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Posted at 1:18 PM ET, 01/25/2010

Wizards' Crittenton pleads guilty to gun charge

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton has pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor gun possession charge stemming from his locker room confrontation with Gilbert Arenas at the Verizon Center last month.

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Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton was charged Monday with unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to carry a pistol without a license, both misdemeanors.

Sources say Crittenton is working on a plea agreement to drop the felony and plead to one of the misdemeanors.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  | Tags:  Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton, gun charges, guns, wizards  
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What a shame.

Put both of them in jail. PLEASE! PLEASE.

We got to send a STRONG message to these LOWLIFES.

Posted by: K2007 | January 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Unlawful possession of a firearm? If he doesn't have any previous felonies, then how can he be in unlawful possession of a firearm when the Second Amendment and Heller case syas he has a right to keep and bear arms?

Posted by: lorddunsmore | January 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This would've been okay when the team was called the Washington BULLETS. Let's hope the NRA sends lawyers to help these unfortunate ballplayers that are being unjustly persecuted.

Posted by: tatashady | January 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I understand "unlawful possession of a firearm" meaning he shouldn't have had the gun (i.e., unregistered or unlicensed), but isn't the second charge, "attempting to carry a pistol without a license" redundant?

That said, how is it that Mr. Crittenton is charged with two offenses but Mr. Arenas, who appears to have started the incident, bringing in four weapons and (in a bad joke) displayed them, telling Mr. Crittenton to "pick one".

It seems to me, as a layman, that what Mr. Arenas did was the worse of the two crimes, but Mr. Crittenton is being being charged with more offenses. I would hate to think that it's because Mr. Arenas is, to everyone, "Gil...and everyone knows Gils jokes around."

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charged with , a misdemeanor.

Posted by: Dungarees | January 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

wrong as usual dunsmore, get the facts straight before you 'shoot' your mouth off...

Posted by: tindal0s | January 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If Larry Bird and Kevin McHale had done the same thing they would've been "just a couple of good old boys" showing off their toys like real men. These aren't a couple of hood rats with guns-they are MILLIONAIRE basketball stars. They are considerably less threatening than a middle-aged caucasian postal worker.

Posted by: tatashady | January 25, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If we are to believe the reports from multiple sources, then Gil had four unloaded weapons. Crittendon on the other hand, only had one weapon. But not only was it loaded, he chambered. what Arenas did was certainly stupid, but Crittendon's act was much more dangerous.

Posted by: Tempy_McJobhunt | January 25, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I think we should think out of the box now and use this to our advantage. First, rename the team the "Bullets." Second, play up the gangster image. Go Bullets Go!

Posted by: johng1 | January 25, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, doesn't it make you say hhhuuuummmm.! Two Wizard players charged with gun possession. First, I would like to know if Crittenton's gun charge took place at his place of employment or was he stopped and searched, and a weapon was found in the vehicle. Though, I don't know why one would allow their vehicle to be searched without probable cause, especially if you know you have a weapon in the vehicle. At any rate, I find it odd that two Wizard players found the need to carry a gun. Perhaps someone has been threatening the players, thus causing them to arm themselve for protection. I think, before we jump to conclusions, more information is needed and perhaps an investigation is worthy for these star atheletes. Remember, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Posted by: abigstaff | January 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

A scabbard is NOT weapon. Put a sword in it and it becomes a weapon.
An unloaded gun is NOT weapon. Put bullets in it and it becomes a weapon. I think
the Government makes up rules on the fly.
Whatever it thinks at the time becomes LAW to them.
It has to be proven that an unloaded gun is a weapon. How can it be a weapon anymore than can of beans is?

Posted by: zenzender | January 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Too many of you watch lawyer shows on the idiot box. The Supremes held that the 2nd Amendment allows the right to bear arms in your home, not in the locker room!!!

Posted by: ajlerner1 | January 25, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

zenzender wrote: ..."An unloaded gun is NOT weapon. Put bullets in it and it becomes a weapon.... How can it be a weapon anymore than can of beans is?"

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An unloaded weapon is IN FACT and BY LAW described as a "weapon". Why? Because the showing of a gun in the act of committing a crime, whether unloaded or not, constitutes that criminal act can and usually is raised to a 3rd degree felony. It does not matter to the person(s) being accosted at gunpoint that the gun may or may not be loaded. All they see is a pistol or firearm pointed at them, threatening them with bodily harm or death, in order to perpetrate a crime.

For that matter, ANY object raised in a threatening manner may be construed as a weapon, including a "can of beans". And I will press charges against anyone who bullies me in this fashion, and I will attest to it being a 3rd degree felony, and see that the perpetrator is locked up for a good long time.

Posted by: swatkins1 | January 25, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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