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Arenas suspended indefinitely

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement today:

"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."

By Alexa Steele  |  January 6, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
 
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Comments

There goes the season. Maybe it will end this media circus.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

It's about time...hallaleujah!! I'm glad the Stern showed some guts after Areans was 'spraying' his teammates with imaginary gunfire last night before the Philly game. He clearly is unfit to be on an NBA court or locker room. Glad to see that he'll be suspended indefitely without pay.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Stern saw Arenas come out last night pretending to have two guns.

He must have been livid.

Arenas is done for the year, I think.

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

I think what Gilbert did was more idiotic than criminal -- this is a bit extreme, but obviously Stern wants to send a message. Still, this season was already a goner, and I only hope this will allow the Wiz to void that ridiculous contract and start rebuilding sooner rather than later.

Posted by: RIP-21 | January 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, I've always been a Gilbert fan, and I still am. But he really, really screwed up this time.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, now we won't win the championship!

Posted by: impeachemall | January 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Great, now us Wizards season ticket holders have to suffer.

Posted by: dominic10464 | January 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, some may good may come of this. If he is suspended long enough then maybe some posters may disappear from the blog.

Posted by: millineumman | January 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Paging Mr. kalo-rama. Paging Mr. kalo_rama.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Stern saw Arenas come out last night pretending to have two guns.

He must have been livid.

Arenas is done for the year, I think.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 6, 2010 4:07 PM

Might be the best thing for him and his family. He can't seem to stop himself from poking his finger in the eyes of authority. There's no way on earth he was oblivious to the implications of his actions last night.

Posted by: and_1 | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Will that give the Wiz grounds to void this horrible contract or will we have to wait for formal charges first.

Posted by: Predator48 | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Again! Due Process assassinated. No pun intended...

Posted by: knjon353 | January 6, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Gilbert negotiate his own contracts? I'll be interested to see what kind of morals clause it contains and whether this is grounds for voiding it. If we can, we should.

Posted by: jksesq1 | January 6, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

There goes the season? Please this team will play much better with this fool not around.

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

Great, now us Wizards season ticket holders have to suffer.

Posted by: dominic10464 | January 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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The Wizards are the epitome of how an NBA team should not be run for some time - they haven't even had a team capable of sniffing a championship since the late 70's.

It's nice that the current "Big 3" got the team to the playoffs - but more than half the NBA makes the playoffs.

Time to build a winner - and it starts by getting rid of this selfish fool.

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

Now with Arenas gone are the league insiders
still thinking about breaking up the"nucleus"
that is not performing?

I can't believe we are looking at another
20-25 win season.

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

But it's his birthday! Geez...

Posted by: registeringsucks1 | January 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Please remember that their is one law for the rich (Gil) and one law for poor.

Posted by: cr10 | January 6, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If you media types wrote about healthcare legislation, the 9/11 fraud, the no bid contracts pushed by the Bush administration, what our tax dollars are doing at area 51, and other real news to put pressure on them to act maybe we would have a better country (again, I know this is the sports page, but maybe you can help your colleagues man up).

No one knows the true real story but I'd sure like to smack Crit for running his mouth to his friend about what happens in a locker room and smack his friend for running to the press. DON'T TRADE GIL!!

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

I find Mr. Stern to be in violation of the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution

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

Again! Due Process assassinated. No pun intended...

Posted by: knjon353 | January 6, 2010 4:14 PM

First, "due process" only applies to government action. The CBA between the players and the leauge applies here. Second, he publicly confessed. Does Stern need to hold a hearing so Gil can repeat it? His lawyer should not have let him make any statements until the legal process had run its course. Plus, the NBA knew he had the guns because he turned them over to a team official. After all the tweeting and jokes, what he did during line ups last night was the clearly the last straw.

I feel bad for the dude because he likely has a lot of deep seated issues that he's never fully come to grips with that cause him to be "Gilbert."

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Now if you are the wizards this what u try to do: First see if you can void Arenas' contract. If that happens, time to blow up the big three.

Trade Caron Butler and Jamison for Tracy McGrady. He is on last year of the deal and that is $20 million you get for next year!

Then next year you can be part of the 2010 games...free agent games!!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | January 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see what happens. I believe that "bringing guns to work" is specifically included/forbidden in the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that is agreed 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 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Arenas has ADD or something... always thought the same with TO & Portis... they have no frontal lobe & just say whatever hits their tongue... Here was Arenas last night stating "I didn't do nothing wrong" after the game, but the law of DC says you did... Didn't his lawyer say to him after he released his statement... "no more talking about this anymore, say NO COMMENT", if not he should be fired.

I just don't understand what happened to the Gil we all loved 2 seasons ago... guess if he hit a few game winners this year, the fan base would be a little more on his side & not consider him a cancer like Portis. Another thing... He has to learn that these jokes he's pulling... he is the only one Laughing... If he had pulled the rims deal on me like Awvee storey, I would of had to punch him in the face!

This is just sad... This was the year the Wiz were supposed to be back & now were going to be a laughing stock because he's an idiot... Can we have our #5 pick back & take Jennings?

Posted by: tony325 | January 6, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

First, "due process" only applies to government action.

Not really. Players in the NBA (and other leagues/occupations) have the right to appeal any punishment/suspensions. They do have some due process "rights".

Of course, the person hearing the appeal is usually the one who gave the penalty out in the first place.

In other words, good luck with that appeal.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 6, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I think Gil has some real mental problems that need to be addressed, and perhaps through all of this maybe he'll get the help he needs. Up until now it's been "oh look at Gil, he's so wacky!" But given his words and actions since the incident broke, it all just seems like a giant plea for help. No sane person would act like he has, given the circumstances. At the very least he needs an agent to tell him to shut the hell up.

Posted by: tigerquoll | January 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

They're no longer The Bullets for a reason!

Posted by: mandyk1 | January 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This is absolutely insane! The guy actually, really did nothing. We can hyperventalate all we want because it involves the word "guns," but nothing happened. Stern is not fit to run this league.

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

Good!

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

And Mike Wise's article this a.m. was pretty spot on.

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

Arenas was an idiot..and so are those who wrote in saying Stern did not follow due process. Stern was perfectly within his rights as commissioner to suspend him. Among other things the suspension may prevent escalating behavior..which could lead to something more serious.
LET US HOPE THAT THE WIZARDS WILL BE ABLE TO BREAK ARENAS`S CONTRACT! THAT WOULD BE LIKE FINDING BURIED TREASURE..WITH ALL THE POSSIBLE FREE AGENTS WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Without Pay...who gets the money? Is that a Wizards team savings? Does the salary of player suspended without pay count against the luxury tax?

Posted by: cballer | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Well Gilbert...you yourself said you love to prove doubters/haters wrong.

You got a lotta doubters right now bruh...and a whole lotta haters too.

Should be more than enough to fuel your eccentric competitive fire and get you back to playing at an All-Star level - - - oh but wait...ain't no guarantee you gonna play again is there?

Wow...just look at all the damage caused by an impulsive immature act meant to be interpreted as a joke.

What you think bruh?
Think its time to grow up just a little and learn how to infuse a little professionalism into your persona?

Posted by: blackman1 | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

As 6'4" ball-hogging guard, who can't guard his own shadow and chokes at the foul in crutial situations. He won't be missed.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

fire him and let him go broke...

Posted by: rocotten | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope the National Rifle Association fights for the rights of young black men like Gilbert to bring their guns to work. Does the Second Amendment apply only to white folk?

Posted by: simpleton1 | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Ironic that it happened on the day he would play against Shaq and on his birthday.

Posted by: jefferu | January 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

GROSS OVERREACTION!!!

It doesn't fit with precedent, unless the facts are far worse than anyone is talking about. The thing is that the facts couldn't be worse or else the Wizards organization would have been handling this differently. Stern caved into idiots like Wilbon and Sharpton. He wouldn't have the guts to do this if the Wizards actually were challenging for 4th like everyone expected.

Posted by: bermudml | January 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad the NBA has done this, because he is an arrogant, simple, young-azz fool. What in the hell do these guys be thinking about. Just absolutely rediculous. Keep your craziness at home with your family. We don't want to see this. It's already enough madness going on in this world as it is. I'm sick of hearing, seeing and reading about this craziness from these so-called professionals!!!!!! I am a parent of a 6 year old who is sick and tired of having to explain these dumb-ass, high paid athletes issues to him. Where are the role models for our kids????????????????

A pissed off parent.

Posted by: LadyTBug4Life | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Area 51?

That's where Gilbert trains in the offseason.

Really, please leave the politics out of here.

Thank you.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It's all the players fault because i would not sign anything that gives one man power over all.

Stern is a joke! If i were the wizards i would hope the NBA give my team money because some people pay to see just Gilbert.

Gilbert is a clown everyone knows that.
You don't think something like this will happen again?

Is it Playoff time because that's the only time you see real competition in the NBA.

Posted by: shamken | January 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Have we become the Blazers of the 90's?

Posted by: Doobie_Sparks | January 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

You don't have a Second Amendment right to take your guys to private areas. The Amendment prevents government from taking away that right; not someone else.

Besides, Arenas is party to a contract that forbids bringing guns to work. He violated that contract (among other items).

Posted by: SteveMG | January 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This was all a convoluted ploy by Crittendon to get playing time when he recovers from injury. That man is an evil genius.

Posted by: cballer | January 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

People don't get it...this does mean he's probably done for the year unless Stern takes a different position. This could take a long time to resolve. Maybe Stern is expecting Arenas to step up and make a public apology after a fair punishment (5 game-ish).

Posted by: bermudml | January 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

take your guys to private areas

That would be guns.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

So long, Arenas. Enough is enough.

Posted by: drischord | January 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

So, the Commish decides to suspend Gilbert today...Why not when the player ADMITTED to bringing guns to the arena or as the Commish stated until "the pendency of a criminal investigation" had completed -- Oh, that's right, the Wiz play the beloved Cavs next. Guess, Mr. FixerStern saw Gilbert's huge game last night and didn't want him to show up The King. Draft rigging, bonus trades, officiating fixing for LA, Boston, NY, Chicago and Cleveland. Add this to the list of Stern and League Office BS - NBA or WWE, the difference continues to blur.

Posted by: hellwithu | January 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

All you fools that are in support of Gilbert Arenas, you must realize that playing in the NBA is not a right!

Moreover, Gilbert violated the law regarding hand guns by bringing guns into the District of Columbia without a permit as well as bringing wepons in the locker room at Verizon Center (a league violation).

He should be suspended for at least a year. No passes should be given. He should go play some street ball or something. He can bring guns to those games.

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Gil....you've been suspended. I know it's going to be very, very hard because you are going to have a lot of free time on your hands, but for your own sake.....don't tweet, don't blog, don't talk to any reporters, don't issue any statements, don't go out to Berry Farms, don't do anything. Just hang out in the grotto and feed your sharks. Seriously. Opening your yap is only going to get you in deeper.

Posted by: ts35 | January 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This is a ridiculous ruling by David(the fixer)Stern Stephon Jackson fires a gun in public and gets seven games and Arenas has an indefinite suspension, Happy Now everyone? this is the perfect example of a knee-jerk reaction Stern turns the other way when the ref's basically on his orders take the sixth game away from the Kings during the western conference finals about six years ago and now he has taken any hope away from the fans of this franchise I said it before he was stupid but nothing in his past deserves this.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Gil was an idiot for his pre game stuff and post conference last night. That finished him and Stern basically said that he's coming down hard. I also got the sense from the Wizards statements that they may have actually called on Stern to do it and they were sick of Gil also

Posted by: dlts20 | January 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This was all a convoluted ploy by Crittendon to get playing time when he recovers from injury. That man is an evil genius.

***STANDING OVATION***

Posted by: blackman1 | January 6, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

learnedhand1 is right. Due process doesn't apply here, most specifically because Arenas admitted to bringing the guns in and turned them over to the team. He's never denied it. Of course, he can still appeal, but it will do no good. He deserves this massive slap because his actions were very, very wrong and very serious; and his joking about it and his actions last night show that Arenas does not take this as seriously as he should. Stern did the right thing.

Posted by: tcb_va | January 6, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately no one was shot.

Posted by: brwntrt | January 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This is what we all get for putting sports above education. I mean real education is not the kind where you go to college to play ball and someone provides you with the tests and the answers. I will never forget when a classmate and ball player at an ACC school complained when he found out that a ball player from the PAC 10 "not only got the tests in advance but the answers". How does Dexter Manley maintain eligibility in the NCAA when he was illiterate, and nobody was punished. I think it is wonderful that a kid from Arenas's background is offered a scholarship and get's to do things he never dreamed of, yet it is sad that we let them go through years of college eligibility without ever obtaining the proper skills to deal with adulthood much less the millions of dollars some of these athletes are paid. You need to look no further than the fact that Gilbert acted as his own agent. That alone should tell you that he was never educated properly about complex financial transactions.

Posted by: rbbeach | January 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I think alot of you guys forget what a sweet ballplayer Arenas was, prior to the knee injury. Go ahead, name another Wizard you wanted to see with the ball late in a game when they were within 3 points. He was well on his way to being an NBA superstar before the knee buckled. This latest gun related incident is just sad. Sad for Arenas, the Wizards the NBA and mostly the fans. I'm sad because I won't get to see Gilbert win the NBA comeback player of the year in a Wizard uniform. The man worked so hard to overcome injury, TWICE! Perservered though all the physical pain and disappointmnet, only to ruin it all on something as stupid and childish as this behavior. I mean look at the way he played last night. Brilliant. And also look at his behavior, acting a fool with the "shooting" of his teamates. Thats Arenas in a nut shell. Abe Pollin loved the man. He's got to be spinning in his grave.

Posted by: rcupps | January 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

As he should be

What idiot goes out and shows how not-serious he takes his situation by making a finger and 'shooting' his teammates at last nite's game intros??? Who can stay off Twitter about it?? Who states 'I didn't do nothing wrong'???

He's a moron who has ruined his career, an opportunity that most will never have. He brought this on himself, not Peter Vecsey, not anyone else.

Maybe now he'll learn to shut his damn mouth and think before he opens it.

Posted by: kahlua87 | January 6, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Fire Shanahan!

Posted by: SA-Town | January 6, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, this is another attack to lawful citizens to prohibit them from exercising their legal right to keep and bear arms. Slowly our rights are being taken away by the anti-gun lobby. The U.S. Constitution clearly gives the right to keep and bear arms. Why is everyone so freaked out because a United States citizen executes his rights under the U.S. Constitution. I hope that he gets as much help from the NRA, the gun lobby groups, and law abiding groups that promote our Constitutional rights. It has been proven that when guns are outlawed, crime flourishes. A criminal will not risk committing a crime if he suspects that a lawful citizen is armed.
I applaud you, and support you Mr. Arenas.
I hope that you come out of this nice and clean. Keep and support our rights to keep and bear arms.

Posted by: EduardoDe | January 6, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Arenas fan (even though I think his contract is bloated!)but I think he brought this upon himself. It's a case of bad judgement gone worse. It's one thing to have the guns in the locker room and ride out the court dates until proven innocent (hopefully) but it's another thing to mock the whole situation on the court with the pretend gun-fire. More than anything it just shows what little regard he has for the gravity of this situation and the importance of his image to his fans and the franchise. Poor taste and no class; two phrases I never thought I'd use to describe Arenas. Who knows - this could be a blessing in disguise.

Posted by: BrandyHemlock | January 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"Great, now us Wizards season ticket holders have to suffer." As if season ticket holder to the Wizards aren't suffering already...and have been for a long, long time.
"No sane person would act like he has, given the circumstances. At the very least he needs an agent to tell him to shut the hell up." Take a look at the guys who play in the NBA...how many of them would qualify under the definition of "sane"? It's rare to find one that doesn't have "issues".
Now THIS is just insane-->"The guy actually, really did nothing. We can hyperventalate all we want because it involves the word "guns," but nothing happened. Stern is not fit to run this league." It's against the contract, it's against the law...and he did nothing wrong?

Posted by: therapidone | January 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

What he did last night was just stupid. If he'd simply apologized from the start, said it woouldn't happen again, and stuck to playing ball he'd still be playing. He's an idiot, he was daring Stern to do something and he gets what he deserves.

Posted by: steveh46 | January 6, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

arenas is guilty till proven innocent--david stern, nba commissioner

"alleged terorist"--president obama describing the detroit airplane bomber

how much of this is politcallly correct war against guns

as oposed to punishment for arenas???

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Gil, see a shrink. confessing to a felony on national t.v. made me immediately question your sanity. that ain't "quirky", that's nuts. even you had to know the ornerous laws in this town about guns..apparently i think you're more devious than naive. then antagonizing the commisioner with your sideline antics and comments?! you should've "no commented" the media like anybody with a clue would do. you need counseling playa, please!

Posted by: Donald8 | January 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I just love how all the haters come out of the woodwork and preach about Gilbert's childish behavior. Would they be so quick to pass judgment if Arenas, who has always marched to his own drummer, was leading the Wizards to the playoffs?

Knuckle-headed and possibly illegal: no question. But stop with all the public finger wagging.

Posted by: rukidding1 | January 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

good

Posted by: bestmick1 | January 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey Urnesto ... "This is absolutely insane! The guy actually, really did nothing" ... talk about "insane" ... can you read??? even if you want to look at it ONLY strictly from a contract perspective, he SIGNED a contract that forbade him to carry firearms into the arena ... pretty simply stuff really. You okay with him carrying a gun onto a plane? How about your kid’s school?? ... always someone else's fault, right??? you must be a lawyer ...

Posted by: drew9 | January 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is an idiot. As is Clinton Portis.

Posted by: nodata2000 | January 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

what is worse: bringing unloaded guns to the arena, or blasting caps in the parking lot of a stip club after/during a scuffle? The latter act committed by stephen jackson, a repeat offender, garnered a 7 game suspension from the league. So, it would seem to me, that if the act by GA wasn't violent and just stupid, then the indefinite suspension of GA by David Stern is ridiculous.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

You know, Gilbert could have shot Crit over this, but short of a dead body here is my impression of the local media's priorities:

If two Redskins fart at the same time, all of this is forgotten. (Same reason why the New York Post had the scoop).

Posted by: mabkhar | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This is absolutely insane! The guy actually, really did nothing. We can hyperventilate all we want because it involves the word "guns," but nothing happened. Stern is not fit to run this league.

I agree with Urnesto on this one....Delonte West's incident was more serious then Gilbert's! West is diagnosed with bi-polar and you guys are talking about Gilbert's mental problems..Come on now. Cant the league have a little fun with this? And about the "imaginary" shooting picture, Gilbert has always been doing that...this is blown way out of proportion.

Remember the last time you fake wizard fans claimed the team was a better fit without him? That was midway last year....not so true huh?

Hopefully the suspension isn't long and a majority of you guys will come to realization that the wizards need Mr.Arenas.

Posted by: crisco00786 | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If the wizards know any better, they would terminate his contract now.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

what due process did arenas get before

judge jury and executioner

david stern ruled???

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

DAGGGGGGG-ERRRRRRRR

Posted by: Matte | January 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

2 Things: 1) I bet the Wizards are kicking themselves for signing him to that $100 Million + contract. 2) maybe the Wizards should change their name back to the "Bullets" :)

Posted by: yeayea911 | January 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

More importantly, has the gambling debt been paid? Isn't that what started all this?

Posted by: tablogloid | January 6, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I would love someone to ask the $100 Million Dollar Man why he didn't buy a gun safe.

Here are the top 5 reasons why Gilbert brought 3 guns to work:

5. He couldn't carry 4 guns
4. One is for his right hand, one is for his left hand and one is for Wizard fans to put ourselves out of our misery.
3. How else do you get lunch with David Stern
2. 2 guns doesn't scare anybody

And the number 1 reason Gilbert brought 3 guns to work:

1. Gilbert always wanted to tell the press, "Say hello to my little friends!"

Posted by: Boogadiggy | January 6, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The part I love best is how this story is burried behind the Shanny hiring. Imagine: the presumed best player on a major city's NBA franchise is suspended indefinitely and no one outside of a few poor NBA fans care a lick. Shows you how irrelevant the Wizards, the NBA and Ole Gil are. I love it!!! More space for the Caps through the spring and Nats starting next month are now available in the Post's Sports section!!!!

Posted by: jrizzo5751 | January 6, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Quote by a Poster:

GROSS OVERREACTION!!!

It doesn't fit with precedent, unless the facts are far worse than anyone is talking about. The thing is that the facts couldn't be worse or else the Wizards organization would have been handling this differently. Stern caved into idiots like Wilbon and Sharpton. He wouldn't have the guts to do this if the Wizards actually were challenging for 4th like everyone expected.
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Excellent!! You hit the nail on the head. I called Sharpton's office today and talking about idiots answering the phone. Geeezzz!!

Posted by: kentonsmith | January 6, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Gilbert is an idiot. Yes, nothing happened. But Stern has no choice but to suspend him. The same was true for Plaxico Burress. These leagues can't tolerate guys walking around with guns--anyone remember Jayson Williams and the chauffer whose life he took when he was just playing around?

So with each additional incident we see just how EXTRA-ordinarily stupid and reckless some pro athletes are. When you hear Gilbert is breaking the rules with guns, that's all you need to suspend him--you can't wait until he shoots someone or himself, all in good fun.

Posted by: brooklynreader | January 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

STERN: "...his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game..."

That's a little harsh. Yes, his defense sucks, but he does score some points.

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

I hear this LeBron James kid might be looking for a new home at the end of the season.

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

let's try this again...

this was a good move. the NBA is rife with thugs, and there seems to be a culture of special entitlement that abounds in the NBA. that's why i only watch college basketball.

i'd have to add that all professional sports have their fair share of troublemakers who think that they don't have to be held accountable for their behavior, on or off the court (or playing field).

and don't even get me started about hockey.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | January 6, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

hmmmnnn.......is david stern against

everyone

everywhere

owning a gun

and sentencing them before a trial,

even before the grand jury decides whether to even charge arenas

are NO nba players allowed a trial before
they are suspended without pay

or just uppity black ones who dare own a gun???

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

Can we have Jamison for Z now?

Posted by: btowne026 | January 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Where are the role models for our kids????????????????
******************************************

Seriously?

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

Why not give Arenas the same punishment that they gave Senator Jim Webb for bringing a handgun to his job in the District of Columbia (i.e., nothing)?

I guess the the message here is that the rules are different if you are a white Democrat politician from Virginia.

Also, does anyone know where Arenas officially resides? If it is outside of the District of Columbia, what is to stop the DC government from prosecuting any poor sap who drives through the District with a handgun in their car?

I think that all that he has admitted to is bringing the guns into the locker room. Stupid yes, but illegal, I am not so sure. All of the hearsay about the gun play is - well hearsay - not truth.

Also, I think that there is a player on the Cleveland Cavs who was busted last year for gun possession. Why is he still playing and not suspended indefinitely?

I think the real reason Arenas has been suspended today is because he referred to the NBA Commissioner last night in a post game presser as, among other things, "mean" and implied that he is a jerk. The real scoundrels here are the so called PR and legal people around Arenas who no doubt are sucking big bucks from Arenas. They should all be fired ASAP.

Maybe some of you Wizards season ticket holders out there who live in the District will now start to realize that the DC gun laws (much like our drug laws) do nothing but put black men in jail and keep them from work - rather than keep them and their families safe from crime.

Think about it.

Posted by: aaronburr94 | January 6, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

'All you fools that are in support of Gilbert Arenas, you must realize that playing in the NBA is not a right!"

Whenever you see the above comments it's usually from a racist. Associating playing in the NFL and NBA with "rights" i.e. "civil rights" as in...you can have your civil rights but they don't apply to pro sports. That line always sends up a red flag.

Truth be told most fools don't understand that it's a privilege not a right only applies to Country Clubs. A privilege...IS a right. Look up the word idiots!!

It's a privilege not a right was the defense country club owners used when pressure to integrate was mounted.

Posted by: kentonsmith | January 6, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

what I really think that these guys were trying to do is prove who's dick was larger!!

Posted by: adamrovich | January 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance!

The Wiz should have suspended him indefinitely immediately upon learning about the exchange in the locker room.

Gil is a FOOL for pretending to be shooting his teammates last night on the court. What a complete moron.

I will cross my fingers and hope the Wiz are able to void his contract.

Posted by: msveasey | January 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Send him to the Idaho Stampede minor league where good people are free to own and carry guns, unlike the Peoples Republic of D.C.

Posted by: IdahoSpud1 | January 6, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Arenas got to be the biggest knuckle-head on the planet. Dr zero must have got to his head. His career might as well be over. This is not the first time. He got arrested in California in 2003 after the cops pulled him over on a minor traffic violation. This time he gets caught with not just 1 gun but 4 guns. It's going to be hard to beat the rap. The Wizards will be better without him.

Posted by: jo_joseph_99 | January 6, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when players decide it's more important to be "gangsta" than play the game. Here in Indy, we got to watch wannabe rapper Ron Artest ruin Reggie Miller's last year with the throwdown at Auburn Hills. Put a few of the punks in prison, and maybe they'll get the message...

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

Plaxico Burress has the number of a really great attorney who can help...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 6, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

If you are a Wizards fan, and you'd like to see them compete any time soon, the best thing that could happen is he gets a Michael Vick-esque ban for some time and his contract is voided. The cap space that could create could make the Wizardss very competitive quickly... I wonder if Lebron could be lured into coming here.... ok, I'll stop dreaming

Posted by: jro_nyc | January 6, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he should have known better. It was a stupid mistake.....but no one was ever hurt, let alone in any danger. Why is he so unfit? Because he made a stupid mistake? Gil, you can come to my house any time. You can even bring your guns.

Posted by: rjma1 | January 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Oouch! Too much money, too much fame, too much freedom.......all without enough brains.~Peace~

Posted by: satchmo4 | January 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If one of my co-workers brought a pistol to work, I would leave immediately and I would not return until that co-worker was no longer around. It's a good thing that the rest of the team didn't walk out...

Posted by: JoStalin | January 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I think the question isn't whether it's an overreaction -- it may well be -- but rather the motivation for overreacting. Suspension without pay is pretty radical in terms of an eventual legal outcome. It suggests one of two things:

a) that the charges are going to be much more severe than we were led to expect; OR

b) that the Wiz are definitely going to make an attempt to void Arenas' contract, and are loading up on ammo; OR

c) both the above.

It's likely Arenas' own behavior has ticked Stern off immeasurably, too. The NBA's ratings are off this season, and ratings are what Stern eats and breathes.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Indefinite does not mean "the whole season." It means Gilbert has to realize it is no joke & say he is sorry. And unless there is something more than we know, unless he is convicted of a felony, this is not "moral turpitude" or grounds for voiding his contract.

Posted by: kauf5413 | January 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Folks, Gilbert Arenas doesn't have the First Amendment right like we do to criticize the referees. If he criticizes the refs, he can be fined or suspended.

If we criticize the refs nothing will happen.

That's because Arenas is party to a contract with the NBA giving the league the right to limit his rights.

This is the league punishing him; not the government.

Second, you may have the right to own a gun in DC but the DC government can place restrictions on that right. Like having to register it.

Arenas didn't follow those laws.

This isn't that complicated.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I though Arenas was supposed to be a shooting guard.

Yes, Delonte West of the Cleveland Cavaliers was arrested last summer for carrying three weapons while riding a motorcycle in Maryland. I believe various charges are still pending. Arenas is in deeper doo-doo because he had his weapon inside the locker room.

Posted by: jimk8mr | January 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"If one of my co-workers brought a pistol to work, I would leave immediately and I would not return until that co-worker was no longer around. It's a good thing that the rest of the team didn't walk out...
Posted by: JoStalin"

With a screen name like JoStalin? Wouldn't you send him to the gulag?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad the NBA has done this, because he is an arrogant, simple, young-azz fool. What in the hell do these guys be thinking about. Just absolutely rediculous. Keep your craziness at home with your family. We don't want to see this. It's already enough madness going on in this world as it is. I'm sick of hearing, seeing and reading about this craziness from these so-called professionals!!!!!! I am a parent of a 6 year old who is sick and tired of having to explain these dumb-ass, high paid athletes issues to him. Where are the role models for our kids????????????????

A pissed off parent.

Posted by: LadyTBug4Life | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Your grammar makes me scared that you are a parent.

Posted by: dominic10464 | January 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Void the contract Ernie. Used to be the biggest Arenas fan, but I'm tired of seeing the Wiz loses and Gil be the face of the franchise. D-Wade, Carmello, Lebron are all smart enough to let their play define them; not goofball antics and shucking the leadership role. Grow up Gil and move on to another team, if you're allowed back in the league.

Posted by: uasport1 | January 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gooddad:
You really are brain dead! I've now read it all with you blaming Arenas' behavior on the Bushies! WOW, you need help and adult supervision!

Posted by: rogerherd | January 6, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Gil did not have the right to violate his $100-plus million contract and carry guns into Verizon Center. Courts have historically interpreted the 2nd Amendment in a way that allows for restrictions on guns possession. Common Law.

Posted by: GD1975 | January 6, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This is really a shame for Gilbert. BUT he is responsible for his behavior and must pay the piper for his transgression.

Imagine how his former coach, Lewt Olson, must feel! HE was a stand up guy and player, like all U of A players are..one exception, and he is dead now.

All leagues need to bear down on behavior like this.

Posted by: Hoiveykid | January 6, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I disagree this team is better without Gil. He clearly had to play himself back into shape but the glimpses were good ones and coach was clearly making strides to cut down on Gil's 'if you can see the basket, shoot the ball' ideology. Getting Gil to grasp that improves defense as well ... so Gil's a plus plus everytime on the floor.

But now .. who matches the other scoring teams? Gil's that difference maker, the reason he got the bucks. A push for the number 8 slot could have been made but now?

I have no idea why he did what he did last night. To me it didn't make him a criminal or lower than a worm but as a fan it made me wonder why bother. His team mates egging him on .. they don't care. Too bad, the team had so much potential. It'd been nice to wipe that collective smirk off the Cav's faces.

Posted by: tslats | January 6, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

arenas--

the stupidest thing you can ever do is go around and flash an unloaded gun

someone may return fire in self defense

with REAL bullets

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz tried to convert Arenas into a point guard this year. But it had not been working out well. So Arenas just wanted to make it emphatically clear that he's best as a shooting guard.

And now he is a suspended shooting guard.

Posted by: Monty2 | January 6, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas is easily the most clueless athlete in Washington. Well, Clinton Portis comes close but at least he is smart enough to steer clear of things that will land him in jail.

For Arenas to get on TV and point fingers like a gun at his teammates with all the media swirl around his prior antics, the only conclusion is that he is just an idiot.

He is not a thug.

A thug is a guy that seeks to create criminal mischief, a guy looking for trouble.

Arenas isn't that.

He's just a guy that doesn't think the normal rules apply to him and that he is protected as an NBA player from having to think about the things he is going to do.

The entire incident is something you would expect of a 12 year old.

I didn't think the Wizards should have resigned Arenas anyway, for other 'basketball' reasons, but his emotional immaturity was one additional reason not to give him $111M.

Posted by: leopard09 | January 6, 2010 5:08 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.

Can't wait for Leonsis to take the helm. Washington's far and away best owner

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

It is unfortunate that it had to come to this but Gilbert was being disrespectful to his teammates and fans. It may have been a joke in the locker room but when you keep pushing it in management's face they have to take action to ensure that others don't follow pursuit.

If nothing else is learned from this it is that Gilbert understand that life is not always a joke and to state that he did not have remorse because it was a joke is immature for a man. If nothing else his remorse should be the example he is setting in his family life. He was only raised to play basketball and show no accountability to his personal actions. Remember how he blamed the coaching staff for not forcing him to stop over doing it during his knee rehab. NOW, you are accounable for your actions.

I am a season ticket holder and feel that some of my money is lost, but if Gilbert becomes a better man it is worth it.

Gilbert please take this time to soak all this in and become a better person. Basketball will be here, there are too many lives cut short because of their "clownning" ways.

Peace be with you and your family.

Posted by: jvd1 | January 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

About time!!! This was very needed and hopefully it sends a strong message to the rest of NBA players and professional athletes that this sort of behavior is not going to be tolerated. I hope that Mr. Arenas can constructively use his time off to do some reflecting. If he does not then he'll never amount to much as a person or as a professional athlete. I also see his behavior as someone clearly in trouble and doing continuing to do the wrongs things for attention and help. Gilbert needs to put his ego to the side and ask for help. Clearly, there are a lot going on both on and off the court that has him behaving this way. Until he comes to grips with what he's done and continues to mock afterwards, he'll stay in trouble and risk losing a promising career, if that has not happened already with this suspension. No one is above the law and yet he continues to act as if he is. Use this time off to grow up and surround yourself with a spiritual influences and positive role models who are interested in telling you the truth while guiding you to become a mature, responsible MAN.

Posted by: 40acres | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

am so glad the NBA has done this, because he is an arrogant, simple, young-azz fool. What in the hell do these guys be thinking about. Just absolutely rediculous. Keep your craziness at home with your family. We don't want to see this. It's already enough madness going on in this world as it is. I'm sick of hearing, seeing and reading about this craziness from these so-called professionals!!!!!! I am a parent of a 6 year old who is sick and tired of having to explain these dumb-ass, high paid athletes issues to him. Where are the role models for our kids????????????????

A pissed off parent.

Posted by: LadyTBug4Life
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Where is your kid's father? Obviously he's a "simple, young-azz fool" who wasn't man enough to stick around and be the true role model for your son..."hello kettle I'm pot and you're black!"

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

According to the ESPN.com report on this suspension, Stern originally ordered the Wizards to wait until after the criminal investigation before taking any action. Unfortunately, the more than two week wait between this series of events on Dec. 21 and the suspension today simply empowered Arenas to further embarrass himself, the Wizards and the NBA with his display last night in Philly. Examples of this conduct and "response" are indicative of why the NBA as a sport is struggling. For too long, the thuggish, underclass behavior of top stars has been condoned and, whether or not intentionally, in many respects, encouraged. It's not worth going into how gun violence is glorified in movies and other pop-culture outlets, which presents its own similar set of issues. But this particular episode involves not movies but actual guns and actual misconduct by a star. Why - because he brings in $$$ for the Wizards and the NBA that we as fans pony up. Shame, shame . . . on the NBA, the Wizards, Gilbert and all of us as fans who have allowed this to happen. Suspending Gilbert is proper, but if we think this solves the underlying problem of gun glorification by stars in the NBA, then have another think. The smiling faces of Gilbert's teammates on the front page of today's sports section speaks even more volumes about the problem that must be overcome. Gilbert may or may not ever realize what he has done wrong in this case. And his teammates also may not understand their transgressions here. Before another suspension must be meted out, or heaven forbid, there is a locker room or arena shooting to deal with, it is time that the NBA took a very hard look at its culture and how to redirect the attitudes of its stars toward the better angels of our nature.

Posted by: redskins_9 | January 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

laughing out loud (still)
the only 'defense' Mr. Arenas could muster
was 4 little pistols...

see ya in the euro leagues next season
w/all the wannabees'/has beens' Gil...

thug4life -
not...

Posted by: tindal0s | January 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The NBA has significant problems. First, there is an ever growing number of people who find the product in its present derivation unappealing [the 40" vertical leap and driving dunk over 3 players has supplanted real technical skills (setting screens, passing, blocking out on rebounds), along with integrity situational officiating]; Second, increasing numbers of potential or former followers/fans find the on court gratuitious body language, off court life styles and conduct of these multi-millionaires offensive [remember they play in billion dollar venues that are tax payer subsidized selling add revenue over airwaves that are owned by the people]; Third, the NBA [unlike the NFL] has done an extremely poor job of educating [if this is possible] its players on their role in the business model in terms of their public and private conduct. The really sad thing is that the typical reaction of most of the public is "So what do you expect from this crowd" [Which incidentally statistically is 90% African America] Which I guess could be labeled as a form of soft bigotry. But if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims like a duck????? I have made in individual decision (which I relentlessly encourage others to ratify) to not watch, attend or in anyway subscribe to the product. Instead I spend my time writing my Congressman urging him to pass legislation that outlaws taxpayer funding of arenas, removes the IRS deduction for business expense of any season ticket holder (If they love it so much let it come out of their bottom line) and treat existing taxpayer build areas as imputed income to the league and owners. Being a true free market capitalist I believe the best way to discourage or eliminate counduct is through economic disincentives. No social protest necessary, just make the league pay for itself. Presently it is one huge Federal/State/County/City "Entitlement Program" where the owners are predominatly Billionaires and the players Millionaires.

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

This is obviously 100% Gilbert's fault. But the entire chain of events began years ago when this franchise gave him unlimited rope to do whatever he wanted--and repeatedly dis his coaches--with zero consequences. This was a franchise desperate to win; Gilbert helped them win (for a while); and he never learned any boundries for his failure to respect authority.

Posted by: jweber1 | January 6, 2010 5:29 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.

Can't wait for Leonsis to take the helm. Washington's far and away best owner

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

All leagues need to bear down on this behavior. Whether it is is PGA, NFL, NBA, MLB, congressman/woman there needs to be strict adherence to policies and the law. Why should there be any difference for law makers who inadvertently carry a weapon thru TSA?

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

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