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NBA suspends Gilbert Arenas indefinitely

NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas indefinitely, calling the three-time all-star "not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game." Arenas admitted to bringing four unloaded guns to Verizon Center, which violates D.C. gun laws and league rules that prohibit weapons in NBA facilities.

In a scathing statement, Stern condemned Arenas's behavior after it was revealed that he got into a dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton involving guns.

"The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident."

"Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA."

The Wizards supported the decision in a statement in which the team criticized Arenas's behavior and that of his teammates before playing the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. As the team prepared for the game, the players circled Arenas, who formed his fingers into pretend guns and acted as if he were shooting his teammates. His teammates laughed.

"We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert's recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable," the statement read. "Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert's behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin's leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so."

By Michael Lee  |  January 6, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
 
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La, la, la, la. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty clear that Gilbert made his bed last night with his ridiculous antics. If he had stayed true to his initial statement, the hammer would not have come down so quick or so strong. He was asking for it.

I'll be interested to see how the team responds tonight -- and how Flip responds with his rotation. Foye ought to start at the point guard, with Boykins and Mike James in relief.

Posted by: zinger1 | January 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I was actually going to start talking about how Gil might be good for some time after reading what the guy from the courts said about the case may take weeks. If Stern was going to wait that long then Gil could play for a long time but then the fool did all that stuff last night.

I bet his Lawyer tells him daily to shut up and Gil promises he wont do or say anything else then he quickly goes out and goes off. Foolish and now the Wolves are going to feed off of him. Im still a big fan of his though and I will root for him big time at his next stop

Posted by: dlts20 | January 6, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

HAYWOOD SNITCHED

Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

At least the fans in Philadelphia had the guts to do what the Wizard fans should have done.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you make up a stupid routine making fun of the whole situation. That silly routine is gonna cost Gilbert a lot of money. But cmon dude, storing unlicensed firearms at your place of work. In what (non-security) world is that anything but a bad idea?

What another wretched waste of a season without any injuries, salary concerns or coaches left to scapegoat. All I ask of the organization at this point is to keep Miller and McGee and only trade Blatche if the deal is really good.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh that Gilbert Arenas, what a terrible human being: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/29/AR2007102901892.html

Oh man that Agent Zero, what a selfish criminal: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/sep/07/20050907-095333-1122r/

Oh that damn Arenas kid, he's always up to no good: www.gilbertology.net/2007/03/20/gilbert-arenas-in-freddie-macs-hoops-for-the-homeless/

Oh boy we sure do need less guys like Gilbert Arenas in this world: www.zerotwoherofoundation.org/

Oh this Hibachi character sure does ruin a lot of people's lives: www.yourcause.com/gilbertarenas

Oh the world would be such a better place if only Gilbert Arenas were behind bars:
www.blackgivesback.com/2007/10/gilbert-arenas-scores-for-schools.html

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I would suspend the entire team indefinitely for its behavior Tuesday night.

Posted by: jethro1 | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Gil!!! Ernie WILL void that huge monster of a contract!!!! Hooray!!

Posted by: uasport1 | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What another wretched waste of a season without any injuries, salary concerns or coaches left to scapegoat. All I ask of the organization at this point is to keep Miller and McGee and only trade Blatche if the deal is really good.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM

do u even watch the Wiz?? LMAO

Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Gil think this is a joke after last night I'm no longer a fan of his please trade him thanks.

Posted by: niceguy99 | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to see a DC jury sending Arenas to jail in light of his celebrity, his personality, and the fact that the guns were not loaded -- a very significant fact. He did something very stupid and he will pay a great deal for it. However, it escapes me why Arenas should lose his career over this. He should be punished enough to learn his lesson (millions worth of punishment should be enough) and then reinstated after a reasonable period of time. However, that may still be the remainder of this season. Void his contract and move on.

Posted by: Edgemoor | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

great post Barno1!

Posted by: divi3 | January 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Rich, self-absorbed, arrogant idiots taking stupid chances with their livelihood. Don't know how good they got it. What would these characters do if they couldn't play basketball at a pro level?
Park cars at National Airport, drive a truck/bus, deal drugs, etc? What would the USA be like if everyone carried a firearm 24-7?

Posted by: uncivil | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Gil's a terrible human, and I don't think most fans think that. But he has been making some extraordinarily poor decisions lately.

Posted by: doogiex | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I say let him play. Just rip up that contract and start anew. His people sure did sucker Abe into that LOUSY DEAL.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how gilbert did anything really bad. The guns were unloaded. I think it was gilbert doing a stupid prank, but I don't think Gilbert is a bad guy. I think most people are angry with him in dc because he isn't playing well.

Posted by: moshemaizels | January 6, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The hammer came down hard on Arena's. What was he thinking last night and the tweeting. He is done as a Wizard. If the NBA voids his contract which i have heard mentioned a few times the Wizards get a mulligan and can rebuild.

It seems only a couple of years ago it looked so promising.

Posted by: AnthonyS | January 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

D-WADE as a Wizard!

Posted by: funkydancinmonk | January 6, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh that Gilbert Arenas, what a terrible human being: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/29/AR2007102901892.html

Oh man that Agent Zero, what a selfish criminal: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/sep/07/20050907-095333-1122r/

Oh that damn Arenas kid, he's always up to no good: www.gilbertology.net/2007/03/20/gilbert-arenas-in-freddie-macs-hoops-for-the-homeless/

Oh boy we sure do need less guys like Gilbert Arenas in this world: www.zerotwoherofoundation.org/

Oh this Hibachi character sure does ruin a lot of people's lives: www.yourcause.com/gilbertarenas

Oh the world would be such a better place if only Gilbert Arenas were behind bars:
www.blackgivesback.com/2007/10/gilbert-arenas-scores-for-schools.html

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter who you are, you can't be carrying guns into your workplace. Not unless you work at a gun shop or are a cop.

Posted by: Route1 | January 6, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise's article is a welcome dispassionate analysis of what really might be driving some of Gilbert's subsequent behavior in making a potentially controllable situation infinitely worse (a nice antidote to the pious ramblings of most, e.g., Wilbon/Sharpton). I hope Flip reads it since its clear he really has been hopeless in both understanding and harnessing Gilbert's rather unique and potentially self-destructive personality traits to the greater good of the Wiz. How good does EJ's coaching record look in the wake of all this?

Still, Gilbert's a grown man and he'll eventually have to own up and take responsibility for what he's wrought here. What a mess, and what a waste....

Meantime, the Wiz could lose to the Cavs by >50 tonight.

Posted by: ArchieTambo | January 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Good, this needed to be done! Now let's go about the business of blowing this team up, having a good draft and voiding his contract to free up some money for the 2010 free agent class. This is just a first step in what needs to be done!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | January 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

no doubt the GOP, the NRA, and Limbaugh will defend Arenas. After all, the second amendment . . . .

Posted by: alxzba | January 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Arenas a bit old to be playing " Cowboys and Indians?"

Posted by: nmg3rln | January 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"Ouch."

by Gilbert Arenas

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 6, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter who you are, you can't be carrying guns into your workplace. Not unless you work at a gun shop or are a cop.

Posted by: Route1 | January 6, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Punishment should fit the crime. He violated a league rule and should be given an appropriate punishment. Not kicked out of the league and have your entire reputation completely destroyed.

This is total bullsh**

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Gil's played his last game here and that is sad. Perhaps the pressure of fans blaming him for the losing got to him and he just was no longer thinking clearly. It's disappointing that his team founds his actions amusing last night, including team captain Antawn Jamision. It's sad that it's come to this because he's not a mean spirited person based on his own on and off the court actions and tremendous charity work he did off the court.

Posted by: ptp23 | January 6, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The thug should pull the race card, call Jesse Jackson, and sue for damages. He should be entitled to carry his piece into the locker room---that gambling debt was big and needs to be repaid. Those club drinks are expensive and he needs some walking around bling.

Posted by: Socialistic | January 6, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

these sports stars need to be sent to grown up school where they can be taught how to act right. They are just tall children who have been given everything because of their height and how well they play with a ball.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 6, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I was kind of surprised that the Wiz didn't suspend him (perhaps with pay) immediately. The lack of any coherent response from Wiz management speaks volumes about the aimless drifitng that defines the Wiz front office.

I mean, I would understand it if the Wiz actually DEFENDED Gil. And of course I would understand if they immediately laid down the law. But instead they just let this thing float, too scared to take any action. That's the worst of all responses.
===
"Gilbert's recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert's behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable."
===
Again, if it is unacceptable, why did you accept it? YOU ARE THE WIZARDS MANAGEMENT. You can fine people. You can suspend people. If you think something is unacceptable, why do you accept it? make up your damn mind and do something about it. Until then, zip it.

Posted by: hubcap | January 6, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Is the poll on this a joke too!! Try this crap at any other job and you WILL be fired. To ask if he should be suspended or not and some answering NO... give me a f'n break. These morons in the NBA get millions of dollars thrown at them and they still can't get their head out of the streets. Kobe and others and this idiot should go straight to prison... maybe there they will learn that life is NOT a joke.... I refuse to support the NBA whatsoever... They are ALL a bunch of morons.... The worst part of this is his lying and saying it was a joke. He clearly knew this was against NBA policy, and local government policy regarding hand guns and he says it was a joke... PUT HIM IN PRISON NOW

Posted by: jimmyj1 | January 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Four guns?!! I thought it was three - three isn't so bad I usually bring 3 guns to work - hell everyone I know brings three guns to work but four? That's where I draw the line.

Posted by: nativedc | January 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

good start. everyone of these arrogant,pampered,wealthy so called atheletes should be treated as any other fool that breaks the law.send these morons to war and they will meet REAL heros.

Posted by: pofinpa | January 6, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that handguns kill tens of thousands of Americans every year.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that DC was once the murder capital of the US.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that kids these days, especially young black kids, look up to thugs and criminals instead of decent human beings.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that Artest beats up fans, Spreewell chokes coaches, Williams shoots limo drivers, and Kobe rapes women.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that Michael Vick kills dogs, Plaxico shoots himself, and Pacman Jones makes it rain.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that Antawn doesn't play defense, and Caron lost his game.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that athletes are overpaid and unappreciative.

Obviously it's Gilbert's fault that it's a slow sports week so the talking heads on ESPN have to pontificate about something new.

Does that cover it?

Posted by: bryc3 | January 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Void that bloated contract! Void that bloated contract! This could work out as a bailout of the Zards unfortunate decision to give this fool megabucks for a long time. That could make the Zards Playahs in the summer free agent market.

Posted by: dolph924 | January 6, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

None of us knows where this is going to go a this point, but it certainly doesn't mean the end of Gilbert's career. He's only 28! But I think it's pretty clear he won't be playing for the Wiz any more.

I disagree with the folks so eager to "blow up" this team. We have some good players and some good prospects, and I think
Flip is an excellent coach. But now we need a seasoned point guard who can distribute the ball and play on-ball defense. Gilbert really wasn't very good at either of those, which is why the Wizards have struggled. We're going to have to make a deal.

I don't want this season to devolve into a blame game. I want to see some good basketball, and I don't think it's too late for these guys to wake up and play to their potential.

Posted by: zinger1 | January 6, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gil, do you know how to spell

D-Y-S-F-U-N-C-T-I-O-N-A-L? Oh, sorry, you

probably don't.

Posted by: bofo9090 | January 6, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a bunch of millionaire wannabe gangsters joking around about guns. The pictures from last night are truly stunning, even when they involve people of such limited intelligence as GA.

Posted by: dane1 | January 6, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Some Gil haters in the house. I think the guy made a stupid mistake. And I'm sure I would have lost my job, had it been me bringing guns to work.

BUT, these guys do boneheaded stuff all the time, and nothing but a slap on the wrist. There must be something else going on here.

Posted by: Matte | January 6, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

How many games is he gonna get? Any chance to turn this season around is now gone forever. Thanks a lot Gil for being an idiot.

And his stupid picture in the front page of the sports: I know he tries to be goofy to make serious situations less tense, but what an idiot, to pretend to shoot your teammates. Even more sad are his teammates laughing. Doesn't anyone on this team know better?

Posted by: rachel216 | January 6, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

You're not gonna void Gilbert's contract. The fight over that will cost this team for years and they'll probably lose.

Gil will come back but as what?

I love the apologists who say that, hey, Gil doesn't get it.

Really? What, is he stupid? I hear him speak and he doesn't sound stupid to me. Who's his agent? That's right. So, he ain't stupid.

So Gil gets it and what last night showed to you the fan was .. he does not care. He KNEW if he pulled that stunt last night he was toast. And he is. And so is the season. He'll be lucky if he didn't take some of his team mates with him with that act. But believe me, he doesn't care cause he's got his.

Could have been a nice season once coach glued all this talent. Don't let the door hit you Gil.

Posted by: tslats | January 6, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

does david stern CONVICT and SENTENCE

every NBA player

everywhere

who dares own a gun

BEFORE they have their day in Court

when the grand jury has NOT even decided whether to charge him with a criminal offense

or just uppity black ones???

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

They will try to void his big contract.

But the Wall Street criminals continue to get huge bonuses even though they cost the US taxpayer billions.

Posted by: redqid | January 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter who you are, you can't be carrying guns into your workplace. Not unless you work at a gun shop or are a cop.

Posted by: Route1 | January 6, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

In fact there are many states (including VA) where there is a carry permit people take their guns to work all the time. (I understand that DC does not have carry permits)

Posted by: ljack666 | January 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I love all of the apologists for Agent Zero, as in zero championships, zero complete seasons played in the last several of years, zero place in the Atlantic Division. Because after all a $100 millionaire should have the right to bring loaded/unloaded (does it matter?) guns to the workplace like the attention-seeking primadonna that he is, and expect nothing more than a slap on the wrist or a look the other way.

Maybe the young brothers and sisters that look up to Gilbert Arenas should be allowed to follow his example. What can it hurt - as a role model he should have the right to glorify violence in our society! (btw, Charles Barkley was RIGHT!)

Bye Gilbert, it was nice not knowing you.

Posted by: bigdp07 | January 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Wiz management were told by the NBA to take no action until the legal process had played out. I'm sure that EG and the rest of the front office wanted to suspend him a lot earlier. The statement from the Pollin family on Saturday night released during the game was very clear. Most people at the game Saturday night seemed to realize that this might be his last home game as a Wizards.

After reading Mike Wise's article, I think that Arenas has some very deep personal issues that go back to his childhood that have affected him as he developed into a star NBA player. Clearly, he is not the person or player we remember from his pre-injury days. I think his entire personal and professional life have been unraveling for some time. The fact that he no longer was an NBA star who could win games with clutch play must have been eating at him.

I hope that he's able to get the professional help that he's in need of before he loses a lot more than his career with the Wizards.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 6, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Arenas and his buddies would like the team's name restored to the Bullets.

Abe Pollin must be spinning in his grave.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 6, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

First, we need to VOID GILS CONTRACT. He has said and proves again and again that he is a 'goof' and not a leader, and for the money he is getting paid he needs to be a leader...and get more assists and play D, but that is a mute point now

Second, trade caron, deshawn, and haywood to free up cap space and get a real inside presence, draft pics or young talent. That leaves us money to go out and get a true top 5 player in this summer's colossal draft.

Posted by: pharringt | January 6, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

would suspend the entire team indefinitely for its behavior Tuesday night.

Posted by: jethro1 | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse
that would be more appropriate since the whole team was displaying the same attitude stern condemns Gil for. But here's another idea, all the guys on the team who co-signed Gils antics last night should sit out tonight without pay too. I bet u Brenda shows up.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Arenas should open up the 1st Gun Store in DC. Right next to the Verizon Center just for spite.

Posted by: AlbyVA | January 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

i'm with barno1 and edgemoor on this one, and would only add that david stern is such a whiny overreacting corporate sellout who is as wrong as does al sharpton. do the lebron test: would stern suspend lebron if all of the facts (and yet-to-be-revealed facts) were the same? HELL NO. i'm pissed as hell.

Posted by: PopeyeJones | January 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Best thing for Arenas to do now is throw himself into the charity work someone listed below.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is a chucklehead. In his TV interview, he said he brought his 4 guns to the facility because he was afraid for his kids. Did his kids suddenly appear? Did the guns suddenly appear? The chucklehead could have bought a gun safe and had it delivered the same day. Then he had to display it or whatever he really did.

He needs to be punished. I am glad the NBA is trying to discipline him. The NBA is full of thugs and chuckleheads. That is why I we no longer watch the NBA.

Posted by: neil64 | January 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

So what happened to J. Crittenden?

Posted by: ccal | January 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

i wonder is agent zero is still laughing? after plexico burress and lonny baxter . . . how could he be so IGNORANT? suspension is appropriated and if convicted (he has a prior weapons conviction) he should be incarcerated.

go wizards!

Posted by: terpcentral1 | January 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Arenas AND his idiot teammates could all take a hike. They thought his imitating a gun Tuesday night was funny?? Out with all of these overpaid idiots !!!

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | January 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

What would the USA be like if everyone carried a firearm 24-7?

Posted by: uncivil | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

yall got a rude awakening if any of yall rubes ever leave town. In Indiana i believe any citizen can get a concealed weapons permit. In Atlanta, Ga you can were your gun (if registered) into a restaurant and have it in your lap. In fact i think DC and NY anre like a coupla the only places you can't have a gun.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

* free agency market not draft

Posted by: pharringt | January 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a goofball" Isn't that what Arenas said when 1st responding to this incident. What you are is a stupid MF'er. u put your $100M contract in jeopardy when 50% of the people did not think you were worth it to begin with. Stupid.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 6, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Punishment should fit the crime. He violated a league rule and should be given an appropriate punishment. Not kicked out of the league and have your entire reputation completely destroyed.

This is total bullsh**

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse


Gilbert is the one in charge of molding his own reputation.

If he doesn't want to carry the rep of being an everything-is-a-big-joke goofball who plays with guns, then he shouldn't turn everything into a big joke and play with guns.

Unless you know something we don't, he's been suspended and not "kicked out", which seems an appropriate punishment to levy on someone who drags a bunch of handguns to his work place and whips them out like he's playing GI Joe.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

AAHH, a few years in the slammer will make a man out of him. Should do him some good.

Posted by: jupiter999 | January 6, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Well...this is a huge opportunity for Randy Foye....

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

At least in Stern's statement it's clear that the Wiz were directed not to take action.

That salvages some of the organization's rep in my opinion.

I couldn't, for the life of me, imagine how the Wiz could let this go down in their building and not step up to do something-anything to show disapproval.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is going to be the NBA's Plaxico.

Jailed for his own stupidity.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the whole Wizards team should be suspended. Replace them with ten unknowns. The franchise could save a lot in salaries and probably do no worse in the standings than they're now doing with the current line-up of overpaid bums.

Posted by: ejn7 | January 6, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Sure, punish Gil. Void the contract.

What about Grunfield? Is Ernie to be trusted? He's the team architect, and the foundation just collapsed? Does Ernie share any of the blame? Just sayin...

Posted by: reispace | January 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Good! Thug!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

So what happened to J. Crittenden?

Posted by: ccal | January 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse
who's that, does he even play basketball. i swear if Gil had gotten into it with any guy that actually suited up and played this year, but my man critter. you ain't played no hoop this year you have no business gambling and kicking up dust with the teams number 1 guy. and then to snitch. this team is going nowhere aske anybody who played sports how they felt about a locker room snitch.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere former NBA Deputy Commission, Simon Gourdine, is shaking his head. Noone seems to remember when the NBA was considered "too black" and drug infested for mass appeal. Current players have reneged on their obligation to be ambassadors of the sport that Dr. J, Bird, Magic, Jordan helped build. For the best write-up of the Arenas situation, go here: http://clicky.me/7lz

Posted by: Silk32 | January 6, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Arenas isn't uppity, just idiotic. There is a difference. I'm with Jethro1 -- the whole team should pay some penalty individually for egging him on. Gil isn't the only one who doesn't take this seriously.

Posted by: bravegirl01 | January 6, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

AAHH, a few years in the slammer will make a man out of him. Should do him some good.

Posted by: jupiter999 | January 6, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

it bothers mee that the first thing you wrote when thinking about prison was AHHH. Is that where they "made a man out of " you?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Idiot.

Stern was going to hold off on dropping the hammer on Arenas for awhile. For EACH GAME he plays, Zero makes $147,200. What a gift to be able to make a crazy salary everyday while being investigated for such stupid charges.

Idiot.

But he just couldn't leave it alone.... of course he couldn't. So I have no remorse for him. Not like I really had any before.... but now I really do hope that the Wiz can dump his contract and start anew.

Idiot.

Posted by: robrice311 | January 6, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Good.

Posted by: djjd | January 6, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Well...this is a huge opportunity for Randy Foye....

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

foye is ass

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand you guys defending Arenas. If you, me, or any non-athlete or office took even unloaded guns to work, that person would be fired.

No suspension, fired.

Gilbert Arenas represents the NBA and as such, as a duty not to sully its image. Guess what? You have to same duty to where ever you work. Don't believe me? Do something obnoxious, borderline dangerous, and public and see how long you last.

In addition, if you believe that he took those weapons to the locker room because he feared for his kids, you are dangerously stupid. At the minimum, he could have gotten a safe. The man is a millionaire. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: eternalemperor | January 6, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

OK ...I am a Gil fan. As someone mentioned earlier, if only the NBA would send its pampered Children to Grown-Up School.

Imagine how we would feel if Gilbert actually worked for the Post Office and brought guns to work!!!

Now that's scary.

Posted by: original2cents | January 6, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

everyone shut the **** up...do u numnuts really think gil is a criminal? it was a joke that most human beings would do without thinking about the repercussions it was harmless with no intent to harm crit and the media and espn want to blow the story out of proportion and make it seem like an old clint eastwood film the guns are clean he just didnt have them registered in d.c. they were unloaded so why in the hell do ignorant people keep saying that he was gonna shoot him how hypocritical is that? i mean damn get the facts straight before you attack the man i thought the media was smart enough to know that theres more than one story or source in a situation...i hate the fact that his life is falling apart because of this and you wanna take his pay away when he has three children? im praying for him and ill be a fan of his where ever he goes

Posted by: skinzwiz1721 | January 6, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

No doubt the gun nuts at the NRA will rally to his defense and get him appropriately "lawyered up," so he'll get off with a slap on the wrist.

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

Anytime somebody brings 4 handguns along with them anywhere they go, it seems likely that at one point or another they probably intend to use them.

In today's world, that's just too dangerous.

To defend yourself at home is one thing, it's another if you're taking guns to a basketball game.

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

I don't understand you guys defending Arenas. If you, me, or any non-athlete or office took even unloaded guns to work, that person would be fired.

No suspension, fired.

Gilbert Arenas represents the NBA and as such, as a duty not to sully its image. Guess what? You have to same duty to where ever you work. Don't believe me? Do something obnoxious, borderline dangerous, and public and see how long you last.

In addition, if you believe that he took those weapons to the locker room because he feared for his kids, you are dangerously stupid. At the minimum, he could have gotten a safe. The man is a millionaire. Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Posted by: eternalemperor | January 6, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

the difference b/w me and you is i don't need you to get fired if u bring ur gun to work and don't bother me. everyone is writing in like they have been threatned or that david stern has done something real. let ask you something. do any of you all feel less threatned by Gilbert Arenas now that he has loads of free time and no basketball to consume his life for 10 hrs a day? i don't care what anybody does with guns, if they're not hurting anybody. It's called minding your own business.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse


Anytime somebody brings 4 handguns along with them anywhere they go, it seems likely that at one point or another they probably intend to use them.

In today's world, that's just too dangerous.

To defend yourself at home is one thing, it's another if you're taking guns to a basketball game.

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

what can four unloaded guns be used for? blunt force trauma? coasters? get serious

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance! If I brought a bunch of guns to my job to store them away from my kids I would be suspended without pay I would be fired and arrested! Book him! Danno!

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

(I understand that DC does not have carry permits)


Posted by: ljack666 | January 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse


Which is a pretty relevant detail in the present issue.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Sure, punish Gil. Void the contract.

What about Grunfield? Is Ernie to be trusted? He's the team architect, and the foundation just collapsed? Does Ernie share any of the blame? Just sayin...

Posted by: reispace | January 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse


Fire him. No. Yes. Yes.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he will finally get it that bringing guns into the workplace is not a joke. DC is very anti-gun - it's like he was taunting local law enforcement & the NBA.

He gave the dumbest explanation I've ever heard regarding why he brought the guns to the Arena. With all of his income and resources, he couldn't find a better place to store weapons than the fricking Verizon Center? He should have let a hired mouthpiece speak on this matter from the beginning.

Posted by: loved1 | January 6, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis and Wash Sports cant buy this team quick enough! Hopefully Gil can be cut because of his behavior. Sad franchise. Lets be real though, if you found out Shaq was with your fiance behind your back you would freak out a bit too. dude needs a long vacation, lets hope it doesnt happen behind bars.

Posted by: daddy_axe | January 6, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

i honestly think is everyone is overly concerned like the guy is a crazy criminal. Idiot Gil DID bring guns to the lockeroom but that was IT when the story came out The situation sudden turned nasty only when Crittenton threw a gun to floor in a fight with Arenas. Suddenely its like ban arenas, he doesn't deserve to play b ball anymore.

Posted by: knowbow | January 6, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

the team tried to cover the incident up, which is why the post sat on the story and got"scooped" by the NY Times. Should EG and the rest of the organization bear some form of punishment for being involved in the cover up. or would that all hinge on Gil admitting that the team tried to cover it up.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

in dc crime is rampant on every street

everyone needs a gun in dc

all the time,

he is especialy vulnerable going to and from his car thats why many pros carry in their locker

and athletes are targets

yes, punish arenas for stupid display of the guns

(and it is the STUPIDEST thing you can do to threaten or flash an UNLOADED gun as you may get a REAL bullet in return in self defense )

but david stern is on an anti gun witch hunt here

just last week some whacko cop in dc pulled out his gun becasue of a snowball fight

what punishment did the COP get?????

david stern--

SENTENCE first, then the TRIAL

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

does david stern CONVICT and SENTENCE

every NBA player

everywhere

who dares own a gun

BEFORE they have their day in Court

when the grand jury has NOT even decided whether to charge him with a criminal offense

or just uppity black ones???

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse


David Stern

Has the RIGHT and AUTHORITY

to enforce the policies

of the NBA

on ANY of its players

EVEN the uppity black ones

regardless of what a CRIMINAL COURT

may do.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about Mr. Arenas personal background. However, the fact that he is a brilliant basketball player does not change the fact that he is a dangerous individual who has no common sense and should not be playing basketball, period. He should not be traded, he should retire. His team need to learn to conduct themselves like mature men, not punks.

Posted by: Listening2 | January 6, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Sports Authority had some beautiful glass encased security gun cabinets that I am sure Gilbert would have been proud to display his firearms safely and away from his kids. Maybe Gilbert thought his kids might break the glass and rob him of his guns. Sounds like somebody may not be raising their kids right if that is the case. But then again a simple word called NO should have been all it took the have the guns be off limit to his kids. But again if his use of the word NO is ignored the man will have even more problems when his kids get older. If he can't trust his kids now he sure won't be able to trust them later.

Posted by: matrox | January 6, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about Mr. Arenas personal background. However, the fact that he is a brilliant basketball player does not change the fact that he is a dangerous individual who has no common sense and should not be playing basketball, period. He should not be traded, he should retire. His team need to learn to conduct themselves like mature men, not punks.

Posted by: Listening2 | January 6, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

in dc crime is rampant on every street

everyone needs a gun in dc

all the time,

he is especialy vulnerable going to and from his car thats why many pros carry in their locker

and athletes are targets

yes, punish arenas for stupid display of the guns

(and it is the STUPIDEST thing you can do to threaten or flash an UNLOADED gun as you may get a REAL bullet in return in self defense )

but david stern is on an anti gun witch hunt here

just last week some whacko cop in dc pulled out his gun becasue of a snowball fight

what punishment did the COP get?????

david stern--

SENTENCE first, then the TRIAL

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


Gilbert Arenas

can park his car

at the Verizon Center

where there is security.

So why would

he need guns?

If the COP you are talking about

was an NBA player

I'm sure that David Stern

would suspend him too.

By the way,

are you a total idiot?

Or do you understand

the difference between David Stern

and a criminal court of law?

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

The words gun and joke do not belong in the same sentence.

Also I read the Karl Malone article and he made some excellent points about gun ownership and the responsibility of being an NBA player.

This dude is toast!

Addition by subtraction as far as the Wizards are concerned.

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | January 6, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

DC is very anti-gun
Posted by: loved1 | January 6, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse


Especially the cop that was charged in the robbery homocide( with a gun) 2-3 weeks back.

Or the one who shot Deonte Rawlings in the back of the head while off duty over a dirt bike, and wasn't charged or penalized.

yeah dc cops are a real stand crowd up when it comes to guns.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it?
Michael Vick gets a little jail time for the MURDER and cruelty to innocent dogs that can't advocate for themselves. Yet Gilbert Arenas brings UNLOADED guns for show and tell to the arena (stupid) and get fired from the NBA completely out for life.
Ummmm? Correct me if I am wrong but the math doesn't add up here? Never mind about all the other professional atheletes that get busted for drug possession and still collect pay.
I am not saying what Gilbert did was right and he is grown enough to know the rules, but if his teammates or coaches or trainers saw something wasn't right with Gilbert (bless him) isn't it up to the power that be to mentor and talk to him? IF, they did know something was not right why did they let him play? Why not tell him hey you either get your head on straight or you don't play...period! To fire him over this smacks like they want to set an example of him. Because I have no doubt in my mind that he is the first to do something like this or the last. He just got caught and someone probably snitched on him too.
I would rather see Michael Vick gone and flipping burgers at Micky D's then to see Gilbert gone. The whole system stinks and I am tired of the lack of leadership.

Posted by: CubaricanMami | January 6, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

don't get it?
Michael Vick gets a little jail time for the MURDER and cruelty to innocent dogs that can't advocate for themselves. Yet Gilbert Arenas brings UNLOADED guns for show and tell to the arena (stupid) and get fired from the NBA completely out for life.
Ummmm? Correct me if I am wrong but the math doesn't add up here?

Posted by: CubaricanMami | January 6, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse


You obviously don't get it.

And I will correct you because you are wrong.

Gilbert has been suspended from the team; he has not been fired from the NBA for life.

Does that help clear up your confusion?

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, am looking forward to the good old days, back before that thug Gilbert Arenas ruined basketball in DC.

Ah, the memories- the yearly trips to the lottery, being turned down by every available free agent, rosters full of has beens and never will be's, and don't forget the glorious Michael Jordan era.

Yep, plenty of good times ahead on Fun Street.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

i have always wondered why gun restrictions in dc were not pursued as civil rights abuse of blacks

most dc residents are black

dc has THE most restrictive gun laws

coincidence?? NOT

and crime is all over dc particularly in some predominantly low income black areas so you need a gun for self defense just to survive

maybe why so many dc blacks in jail for gun ownership

virginia has many more whites and very reasonable gun and carry laws

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I think Ernie couldn't to have Gilbert suspended and hopes he's able to rid himself of Gils,Atwan and Dbricks salary. The wizards have themselves to blame for this mess. The saying "When you lay down with dogs you get flees". We should remember that they were the same high and mighty team that participated in helping gilbert hide when his baby mama was trying to have him served. I will bet she files for Child Support tomorrow while he still has some cash and before the salary gets voided.

Posted by: specialg7master | January 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Arenas should retire and focus on raising his kids to obey him instead of hiding things from them so they can't get to it.

Posted by: matrox | January 6, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, am looking forward to the good old days, back before that thug Gilbert Arenas ruined basketball in DC.

Ah, the memories- the yearly trips to the lottery, being turned down by every available free agent, rosters full of has beens and never will be's, and don't forget the glorious Michael Jordan era.

Yep, plenty of good times ahead on Fun Street.


Posted by: bryc3 | January 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, because after Gilbert signed that max contract, the basketball around here has just been glorious...

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

i have always wondered why gun restrictions in dc were not pursued as civil rights abuse of blacks

most dc residents are black

dc has THE most restrictive gun laws

coincidence?? NOT

and crime is all over dc particularly in some predominantly low income black areas so you need a gun for self defense just to survive

maybe why so many dc blacks in jail for gun ownership

virginia has many more whites and very reasonable gun and carry laws

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse


You don't get it b/c you are clearly a conspiracy-paranoid race-baiting moron.

Before you try to understand civil rights law and gun law, first try to understand the difference between Gilbert being punished by David Stern and Gilbert facing a criminal charge, because you seem to have that one confused off the bat.

Posted by: p1funk | January 6, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

arenas REAL NBA offense is making david stern mad with admittedly stupid coments

note david stern was POSTPONING any action until the criminal proceedings were over

UNTIL arenas criticzed david stern

david stern--out of control

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

this is why david stern is on a rampage against arenas:

"As the team prepared for the game, the players circled Arenas, who formed his fingers into pretend guns and acted as if he were shooting his teammates. His teammates laughed."

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"This is total bullsh**"

Really? You try bring multiple guns to your next Verizon Center game, then take them out and taunt someone with them.

See how long it is before you are charged with a crime.

If this had been a janitor working at Verizon Center he would have been fired immediately, and he would be facing jail time.

Posted by: Hillman1 | January 6, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

i don't see how what arenas did is any worse than what 50 of these other "professionals" have done..

we have ron artest who charged up into the stands and was slugging fans.. we have serena williams who on camera is threating to shove a tennis ball down a linesmans judge's mouth and kill her.. we have michael vick show promotes dog fights and then shoots the losers while they hang from a tree.. i could go on, and on, and on...

all these people are TRASH and showed be left at the side of the street to be picked up and buried in a land fill.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 6, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd be shocked if we ever see Arenas in a Wizards uniform again and possibly ever in the NBA again. There are thousands of guys who'd kill (pardon the pun) to play in this league and Agent Brain-Dead forfeited his chance. The team will successfully be able to void the contract. Obviously his prepared statement of the other day was written by his lawyers. I actually gave him the benefit of the doubt after that statement, but after last night's antics, this guy is gone, goodbye and good riddance!

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I saw the photo. You mean all of your players found his behaviour to be amusing.

Posted by: cr10 | January 6, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of these wealthy athletes acting like savages.

Posted by: Ward4DC | January 6, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Outside the NBA / job situation, how are cases like this typically handled in DC? What is the most severe penalty under the law? Are we talking about a $25 ticket, 30 days suspended, or something more severe? While I have followed the details of how DC opened up their laws recently better than our friend Mr. Arenas, I can't say I know the precise penalty.

Some folks feel that our current set of laws is getting it wrong. Shaking down old ladies at the airport for guns is not getting at the root of violence; it really is people's attitudes. Michael Moore did a good documentary where he went to Canada where they have guns, but don't shoot each other or even lock their doors. While I favor gun registration similar to a drivers license process, penalties should also be similar. I'm about 50 years of age, and recall an era where folks routinely had guns at work and school, and no one thought much of it.

Posted by: pptcmember | January 6, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand anyones position about whether the guns were loaded or unloaded, trigger cocked or uncocked, good intent bad intent...If I have an unloaded gun and a clip in my pocket...am I not just as dangerous....It makes no sense. DC says no unregistered guns in DC...NBA says no guns in their facilities, done. It is preposterous that there is even a need to have a rule like that. It would be like my wife making me sign an agreement stating, "there will be no other women in our bed"....
See ya Gil..thanks for the memories!

Posted by: davemichelle07 | January 6, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Interesting ... NBA: 70% African-American; Washington D.C.: 54.4% African-American (US Census Bureau 2008); The crime rate for both entities for African-Americans far exceeds other races. Coincidence? I think not. And kudos to Al Sharpton.

Posted by: smegmalapper | January 6, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I dont see what Gilbert did that was such a big deal. You people are sissys.

Signed,

The Blood
The Crips
D. West
P. Burress
And The former Maryland bball Player who drove downtown with Guns and was arrested.

Posted by: Italiaxxx | January 6, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Saw the picture too. After those events, you'd think GA would act a LITTLE bit more disciplined......apparently not.

Posted by: blinp | January 6, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This is how it's going to go down. The NBA will suspend him for the rest of the year. The Wizards will void his contract. Gilbert Arenas will go overseas to play pro ball and make more money.

Posted by: bigsherwin | January 6, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Stupid Gilbert is as Studip Gilbert does.

Posted by: ML1001 | January 6, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

By mistake, I posted this to an older thread. I had a request to re-post to the latest. This thread seems the more active discussion though than the latest two...

oh, by the way. All you all wanting to look at the free agent class, you must have just moved to town, or are under age 20. NBA free agents have avoided DC like the plague for the 35 years I've been a fan. This had ALMOST turned around due to the SUCCESS of Arenas and to a lesser degree Butler, and Jamison. If this story blows sky high, then we're back to the plague. So everyone keep working up into a frenzy, and you just wait and see what free agents consider DC. Talk about your zero. By the way, you cannot draft free agents. Interpreted - we're not getting any class of '10 free agents. In fact, my big fear now is losing Miller, this year's one bright spot.

Ok, well there have been a few more bright spots than just Miller, but way too much inconsistency by most or all other players.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 6, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Like someone said earlier, if he did not make those ridiculous comments in the post-game interview yesterday, or orchestrate that pregame 'i gotta laugh at this situation' huddle, he would have been alright, at least for the time being. He was completely asking for controversy and consequently to be suspended. I'll never understand why he contradicted the lawyer statement.

When initial report was realized as misinformed, and he released the attorney statement, he was doing decent damage control. If you look at the New York Post's first report, it was very biased, characterized him as a thug, and contained inaccurate information. But, after all, it's the New York Post, and that brand of journalism shouldn't have been a shock to Gilbert and doesn't justify last night's comments or the initial incident.

The 'incident' was not necessarily violent but was foolish as hell. I still suspect that someone placing guns on a chair and leaving a note saying 'pick one' can be taken as an indirect threat. Who knows what really happened, maybe we'll find out, maybe not.

However, despite Gilbert's regrettable actions, it is disheartening to see the stereotype of NBA players as 'thugs' brought to the forefront. And the story of athletes are public menaces. Again, what Gilbert did WAS COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNNECESSARY. F'N STUPID EVEN.

Can we just agree on that, rather than overgeneralize, rather than reacting to this hot topic like a bunch of sensational racists? Can't we quell this overrated, redundant fervor?

Posted by: bigtriumverate | January 6, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

This was all blown out of proportion and Gil's not the first to bring a gun, well unloaded, gun in DC, as posted, a senator's aid brought one at the Senate, loaded, and i didnt see this commution and reporting towards that. I think it was a blip on the news for a day for two!!! Gil, I'll follow you wherever you go, let me sign up for league pass!

Posted by: washwiz | January 6, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, thank you David Stern you what it means to take action. Outstanding.

I wonder if Gilbert will be still laughing when he ends of flipping burgers.

This guy is his on worst enemy, what gives.

For the record, Im black.

Thank you Rev Sharpton for telling David Stern to put the hammer down on this immature child.

Posted by: K2007 | January 6, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Like everyone else, Barno1 is exaggerating. It's not as though people are claiming Arenas is the worst person in the world. They are saying that what he did was criminal, potentially very dangerous, and he's compounding the matter by not really taking responsibility for it. I don't think anyone's happy about what's happened, would much prefer it hadn't happened! The person who's not making this go away is Gilbert. He just refuses to do what he needs to do to make that happen.

And I'd don't know who chimed in with this before, but it wasn't just irresponsible. Maybe I've lived to privileged an existence, but I just can't comprehend a life where leaving guns out on a table would count as a joke. I think most people--not just Crittendon--would not understand what was supposed to be funny about it.

Posted by: DCUnited2 | January 6, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

nigg@ please......

Posted by: goziner | January 6, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

VOID CONTRACT DC Law 5yrs per gun one year for each bullet, so he's going away for 20 years, I don't think he'll play basketball at 48 years old! He sucks anyways, think Madame Toussaint will melt his wax?

Posted by: GatorsnSkins | January 6, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The comment by National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter:

"The Players Association was informed today that Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA as a result of his actions in bringing firearms into his team locker room. Gilbert has acknowledged his regret regarding this incident, and the Players Association is aware that there is an ongoing criminal investigation taking place. The Players Association will continue to monitor the investigation being conducted by law enforcement authorities and the Commissioner's office. At the conclusion of these investigations we will determine the appropriate action to take on Gilbert's behalf."

Wouldn't it have been nice if he said, "...At the conclusion of these investigations we will determine IF THERE IS appropriate action to take on Gilbert's behalf."

In some cases, and maybe in this case, isn't it possible that the person did wrong and there isn't any appropriate action to take on the players behalf? That the appropriate action might be to say: The Players' Association supports you as a person but we don't support your actions and there's nothing we feel we can or should do on your behalf.

Posted by: Dungarees | January 6, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert:
Here is advise you might heed and quickly---no money--no honey; no money-- all of those long time friends are gone and no money means no lawyers who can keep you outta jail.

Read this twice and then hide the check book and be sure you have the recommmened 8 months of emergency salary.
Bye now!~ Cause you are soon to be.

Posted by: KBlit | January 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

All these wannabe gangstas. Hiphop,NBA,NFL.
It seems that these guys still think that what they see on music videos is cool, manly and virtuous. Now that Arenas is being hit in the pockets directly, he will start to think like an adult and not an over paid brat/wannabe "OG".

Posted by: -PBL- | January 6, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Look up the old Carl Rowan episode, for another thing to consider. That was news for a few days. Yawn.

Gilbert did something stupid, Gilbert was juvenile, and Gilbert broke an NBA rule and a local law. He's not the first, and he won't be the last. Yawn, Yawn, Yawn, and Yawn.

Btw, let's just say the general story line we've heard turns out to be true...then Crittenden actually threatened Gil. It was a JOKE (in bad taste, but a joke) and Gil knew that. Gil elevated the joke, too high obviously. I'm staying calmer than most about all this. Thank God I know not to go anywhere near politically incorrect jokes myself. This ballooning frenzy is a good reminder to self. This all should have stayed in the locker room and blown over, in my humble opinion, after a moderate punishment for Gil and a lecture by a more mature team official, (i.e. Gilbert suspended 4 games for unspecified behaviour harmful to the team), end of story. Well, after police Dept. offer Gil stern warning for stupidity, and then return to solving real crime like murder, missing persons, white collar crime and embezzlement of millions.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 6, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

This can't be surprising to anybody. In fact, it's the norm. How many time has a black athlete gotten into trouble with the law? Jason Williams killed a guy; Plexico Buress, the dumb __tt, shot himself; how many have there been and how many will there be? I used to be a Pacers fan until the gorillas ran into the crowd and started a fight. Being gifted athletically doesn't give a person carte blanche to break the law. Send him to jail-kick him out of the NBA. To hell with him and all those like him.

Posted by: rpttn20041 | January 6, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, Gil, now you have more time to rehabilitate your knee and to spend the money that you've already earned, and all those good things that you wanted to do after baskeball, over the offseason, etc.

Now you're really "Agent Zero".

Good job, dude. I'm cracking up at your humorous handling of the situation.

Yet at the same time I have to say that this is funny coming from a city that would happily beat the crap out of any Redskins fan that dared to wear a jersey to an Eagles home game. I don't see a damm thing being done about that by the NFL.

Posted by: dubya1938 | January 6, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The defenders of Arenas' behavior (redskinnutforlife, for example) would have us believe that personal safety is a rational basis for a rich celebrity to carry a weapon. No. That approach to personal safety is insanely risky for the rich and famous. They hire professional security teams. This man's current contract is -- do I recall correctly? -- $96 million for a few years. I hire security guards for an annual event at which some famous people show up. They charge my company $25 an hour. They are professionals at what they do. That and other security measures are what rational, sensible wealthy people do to protect themselves. A guy like Arenas has a lot of time to think through the alternatives and the consequences. He had a lot of time to read about how Plaxico Burriss, who carried a gun under a similar gun law. Plaxico Burriss, in fact, was very, very fortunate that the bullet discharged from his firearm didn't hit a bystander. He would have been subject to a much longer jail stretch and potentially millions of dollars in liability. A rich professional athlete carrying a gun is not protecting himself. He is deliberately being as stupid as possible. Deliberately. It would appear that the motiveis that he is the sort of fellow who likes letting his testosterone do his thinking for him. Of course he deserves a suspension. A very long one. And brandishing an unloaded gun in the presence of someone who also has a gun is perhaps the stupidest thing one could do with a gun. Any policeman or soldier will tell you that such a move gives the other party no choice but to shoot first.

Posted by: have2saysomething | January 6, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"How many time has a black athlete gotten into trouble with the law?"

Well, gee, considering that most pro athletes are black that's hard to really make relevant here.

It's sorta like asking "how many times have US citizens gotten into trouble with the law?"

The law exists to get people into trouble with it.

Posted by: dubya1938 | January 6, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"A rich professional athlete carrying a gun is not protecting himself. He is deliberately being as stupid as possible. Deliberately."

Say whatever you want about it, he has a right to carry a firearm. That's why we have rights, so that people can't convict him of a crime just for doing what they think as "stupid" or "criminal".

Posted by: dubya1938 | January 6, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards supported the decision in a statement in which the team criticized Arenas's behavior and that of his teammates before playing the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. As the team prepared for the game, the players circled Arenas, who formed his fingers into pretend guns and acted as if he were shooting his teammates. His teammates laughed."

Still it's funny how everyone but the people involved think that this is some big huge serious deal. God forbid that the players themselves thought that it was a joke. Fire them all!

Posted by: dubya1938 | January 6, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

At this point it has less to do with what actually happened than with public perception. The NBA and its players are making billions selling a product featuring mostly African-American athletes to a majority white audience. What they have to continually overcome, as you can see from these comments, is the negative stereotype of the young, black gun toting thug. Gilbert didn't get suspended for the original incident, he got suspended for horrendous spin control. This is the entertainment business. The guy is worth a hundred million. Hire a lawyer, hire a PR guy and then listen to what they say. If you're the spokesman for Coke and you kept joking about mice in the bottle, the same thing would have happened.

Posted by: Delle | January 6, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Park cars at National Airport, drive a truck/bus, deal drugs, etc? What would the USA be like if everyone carried a firearm 24-7?

Posted by: uncivil | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM
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Way, way more polite.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 6, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

David Stern conspired to steal the Sonics and send them to OKC. And for his next trick, he's going to provoke a lockout to get even more concessions from the players union. He's a mean man, and evil.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 6, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Where do we find such men?

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Posted by: xiyangyang07 | January 6, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Stern is trying to protect a damaged brand. Its damaged because of its thug image and Arenas threw that image right into the public's face including the hand pistol and laughter while warming up. These thugs have been coddled since 8th grade because of their basketball talent. They have gotten away with many things and fully expect that free pass to continue. That's why Stern did what he did. And he should, becuase many NBA players are nothing but thugs.

Posted by: mowjoe | January 6, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Now this latest move I can't quite understand: why forgo the expected (suspending Arenas when this whole thing surfaced, but with pay) for the unexpected (indefinite suspension without pay, accompanied by a lot of harsh language?)

You skipped a step, Bwana Stern.

Outside of media value -- and a big part of Stern's job is protecting the NBA's image -- what's the value of such a draconian move? He's painting the league into a corner. Now no matter what happens with the criminal investigation, Stern and the Wiz have to go to court to void Arenas' contract. And from one perspective, they just made that more difficult to do.

By getting so personal at this early stage in the process, Stern has made the league into an antagonist. He's abandoned the cover of the criminal justice system. Now it's David Stern vs Gilbert Arenas (and his attorneys).

Stern's a smart guy, and maybe he knows what he's doing. But I don't.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 6, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Scathing? That statement is scathing? Really? One wonders if the author was ever in the Marine Corps, ever worked construction, ever went through a fraternity hell week, or ever really pissed off a terrorist. Or redhead.

Perhaps the author should tell his wife that after four kids, her butt is just so much bigger than her younger sister's butt. After doing that, I think the author might have a clearer picture of what the word scathing means.

Posted by: mlincoln1 | January 6, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

If anyone brought a gun, loaded or unloaded into their place of work and brandished it in any manor, joke or no joke, they would be fired. Not to mention, he was allegedly trying to intimidate a co-worker over a gambling debt (he was welshing).

The wizards should void his albatross of a contract and Stern should suspend him for the rest of the year.

This might be the best thing to happen to the NBA and the Wizards. They need to crack down on the pervasive guns and gambling.

Posted by: Eye4eye1 | January 6, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I believe the message that Arenas's team-mates intended to send last night was that Arenas is no danger to them. The controversy regarding the unloaded firearms is entirely one of runamok political correctness. It has no basis in safety or reason, and should not be viewed as legitimate.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 6, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that people actually care so much about a fellow who hasn't even played basketball for a full season with the Wizards. Much angst. What percentage of GA do each of us posters own? Nada, yet the call for GA to get away with being a dangerous fool is compulsory for some. BUT... I guess if you really care about his charities, I'm sure you contribute and work for them, BUT he did wrong and to pretend otherwise diminishes your character.

Posted by: therev1 | January 6, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I've always liked Gil. I feel like a lot of people are piling on now. He doesn't get a buy, I understand that. The guy made a very, very bad mistake, and should pay for it. But, beyond that, I'm sad for DC and for the Wizards. Gilbert at his best several years ago made basketball fun again here, and his personality only added to that. He was a savior in a sense after the depressing Jordan departure, and he obviously did some good in the city with his charity works. I'll mourn his loss, as I'm sure he's a goner now.

Posted by: mozzstix | January 6, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Lost in all this discussion is the fact that this moron was deemed to be worth $111 million at some point. His contribution to society? He's able to bounce a ball and throw it into a metal hole. Somebody might look at this and think it a little strange...

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Lets see, at 147, 200 dollars per game....I think he will be missing that...

Posted by: nowhine | January 6, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Sport Sociologists Benedict and Yeager in their book point to the fact that 21% of players have been charged in the NFL with crimes. The 'Saga' now shifts to the NBA whereby previous 'Star' players engaged/engage in promiscuity. Tiger Woods 'enjoys' himself without seemingly too much remorse, and now the immature 'spoiled' brats of the NBA think the Arenas episode is funny! As a former elite athlete the entire sporting scene is starting to disgust me. The ghetto mentality seems to be carried over into their so-called 'professional' lives. However, the bored public worships these star players like 'god-like' creatures and so they carry on. SAD!

Posted by: mschlots | January 7, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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