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Brady Campaign statement about Arenas

Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement about Washington Wizards basketball player Gilbert Arenas:

"If Gilbert Arenas brought firearms into the District of Columbia and stored them at the Verizon Center sports arena in violation of the law, he should be taken from the basketball court to a courtroom. If found guilty, he should be punished to the full extent of the law, including jail time if appropriate.
"If the facts that have been reported in the media are accurate, Mr. Arenas violated the most fundamental rule of responsible gun owners: treat every gun as if it were loaded. Guns are not toys, and should not be treated as a joke.
"Too many cities with National Basketball Association franchises -- cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Orlando, Chicago and Washington D.C. - also have profound gun violence problems. In a city where children die in drive-by shootings, an NBA player who is reckless with firearms is far from a role model. America's athletic community can and should use its clout and prestige to push for desperately needed positive reforms to address our nation's horrific gun violence problem."

(James Brady was White House Press Secretary for President Reagan when on March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, attempted to assassinate the president, and shot both Reagan, Brady, and two law enforcement officers. Brady suffered a serious head wound that left him partially paralyzed for life.)

By Alexa Steele  |  January 6, 2010; 1:19 PM ET
 
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Gilbert is done for the year, ground-swell of negative public opinion is really building.

Posted by: closg | January 6, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The self-righteous mob mentality that relentlessly pursued Tiger Woods for his transgressions has turned its focus onto a new subject of scorn. Woe be to the man who inherits their wrath!

Posted by: MeviousMan | January 6, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The self-righteous mob mentality that relentlessly pursued Tiger Woods for his transgressions has turned its focus onto a new subject of scorn. Woe be to the man who inherits their wrath!

Posted by: MeviousMan | January 6, 2010 1:38 PM

I could not agree more!

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

And the beat goes on. People are really sold on the soap that is GILBERT. Wake me when he's done and the cancer is gone.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 6, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This statement is so over the top I'm speechless. For them weight in on this subject shows a complete attempt to get their name in the news.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I didn't see any statements from Brady or Al when the Congressman from Virginia was rolling through DC with a loaded piece.

Anybody that tells me Justice is blind is full of it.

That girl can see pretty well.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Must be that Congressman have more rights than basketball players.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Must be that Congressman have more rights than basketball players.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Must be that Congressman have more rights than basketball players.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

With the retirement and health care they have why wouldn't they think so at least.?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 6, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The Verizon Center or the Beltway, I know the NBA rule but it would seem a bit nonsensical to suspend Gilbert outright for the rest of the year, and the Beltway Bandit is still shooting hoops with BronBron.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is, all of this outrage is rooted in Peter Vescey's original NY Post article that there was a 2-gun showdown between Arenas and Crittenton, which appears to have absolutely no basis in truth. So all of this finger-wagging and tongue-clicking is based on a lie. Because if the story had been reported accurately from the get-go, the reaction would have been vastly different.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 6, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Some things they get away with. We are held to a higher level of accountability. Justice is Just-Us. They want to tear us down so quick. Just like they acted like Vick was the Godfather of Dogfighting. Gilbert with an unloaded gun in some peoples mind is ground for contract termination. Why not just lynch him like they did Emmitt Till for whistling a woman.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 6, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

And where was the Brady Campaign when Stephen Jackson was given a slap on the risk for discharging (multiple times) a gun in public? This is all just a bunch of piling on, people seeing a big media moment and trying to slice of a piece of the public attention for themselves.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 6, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mevious Man: I can't beleive what i've been reading you're right this is the worst of the mob mentality one could ever imagine,you would think Gil had raped and murdered a child I mean damn where's the due process, he did something stupid no question about that, but what bothers me most is that SOMEONE! on the team had to leak the story to the media otherwise it's a non issue that could have been handled internally. Now everyone is holier than thou and screaming to throw Arenas in jail and suspend him until the end of time. I swear if he hadn't signed that huge contract then i seriously doubt we would have this much publicity, now we got certain people ready to run him out of town as if their houses can stand scrutiny if you get the idea that i'm p#$$ed off you win the brass-ass ring,yeah run him out of town and watch this team go right in the tank for the rest of the decade, so good luck with that, fine him yes, a minor suspension yes, probation yes, but run him out of town NO!

Posted by: dargregmag | January 6, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag

exactly! These people are so fake it is pitiful.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 6, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah it sucks for Gil that people are still in the frame of mind that he basically pulled a gun on a teammate in the locker room.

Stern may give him a longer suspension because he was in an NBA locker room...that's the only grounds he has to do that. I just wish Gil would stop with the pretending to shoot his teammates...not a good idea to make people think that you're mocking or don't care about a serious situation.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The NBA may have its way with Gilbert because they have clearly addressed their policies referenced guns in the League.

However, the District may have a problem, Houston.

It is not coincidence that there gun law is being litigated to the Supreme Court.

Mere possesion of a gun in DC is a Felon. I think the Supreme Court will rull in favor of striking this law down.

It will affect Gilberts case should the district charge him to the full extent of their current law.

I am sure his lawyers will fight this. However, all of this will have nothing to do with what the NBA does.

It appears that Gilbert dosen't have any chance of the NBA and the Wizards not ruining him for bringing 4 unloaded guns into the VC.

Shucks, if he just rolled through like the Congressman, the NBA still probably would have slammed him.

And really, lets get real, it should make a difference whether the guns were loaded or not. In fact, there hasn't been any report of ammo anywhere re: those guns.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert I support you 100%

Posted by: Gooddad | January 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"I just wish Gil would stop with the pretending to shoot his teammates...not a good idea to make people think that you're mocking or don't care about a serious situation."

that foolishness alone is probably enough for Stern to lay an extra 10 games on him

Posted by: divi3 | January 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

And I don't think nobody who supports Gil thinks he shouldn't be punished. But to y'all that want his contract terminated over some silliness, and that does not mean guns aren't serious, but his act was silly, please grow up. The charge will be possession, not murder. Not assault. But y'all acting like it is. People have gotten away with lot more and then others are in jail on trumped up charges. Y'all don't say sh_t about that. It aint the contract, it is a black man with a contract that is the real issue.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"It aint the contract, it is a black man with a contract that is the real issue. "

Not really. As far as the reaction around here is concerned, I doubt race has much to do with it for most people. Some people had already made Arenas their personal scapegoat for the team's problems and this just provides them a handy excuse to agitate for his exile with the added bonus of being able to self-righteously claim to be addressing some kind of serious social ill.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 6, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree divi...I can just see Stern being like "He thinks it's a joke" and making it worse.

I just can't believe Karl Malone opened his mouth AT ALL.

I guess he takes better care of his guns than his children.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

just can't believe Karl Malone opened his mouth AT ALL.

I guess he takes better care of his guns than his children.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Officially putting all differences aside with SDMDTSU. Best comment of the year.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU: Hardly ever agree with you on EJ but you're right on point concerning Malone never had any respect for that piece of sh#t and the way he treated his daughter basically having John Stockton embarrass him into taking responsibility and accepting fatherhood.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 6, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The primary reason is about guns. Race, contract they all support the overall story but it's about violence and the work this country is trying to do to maintain it.

Guns are designed to kill. Guns are not a joke, and Arenas still thinks it is.. He is going to get slammed for this, it's going to take a real good suspension to knock him into the overall geo-political reality of everyday life.

Ignorance is not bliss...

Posted by: BulletsForEva | January 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The self-righteous mob mentality that relentlessly pursued Tiger Woods for his transgressions has turned its focus onto a new subject of scorn. Woe be to the man who inherits their wrath!

Posted by: MeviousMan | January 6, 2010 1:38 PM

I could not agree more!


Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 1:40 PM


Tiger Woods was reportedly seen doing cartwheels in his driveway when the Arenas gun(s) story broke.

Posted by: and_1 | January 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

For everyone here acting like this isn't a big deal, I do not understand your point: at the most basic level, our highest paid and best player is looking at a lengthly suspension when we NEED him most on the court to help us turn the season around.

Maybe you don't think the punishment will fit the crime, fair enough, but Arenas is worthless to us sitting on the bench serving a suspension that he brought all on himself. THIS IS A BIG DEAL

Posted by: S2DU | January 6, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

S2DU

I agree with that. I do think he needs to be suspended. He messed up. But to call for his contract to be terminated is ridiculous.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

more than 10 games suspension sounds ridiculous, who's been suspended from the NBA for guns for more than 10 games? where's the precedant? that's not to say that Gil is in the clear, but when you look at the facts, it just doesn't seem like anyone HAS to lock Gil up or terminate his contract. Best case he could get probation from DC courts and maybe somewhere between 10-15 games suspension. but we'll be straight as long as we have haywood right kevenjones?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone put things under a microscope?

Look at the big picture…anytime someone who does something wrong, tries to either cover it up or does not speak to the public, the media is going to make things up.

All Gil and the Wizards had to do from the first day was explain what happened and the media wouldn’t get away with printing rumors?

BUT THEY DIDN”T…I wonder why?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Agreed G-Man, though the BEST thing for the organization going forward would be to void his contract, no matter how un-American that is....

And yes I think we forget how young these players are at times, but the finger guns thing before the game last night was tacky and classless. What seems scary to me is he still does not get that what he did was incredibly stupid and irresponsible and could put him in jail without his millions.

Posted by: S2DU | January 6, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This is what it comes down to.
They want the contract terminated because it's convenient. Team isn't winning and they wanna get from under the contract.

If they were winning and he was playing at a high level...nobody would be talking about the contract. They would be more concerned with the punishment.

You see nobody is talking about terminating Critt's contract.

Because it doesn't matter.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"They want the contract terminated because it's convenient."

No not convenience, because he is not a franchise player and floor leader and is being paid like one. He has the worst contract in the NBA and his foolishness has given the Wizards a chance to restart. Opportunistic perhaps, but not convenient.

Posted by: S2DU | January 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Please let this happen.

VOID THAT CONTRACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: beas13 | January 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

No not convenience, because he is not a franchise player and floor leader and is being paid like one. He has the worst contract in the NBA and his foolishness has given the Wizards a chance to restart. Opportunistic perhaps, but not convenient.

What your statement sounds like is convenient. "chance to restart" sounds convenient to me.

If they were 21-10...nobody would be screaming to terminate.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

All of those making comments "This is not a big deal" "He didn't do anything really wrong" "Well no one said anything when this person or that person did it" You are in fact what is wrong with the criminal justice system. I do not know for certain what Mr. Arenas did, I was not there and thus far no sworn testimony has been given in a trial court.
But if Mr. Arenas' version of events as addressed in his statement is true then he is guilty of numerous gun crimes.
And that ladies and gentleman is where we as Jurors and as Citizens need to stop. The rule of law is as it is written and if we serve as a jury we decide simply that the facts either violate the law or they do not.
What happens to Mr. Arenas if he were to be found guilty is not my concern, nor do I have a say in the matter. A judge makes that determination. If we as the citizenry do not like that individuals are receiving too stiff or too lenient sentences we inform our elected officials or in some jurisdictions we elect a new judge. But our emotions regarding his guilt or innocence are inconsequential. Those who believe guilt is somehow tied to his socio-economic position, his ball handling skills, his gender, or his creed do a disservice to all of us.

Guilt and innocence are cold sterile concepts and we should treat them as such.

As for the constitutionality of the gun laws of DC perhaps you should look at District of Columbia v. Heller. The case is fairly benign and it does nothing to exculpate the alleged actions of Mr. Arenas.

So if Mr. Arenas’s actions are those that his own statement laid out he is guilty of a number of crimes. I am unaware of what his sentencing guidelines would be so I have no opinion of jail, fine, community service or any and all.

Stop looking at this like its personal its not.

Posted by: Hank4 | January 6, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"If they were 21-10...nobody would be screaming to terminate"

True and if my Dad was the President I would live in the White House. So what? They are not 21-10 and with the indefinite suspension just handed down they are very unlikely to make the run needed to make the playoffs. So a third season down the drain from your franchise player, this time by something he did, not an unavoidable injury.

Wonder if Gilbert is going to pay off the rest of my season tickets for this season, as they will be worthless by Valentines Day, just like last season. Thanks for the F-U to this season ticket holder Gil-

Posted by: S2DU | January 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

He damaged his life and the wiz season.He act bad.He still try to joke.I think we all did not like what he did but i personaly will continue to support him at least in my heart since he did show me something i did not see in washington uniform for years, but i am not willing to let him continue to play for wiz once he is proven guilty.

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

106.7 The Fan just reported that Stern has suspended Gil with no pay, and he stated that Gilberts continueing conduct is unfit for the League.

LarryInClintonMD.

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

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