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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 01/14/2010

Arenas charged in gun case

By Washington Post editors

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside home or business, a felony. Stay with the Post for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | January 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Ron_Man | January 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

put the smug thug in jail

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 14, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Free Gil!

Posted by: fushezzi | January 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

yet somehow crittenton, the one who pointed a LOADED gun at arenas, hasn't even been suspended?

Posted by: brian71490 | January 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To void his contract, does he have to be *convicted* of a felony, or only charged with one?

Posted by: yatesc1 | January 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You must admit it's nice how law enforcement takes care of the easy meaningless cases. More wasted tax payer’s money.

Posted by: askgees | January 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It is a trumped-up charge he can beat. The illegal carrying was tangential to the misconduct of having pistols in the locker room, the team's private property.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'm pleased to hear he has been booked. His irresponsibility knows no bounds, but... isn't the Wizards's locker room Arenas's "place of business"?

Posted by: nric | January 14, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Only chance of voiding his contract would be a conviction, upheld on appeal, the process for which would take about 3 years. And good luck trying to get a D.C. jury to send Arenas to jail.

Posted by: kjm1971 | January 14, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean he is going to become Inmate Zero?

Posted by: Aerowaz | January 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Book 'em Dano!

Posted by: AWWNats | January 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

You must admit it's nice how law enforcement takes care of the easy meaningless cases. More wasted tax payer’s money.

Posted by: askgees
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You haven't been listening!!! The authorities may have just saved this city $80 million!

Posted by: Dan4 | January 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This will be plead down to lesser charge... you know how the system works

Posted by: tony325 | January 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm no defense lawyer, but isn't the Verizon Center his place of business?

Posted by: whoisdavidfisher | January 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

yet somehow crittenton, the one who pointed a LOADED gun at arenas, hasn't even been suspended?

Posted by: brian71490 | January 14, 2010 4:14 PM

Crittenton has not admitted to breaking league rules - Arenas did. Also, Crittenton has not publicly made light of the situation, Arenas did. The league has nothing but an investigation to go on with Crittenton - like Delonte West - so they have to follow police action.

Gilbert's big mouth actually got him suspended earlier than the other two - though in the long run his admission and plea could get him back in basketball faster than Crittenton and West.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Funny that we haven't heard from the NRA or John Ensign on this.

Posted by: word2thewyz | January 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Sad. A young cat that was completely emotionally unprepared to be the "franchise." Commits an exceeding dumb act and has pretty much given the prosecution a slam-dunk(pun intended) case through his own confession. Well, looks like his contract is in serious jeopardy if they don't knock the charge down.

Posted by: Donald8 | January 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It is a trumped-up charge he can beat. The illegal carrying was tangential to the misconduct of having pistols in the locker room, the team's private property.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse


Personally, I'm pleased to hear he has been booked. His irresponsibility knows no bounds, but... isn't the Wizards's locker room Arenas's "place of business"?

Posted by: nric | January 14, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse


He's not going to be protected by the fact that he had the pistols at the Verizon Center - a private property/place of business - because he was expressly and contractually forbidden to have the guns there.

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Only chance of voiding his contract would be a conviction, upheld on appeal, the process for which would take about 3 years. And good luck trying to get a D.C. jury to send Arenas to jail.

Posted by: kjm1971

Why wouldnt a D.C Jury convict him? Are you referring to the fact that people love Gil in D.C for all his Charitable works within the city? Or are you stating that d.c citizens are soft on crime? Or could you mean a majority black population would not convict Gilbert???

Posted by: davefromdc1 | January 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

You know people really get themselves worked up when someone carries a concealed weapon,but it's not likely the Mr. Areanas was going to rob a 7-11, or roll a wino for his beer money,but one thing is for sure that even though he may of been carrying a weapon for self protection from who or what ever the reason when you pack a hog leg like the cowboys of the West someone will no doubt want to see who's the fastest draw and thats why I like Arizona as a citizen you can still holster a sidearm as long as you keep in plain view and if you have to draw like in Tombstone theres plenty of room still in " BOOT HILL. So as John Wayne would say: " Fill your hand PILGRIM ! "

Posted by: whitecloudbia | January 14, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

You idiots - the center is within 1000 feet of a school and that, alone, is enough to convict him. You bring a gun within 1000 feet of any school and you are done.

Say goodnight Arenas - or rather say Hello to "Bruno" - your cell mate for the next 2 years or so - maybe Arenas and Plaxico Burriss can be cell mates - both idiots who threw away careers so they can be BIG men in town.

Posted by: BostonBuckeye | January 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

These ignorant athletes. They got money and that's ALL they got. All that money and no class. A ruggish thuggish bone who can command no respect lest it be a the end of a barrel. Trash. Trash. Let me spell it out: T.R.A.S.H. TRASH! Flashy TRASH!

Posted by: jpjrsf | January 14, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic,

The pistols did not vanish from the Arenas household and appear in Gilbert's locker through an act of magic. They were transported in some manner and it is likely that Arenas admitted to bringing the pistols from his home.

Please note that in a legal proceeding, tangential does not imply inconsequential as you seem to believe.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | January 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for the mothers of some of the people posting comments on here. You people are really going places in life.

As for Arenas, he's not going to spend one day in prison over this. So please, those delusional ignorant fools who keep saying otherwise, just get a clue.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Baretta says........

If you can't do the time....then don't do the crime.

He must be treated as any other who is caught in DC with a handgun. No exceptions. Everyone knows you don't bring weapons into the city. Use your freakin fist double zero.

Posted by: darrenkj | January 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"Funny that we haven't heard from the NRA or John Ensign on this."

What so funny about this? You anti-gun or something or implying that the NRA is racially motivated? Stupid on all counts is what you are. The NRA protects the rights of Americans to have guns not break the law with them.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Funny that we haven't heard from the NRA or John Ensign on this."

What so funny about this? You anti-gun or something or implying that the NRA is racially motivated? Stupid on all counts is what you are. The NRA protects the rights of Americans to have guns not break the law with them.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 14, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

To answer your question, it is not a place of business he has a license for. (he does not own the Verizon Center). Also, the NBA prohibits players from carrying firearms at NBA venues and events, a rule Arenas clearly broke. Cherry on top, he is being charged a felony for carrying a weapon without proper licensing.

I'm no defense lawyer, but isn't the Verizon Center his place of business?

Posted by: whoisdavidfisher | January 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ron_Man | January 14, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

ooops...sorry for the double post.

He is in talks to avoid jail time, but if the plead falls through there is no way anybody can say with certainty that he won't. Most people were also saying he would not be charged with a felony and he has. The laws in DC are both very clear and very strict. When you add in that the guns were unregistered and he has a previous gun charge in CA, it is not beyond the realm of possibilities that he sees a few weeks to a couple of months in jail especially if his plea falls through.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

What goes around comes around. Typical of Washington. Weren't the Wizards team name once, and for many years, the Bullets? Hey, maybe a version of the Jackie Gleason Show and Laff-In will come back too.

Posted by: IowaLad | January 14, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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