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Posted at 7:11 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Update: Gilbert Arenas blasts Laura Govan during radio interview

By The Reliable Source

Gilbert Arenas, 2010. (Mark Gail/TWP)

You already knew the breakup of Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan was ugly. But the NBA star took it up a notch in a live radio interview Thursday, blasting his ex-fiancee for trying to "destroy" him.

Govan claimed in December that Arenas had abandoned her and their three children. The drama intensified last week when we reported confidential notes (which her lawyers said were inadvertently made public in a court docket) revealing more of her grievances and claims of his profligate spending.

People facing expensive court battles usually keep quiet, but the former Wizard was awfully chatty in his call into our colleague Mike Wise's 106.7 FM radio show.

It's all lies, Arenas claimed -- except the bit about what Govan said he spends on his legendary shark tank. Yes, it's really five grand a month: "I'd rather spend $5,000 on my fish than have a drinking problem." The sharks, he claimed, have died, because of "somebody throwing pennies in the fish tank." No names.

Otherwise, he accused Govan of overhyping his finances. "If you look back at the last couple breakups of any NBA athlete... it's a format they all go by to get more child support money... This is not 'Basketball Wives.'... These girls got to stop living a fantasy world." As for him: "You make bad choices as an adult, and we pick the wrong woman sometime." Ouch. Govan did not reply by press time.

Read earlier: Confidential document reveals details of Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan's life together

Read more excerpts from Arenas on Wise's show -- the basketball stuff, not the breakup stuff:
D.C. Sports Bog: Gilbert Arenas was like Denzel Washington, and his sharks are dead, and he expects to be booed

By The Reliable Source  | February 3, 2011; 7:11 PM ET
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