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Posted at 3:57 PM ET, 01/ 6/2010

NBA suspends Arenas indefinitely

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:
NBA Commissioner David Stern has issued a statement on Gilbert Arenas. You can find it here at Wizards Insider.


The NBA web site reports that Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely, without pay.

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
 
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SHOOT! There goes the season....lol ...minimum one year would be a good start!

Posted by: fide | January 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The players' union will file a grievance and he will later be reinstated with backpay. Nothing really changes, but the NBA looks decisive for having taken action. Only the Wizards as a team get dinged by this course of action.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | January 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I think that there is a real possibility that Arenas is mentally ill. A smart attorney would get him into an institution right away.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This is racism, racism I SAY!!

Posted by: cr10 | January 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

good bye Gilbert nice knowing ya

Posted by: donaldtaylor | January 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I do think there has to be a consequence for bringing guns to the locker room. But the context is important, too. If you believe that he was storing them so as to not be around his children, they were unloaded, no ammo, etc., then the punishment does not end up having to be out-sized. He should eventually be allowed to play basketball. Even if I got fired from college for some reason, I could still work at another college. I don't want to see the NBA make it so that he can't do what he does for a living. But, there does need a consequence that fits the "crime."

Posted by: erick99 | January 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This should be enough for the Wiz to void the remainder of Gils contract. The remaining 80 mil will be put to good use. Dear Uncle Teddy; I hear this LeBron James kid may be looking for a home at the end of the season.

Posted by: wiz_fan | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It is indeed unfortunate that the NBA is faster to impose justice than our justice system. What would have happeded, and how fast do you think it would have happened if two janitors in the Verizon building committd the same felony!!
They would have been arrested and not given the privildege of delay via prerpared statements through lawyers. Justice must be blind and swift.

Posted by: DesertOne | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see what happens. I believe that "bringing guns to work" is specifically included in the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that is agree to and signed by the owners and the players' association. I don't know that the PA is willing to stand-up to this one since they agreed to add the language to the CBA. Mr. Arenas might lawyer-up but I think a court would find it difficult to overrule the CBA. I think Arenas is in for a rude surprise. Here is Article 6, section 9:

"a) Whenever a player is physically present at a facility or venue owned, operated, or being used by a Team, the NBA, or any League-related entity, and whenever a player is traveling on any NBA-related business, whether on behalf of the player’s Team, the NBA, or any League-related entity, such player shall not possess a firearm of any kind. For purposes of the foregoing, “a facility or venue” includes, but is not limited to: an arena; a practice facility; a Team or League office or facility; an All-Star or NBA Playoff venue; and the site of a promotional or charitable appearance.

(b) Any violation of Section 9(a) above shall be considered conduct prejudicial to the NBA under Article 35(d) of the NBA Constitution and By-Laws, and shall therefore subject the player to discipline by the NBA in accordance with such Article."

Here's the link:
http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-VI.php#section9


Posted by: saintex | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance! Let's hope whoever they sign to fill his roster spot can play defense (without armed assistance) and play more than two weeks at a time without pulling up lame.

Posted by: Cossackathon | January 6, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Gil brought this on himself... Last nights little dance routine certainly didn't help his case. I hope this helps make him a better person in the long run.. It certainly will make him less wealthy, or at worst a convicted criminal.

Posted by: bigceedee | January 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I like Gilbert, but he has to be the biggest moron on the face of the earth. First he has previously has issues with firearms. Did he learn his lesson...NO. Secondly while he is being investigated, Gilbert shows his lack of remorse and makes fun of the situation during pre-game.
Who thinks it is ok to bring firearms into the workplace? Worse is the fact these firearms don't have proper registration or license.
So far Gilbert hasn't shown he has one brain cell in his often injured body.

Posted by: Boogadiggy | January 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. He's got the mentality of a 5 year old.

Posted by: getitritegov | January 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I dont care about the suspension. He can play for all I care.

Void the contract so we can start building a team here folks!

Look at the big picture. Gil ain't been in the equation for quite some time.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | January 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Had he been any average black man in this city busted for having an illegal gun, he would be in the DC jail right now, and everyone knows it. That is EXACTLY where he should be, even if it is for a few hours until he posts bail. How in the heck can the DC police say they are cracking down on illegal guns and not arrest him? He admitted to having the gun. Seems simple to me. Lock him up, then throw the bum out of the city for good once he does his time.

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | January 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Woodbridge45, VOID THE CONTRACT! This may be your only chance to get out of the worst contracts in professional sports.

Posted by: Boogadiggy | January 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

He's getting what he deserves - the asinine move before last night's game was the cherry on top. A shame.

Posted by: gjtache | January 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

this was a good move...

the NBA is rife with thugs who can't control their emotions and who feel that their position in life gives them special privileges. there's no excuse to reward their bad behavior.

actually, you can say just about the same for all other professional sports.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | January 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gilbert say Hello to Plaxico Burress will you?
When will sports celebs learn they are just not above the law? Anyone else would have been in jail already.

Posted by: mikefward | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm listening to some of you people talk about "justice" etc,etc,..Does anybody here really believe Gilbert is violent and wasn't joking? Seriously? What would Abe say? Abe would be ashamed at Washington. He loved Gilbert and nobody gave more to the kids and community than Gilbert Arenas. The guy has always been a smiling, giggling, joking nice guy. Period!!

For Stern to listen to sportstalk radio idiots and determine that Gilbert isn't serious enough therefore must be fined is crazy. What do folks want...TEARS? Does Gilbert have to go on Oprah? David Stern is a joke. Read Sterns comment. Because Gilbert is smiling and not giving up much information the Commish has deemed him remorseful. Wow!!! Whatever happen to due process and innocent until proven guilty?

Shame on you Washingtonpost Posters. What would Abe say? I ask you that....he knew Gilbert and now the Wiz look like Texas Tech. A team trying to save money and using some false morality issues as the reason. Abe would NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS!!!!

Posted by: kentonsmith | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"Void the contract so we can start building a team here folks!"

I hope so.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow -
Tiger is too big for his family, Portis is too big for his team and now Gilbert is TOO BIG for the whole NBA!

I don't need all sports stars to be role models but I expect some common sense and respect for others. Being silly when you are also being a superstar seems better than being stupid when you are no longer one. All three of these guys may be lost causes but I hope some of the other superstars start to pay attention.

What a drag for Antawn, Caron and Brendan who have towed the line waiting for the final piece (even if the piece was not loaded)

Posted by: bkuebler | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This guy has tons of money. Why the heck doesn't he just build a safe room in his house - a totally locked, safe area - where he can store his guns? Instead of using the dumb excuse that he wants to keep them from his kids. I know a couple of people in the DC area - with far less money than Arenas, regular people like you and me - who hunt and who have built safe rooms to store their rifles and ammo and to reload the shells in a place inaccessible to their kids. Then he can have people over and bring them into the safe room and show them his firearms. Parenthood requires sacrifices. Perhaps he needs to get with the program and take responsibility for storing his firearms safely so his kids are safe...or getting rid of them entirely.

Posted by: huntysmom | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Well - getting suspended will probably save Gilbert from a season-ending injury.

Posted by: h2izcool1 | January 7, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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