void his contract. Probably no team is going to want to take on the remaining chunk of his contract over four years. But at, say, $7 million a year, interest in Arenas would jump." -Mike Wilbon, Jan. 28

"He'll play in the NBA and average 20 points a game for somebody, who will pay him $70-some million over the next four years" -Mike Wilbon, 5 minutes ago

Wow, so in about a month's time, Arenas's stock has risen from $7 million a year to $17.5 million per year, according to Mike Wilbon. Wow, just wow.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 29, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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