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Posted at 3:56 PM ET, 03/26/2010

No jail for Gilbert Arenas

By Washington Post editors

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas to two years probation, sparing the basketball player a jail term.

Arenas will serve two years probation to begin with 30 days in a halfway house.

For more on the story visit Crime Scene.

By Washington Post editors  | March 26, 2010; 3:56 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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Okay, it's time for Ted Leonsis to schedule those video games with Agent Zero. No guns.

Posted by: angelos_peter | March 26, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

r u serious?

Posted by: K2007 | March 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Finally a judge who avoids all the noise in making his decision. Based on the facts and what his records states this is the right sentence. Let the haters hate.

Posted by: RickJohnson621 | March 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Great news!

Posted by: terpwiz | March 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Will the judge apologize to him to? The best sentence would be season tix to the Wizards.

Posted by: smc635 | March 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

That is BS....!!!! Gilbert you ruined this team and I want my season ticket money back now!

Posted by: abryant15 | March 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank GOD! This was the right move by the judge Gilbert is harmless and good for the community.

Posted by: wootenm1 | March 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

once again it pays to be a celebrity

Posted by: fedssocr | March 26, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

1 month in a halfway house, 400 hrs of community service, and small fine.

Not giving him jail was the right thing to do!

Posted by: berou | March 26, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Great news for Arenas who hopefully will use his community service hours to educate young people about the dangers of guns. If he was an average person, I'm sure he would have gotten some jail time especially considering his prior gun conviction.

Not so good news for the Wiz who are now stuck with his $80M contract and likely no takers. Hopefully, Ted will be able to sit down with Arenas and figure out what makes him tick. Hopefully, getting rid of Grunfeld and Flip will be part of the house cleaning when Leonsis closes on the purchase of the rest of the majority stake in WSE.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

1 month in a halfway house, 400 hrs of community service, and small fine.

Not giving him jail was the right thing to do!

Posted by: berou | March 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. Did the judge ask for his autograph too?

Posted by: harrelsonw | March 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A JOKE! DC IS A JOKE! If you or I were to walk in to a place with a gun, we'd be sentenced to years in jail. THIS IS REDICULIOUS AND EMBARASSING TO THE CITY OF DC!

Posted by: Toochilled | March 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

BRAVO! The action was not worthy of a jail sentence! There was never any malicious intent to harm anyone. This sentence is just and hopefully he'll be back in a Wizards uniform next year, because let's face it; we turn into the New York Knicks for the last 10 years without him.

Posted by: DarkWater | March 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Okay. Now he's officially a convicted felon -- convicted of bringing guns into the locker room and brandishing them at teammates. Still pending: the issue of whether Arena broke league rules prohibiting gun in the locker room.

With this conviction, can now say it's time for the Wizards to void the joker's contract... and the league to hand down its own justice... perhaps something along the lines of a prohibition on playing anywhere in the league next season too?

Posted by: Vic1 | March 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Big surprise - who saw this coming?

Posted by: rikkirat | March 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas to two years probation, sparing the basketball player a jail term.

Arenas marked the decision by first thanking Jesus Christ, then inviting friends over for a alcohol-and-drug-induced suaree, featuring target practice at his backyard shooting range.

Posted by: glazer68 | March 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Finally a judge who avoids all the noise in making his decision. Based on the facts and what his records states this is the right sentence. Let the haters hate.

Posted by: RickJohnson621 | March 26, 2010 4:06 PM

I totally agree.

Posted by: gophercrow | March 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

A very fair sentence. Obviously Gilbert has built up enough credits in life to get a lenient sentence.

Posted by: dominic10464 | March 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This is the right sentence. Gil is no criminal. He just got carried away. This judge has some sense.

Posted by: Danbauchi1 | March 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

If some of you haters would go and read the letters and articles given to the judge on Arenas' behalf, you will see why the judge was lenient.

Posted by: oakiedokie | March 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This is the right sentence. Gil is no criminal. He just got carried away. This judge has some sense.

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Carried away? I believe that's what Marge Schott said about Hitler.

Posted by: glazer68 | March 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Another witness the rich and famous are treated better than the average Joe...

Posted by: nojunk4me | March 26, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe in his time off Arenas can learn how to defend somebody and play team basketball...doubtful though.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | March 26, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Gil the Enigma

"Chose" DC over Golden State by flipping a coin ten times.

Owns "4 or 500 guns" (but its ok; it was from a collector, not a gun nut)(huh?)

Wore a "Zero" due to a slight from years ago, now changing with his age and experience.

Gives THOUSANDS of dollars to local schools based upon how many points he puts up; gets all the Acme Elemntary Schools to love him for those big checks;

Loses THOUSANDS of kid fans (and their parents) for playing Cowboys and Indians at work, then, inexplicably, playing Wild Bill before a game. And cameras. And a team that said "Purty please don't publish those."

Gil the Enigma. Had it all; through most of it away. Just like all of us.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | March 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Is the halfway house the Verizon Center?

Cause, you know, the Wizards are a halfway team...

Posted by: nojunk4me | March 26, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least now I know I can carry 4 guns around with me in DC and not go to jail...

Whatdafug...I can't do that???

Oh...I get it...only celebrity dopes can pull crap like that and get off with zero jail time.

Now I know why he's call Agent Zero.

Posted by: howjensen | March 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why people are claiming that him being famous helped him out.

Did it help Plaxico Burress when he was arrested?

Did it help Michael Vick when he was arrested?

Both of those guys got harsher sentences because of the celebrity status. No normal Joe would have Michael Bloomberg hold press conferences about their case.

Posted by: dominic10464 | March 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vic1 | March 26, 2010 4:11 PM

I see you bring your ignorance to other places besides RI. Per the bargaining agreement it will be difficult for the wiz to void his contract. Under the agreement players cannot be punished twice for the same offense. His season long suspension constituted his punishment in the eyes of the league already. The fact that he did not receive any jail time is not going to help the wiz's lawyers. Its the same reason why the Warriors werent able to void Sprewell's cntract when he choked out PJ.

Justice has been served. He lost a lot of money and was villified for what turned out to be a victimless crime. Gil is far more helpful to the community now than he would be after serving a meaningless jail sentence that would have had him out in time to play next season. Congrats to the judge for using common sense.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 26, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? I got two years for having a BB Gun with a piece of watermelon bubble gum in the barrel.

Posted by: knjon353 | March 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope those 400 hours of community service don't involve exposing this wretched "role model" to children.

And, yes, it is time for the Wiz to void Zero's contract....zero more dollars for Zero a.k.a. Six.

One more thought on no jail time: I predict Zero will violate his probation in some way(s) and may well wind up in jail at that time.

Posted by: BlanketyBlank | March 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This was the right decison. It's not about him being famous, it's about letting the punishment fit the crime. Granted, he was really stupid, but we all know he was not a danger to Crit or any other person that day. It was a prank gone horribly stupid.

Posted by: fincham420 | March 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. I hope the first thing Ted Leonsis does when he buys the Wizards is ship this clown off to the Clippers, and let him rot the rest of his career away out there.

Posted by: DoomKing | March 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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