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Morning brew: Arenas reaches plea agreement

While most of the Wizards are preparing to play the Bulls in Chicago tonight, guard Gilbert Arenas will appear in court in Washington this afternoon. Yesterday Arenas was charged with one count of carrying a pistol without a licence, a felony, and he has reached a plea agreement that could result in reduced or no jail time. Also, police searched Javaris Crittenton's apartment for a gun, but did not find one.

Meanwhile, Mike Wise and Michael Lee report that the relationship between the team and Arenas is severely damaged.

Columnist Tracee Hamilton wonders if the felony charge was enough to get Arenas's undivided attention.

On his blog, Mike Jones recounts what we know so far, and plays a game of what-if?

Truth About It asks: Has a franchise ever been at a crossroads like the Washington Wizards?

And Bullets Forever's Mike Prada shares his thoughts on the fractured relationship between Arenas and the team.

Ken Berger at CBSSports.com says the Wizards should not benefit from Arenas's dilemma.

At Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski believes that a Wizards-Arenas divorce won't be easy.

Around the League ...

There were two games last night. Here are highlights, courtesy of NBA.com:


By Alexa Steele  |  January 15, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
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"Until Gilbert realizes none of this would have happened if he hadn't brought guns in the locker room and accepts responsibility for his actions, he won't be welcomed back anywhere," said an NBA official on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation."

no doubt there.

how about this from the league too though:

"Until the Washington Wizards admit they fostered a team environment that facilitated at least two players bringing at least one loaded gun into the locker room, the organization will remain the pile of sh!t it's been for 30 years until further notice."

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

dejaun blair? never heard of him. is that the kid whose kness were supposed to go out a month ago, but is tearin it up in SA?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 15, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse


That's the one...

For a guy who apparently isn't able to jump, I'm wondering how he tore down 20+ rebounds the other night.

Did anyone see the game?

Did he have a step-ladder?

Was he playing midgets?

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Don't blame the Org. for trying to get out of the contract.

Don't like that he has to be made a villian in order to do so. Comes of as phony "Holier Than Thou" by a horrib;y run franchise.

Can't stand the hate for pro athletes displayed by much of the public.

Hate that one of the best players the franchise has had in a while has got issues.

Wish we could get some Real Ballers in here.

Disgusted at the clown show BS that's going on instead of progress.

Posted by: millineumman | January 15, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

the funny thing is, Arenas is by far the best player in the entire nba that could realistically be playing here in the next few seasons.

There isnt going to be a DWade or Lebron. Or a Boozer. Or anyone else worth much of anything.

As the song goes...love the one you're with?

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I hope that Gil does not have to serve any jail time. A long suspension should be enough to get his attention. I still lay some of this at the Wizards feet for one reason - until this they never drew a line with him. They knew he had no boundaries but never stepped in to correct his abberant behavior. The last straw should have been when he defecated in a teammate's shoe. That signaled that he has some deep seated issues and he needed help outside of the basketball arena. That to me is worse than the guns. While it is likely BS, at least Arenas has explanation for the guns in the lockerroom. There's no way to explain defecating in someone's shoe.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 15, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The seriousness of what Gilbert Arenas did is imbodied in the fact that just to carry guns across state lines is a felony. A federal crime.

However, the act in and of itself does not reach the severity of numerous other acts committed by NBA players.

The union and certainly the players would not want the Wizards to be validated in voiding the contract, for it would end up being a very low standard of what meets the criteria of moral inturpitude.

LarryInClintonMD.

Larry - you should know what you are talking about before you say something. I can take a gun from VA to NC, TN, WV, KY and probably MD with no problem, as long as it isn't "concealed."

If I want to go hunting in Wyoming, I can put a rifle or 15 of them on a plane, as long as they are checked baggage, unloaded and locked. When I get to Wyoming, I don't even have to let anyone know.

At least in VA, but in most places except DC, I don't have to register my gun or anything like that. It is smart to register it, though it isn't a law. Unless I am going to conceal it, I don't need a permit, either. Heck in VA, I can wear it legally walking down the street, as long as it is in plain site and not pointed at anyone or used in a "threatening manner."

I know, I know...in DC its different, but don't go claiming BS about it being a federal felony to cross state lines with gun.

Plus...after three days of talking about it, I would have guessed that even a moderately interested person would know by now that it is "moral Turpitude." not INturpitude.

Even though it is only about Blair, I am glad to talk about anything BB after all this time of people who don't know jack spouting off their "Law & Order" fantasies about the law or contracts or whatever.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Word from the "Big House" is that the Warden wanted to make up for the tough loss during the recent "Longest Yard" football game by staging another prison-vs-prison ball game -- but this time, on the hard courts.

To improve his chances, the Warden went to the prosecutors to see if they could bring in a few ringers -- and soon after, Gibert the Wiz Kid was charged wih felony gun possession.

All was well and good -- and everyone laughed about it all, of course, that is until deviant lifer Chester the Molester decided he wanted to make GA his bunk buddy.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 15, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"The last straw should have been when he defecated in a teammate's shoe. That signaled that he has some deep seated issues and he needed help outside of the basketball arena."

That was what, 4 or 5 yrs ago and part of rookie hazing?

I suppose I have deep seated issues, because that doesnt seem quite as atrocious to me as the general response to it has been.

Didnt Bob Knight waddle out of the can with his own sh!t on a piece of toilet paper as a 'lesson' to his team once?

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

There's no way to explain defecating in someone's shoe.

He was just teaching Blatche that one should always check inside one's shoes before putting them on. I'm sure it's a lesson Blatche applies everytime he gets dressed in that locker room.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse


dejaun blair? never heard of him. is that the kid whose kness were supposed to go out a month ago, but is tearin it up in SA?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 15, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse


That's the one...

For a guy who apparently isn't able to jump, I'm wondering how he tore down 20+ rebounds the other night.

Did anyone see the game?

Did he have a step-ladder?

Was he playing midgets?


Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

good thing we picked up that 250k in the second round of the draft, otherwise we'd really have egg on our face. 12-25 teams best player MIA, at least we got THA CASH givin us good mins off the bench. EG is a genius.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 15, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

A Teddy P song woulda been a more appropriate reference, but you can't deny Lutha.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 15, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

i thought the wiz had assembled a decent team this year. it looked like they had all the pieces needed to be competitive, make the playoffs, and then maybe get lucky and win a few games. sure it was expected to take a while to gel - new coach, new system, a ton of new players - that was a given.

instead the wheels have fallen off. there's enough blame to go around everywhere, from the current ownership vaccuum, the gm's mis-handling of his star player (first overpaying him, now trying to run him out of town), too many players thinking they can be "goofy gils", and all the way to the team trainer who can't seem to keep the team healthy enough to compete.

i love the pollins, but it's time to change the guard asap - how long will it take to transition to the leonsis regime? this organization is in serious need of some adult supervision.

Posted by: rm0659 | January 15, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't think voiding the contract is the answer - even if they are successful, what big team free agent is going to want to sign a long term deal with a team that just voided one?!?!


Posted by: diamond11 | January 15, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

They are saying on ESPN that Gil will serve a 30 to 90 day jail sentence. They are also saying the Wiz will definitely try to void his contract.

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

don't think voiding the contract is the answer - even if they are successful, what big team free agent is going to want to sign a long term deal with a team that just voided one?!?!


Posted by: diamond11 | January 15, 2010


My answer is most of the free agents would if the money was right because only about 2 percemt of the nba players would be stupid enough after signing a max money deal to go out and do something stupid enough to give the team cause to try and void it LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 15, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I heard that the Cavs wants Antawn Jam. for big Z & feels he is the last piece for a championship run. That being said why the wiz is not trading him with "z" exp. contract. Im sure Cleveland would throw in a 1 round pick. I would ask for 2011 fist round just in case James leave they should suck next year & that should be a lottery pick easily. What the hell is Ernie waiting on "DO IT,Dammm it"

Posted by: dsquare | January 15, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"stupid enough to give the team cause to try and void it"

i bet "anal with random white chick" is pretty high on the list of activities nba players get into, and we all say how close that came to ending Kobe's career.

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

stupid enough to give the team cause to try and void it"

i bet "anal with random white chick" is pretty high on the list of activities nba players get into, and we all say how close that came to ending Kobe's career.


Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 12:14 PM

1 BIG problem Kobe bought his way out of a conviction lol I am sure arenas would also if he could LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 15, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

d square:

We've been hearing that for at least a year, so no news with that scenario. The reason he doesn't do it is because big Z adds nothing to this team. I'd even take haywood over him, because he can only play for 5 min at a time.

As far as picks go: a proven 20/9 guy is worth far more than 1 1st rounder. If they offered us every 1st rounder until 2015, I'd still want something now.

Maybe we can trade him for Blair.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

yeah, eff that AJ for BigZ crap. Hand Cavs the championship and get what in return? The 30th pick in the 1st round or something?

Just to get AJ off the books?

No way. Keep AJ until someone offers real value

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 11:55 AM

The fact that you can defend that on any level says a lot.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 15, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Wojnarowski is an idiot for writing an article in a way that suggests that Gil should have lied. I respect Gil for trusting his team. Part of the problem is that Abe is gone. Abe in his prime would have gotten out in front of this thing. He would have scheduled meetings with the commissioner. He would have gotten Arenas involved in community service immediately. Arenas would have become the new poster boy for the anti-gun movement. Crittendon would have been cut. By all accounts, Gil messed up and then fessed up, and then was cut loose and given no guidance. He shouldn't have done the gun mockery in the warmup, but honestly, it broke the ice with his teammates and they had a decent game. Would the same behavior have been an issue if Arenas never owned any guns, and he had merely been threatened by Crit with a loaded weapon? He's a big name, so the league is making a big example, but they really have picked the wrong guy. He's a clown, not a gangsta.

Posted by: bermudml | January 15, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Blurred & divi3
What the hell are both of you talking about. I dont want big Z. You do the trade to get out of Antawns contract. If we did the trade I hope he never suit up for the team, plus him and bredan hate each other, so you have to buy him out. Another thing you can get additional 1 round draft pick out the deal. Its time to rebuild. Plus Blair/Antawn contract dont match, so try again.

Posted by: dsquare | January 15, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

*hops in on a pogo stick*

what's goin on?
Everybody still playing amateur lawyer today?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"The fact that you can defend that on any level says a lot.

Posted by: learnedhand1"

What it says is I played organized sports and was in a frat in college. Guys do retarded things in the name of 'comedy.'

yeah what Gil did was over the line, but to say it's worse than bringing the guns into the locker room says quite a bit about you doesnt it?

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards management is despicable. You reap what you sow.
And this team is now dead in the water for years to come. No free agent with a memory will sign here and no free agent already on the team will stay here. We have become the lepers of the NBA.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 12:53 PM

But no one ever defecated in peoples shoes or on their personal property during your participation in organized sports and in your frat right?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 15, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

And if they did, something was probably wrong with them too.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 15, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

yeah what Gil did was over the line, but to say it's worse than bringing the guns into the locker room says quite a bit about you doesnt it?

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 12:53 PM

Don't paint yourself in a corner now.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 15, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards management is despicable. You reap what you sow.
And this team is now dead in the water for years to come. No free agent with a memory will sign here and no free agent already on the team will stay here. We have become the lepers of the NBA.

Posted by: dovelevine

The Wizards' management -- hell, the Wizards' OWNERSHIP -- is about to change dramatically when Ted Leonsis takes over the team. The proof is in the pudding. Ted Leonsis took a Pollin-owned franchise, purged it of overpriced veterans, and made it one of the top franchises in hockey.

I have no fears about what free agents think of current ownership and management. Current management and ownership will be irrelevant shortly, along with the current roster. If you're an NBA free agent worried about whether the Wizards will back you after you bring guns to your place of work, the Wizards don't need you anyway.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 15, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Ted is going to sell the team. I don't understand the Ted love affair.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 15, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ted is going to sell the team. I don't understand the Ted love affair.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 15, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse


?
Why would he sell the team?

The only reason he got/stayed involved with the Caps (a team on which he's losing $$) was to get his hands on the Wiz.

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"i bet "anal with random white chick" is pretty high on the list of activities nba players get into, and we all say how close that came to ending Kobe's career."

Not that close, really.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 15, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Why would he sell the team?

The only reason he got/stayed involved with the Caps (a team on which he's losing $$) was to get his hands on the Wiz.

Chris Broussard reported it on Coast to Coast. That's what I was told. I'm at work so I can't say for certain.

I think he's doing just fine with the Caps anyway.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 15, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Leonsis bought into Abe's company was to get ownership of the Wiz. The Caps were a consolation prize. If he didn't want to own the team then there's be no reason for him to buy it in the first place, because the team's at its low ebb value now and is probably several years (and lots of hard work and luck) away from improving its value).

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Ted Leonsis ain't gonna sell the team. Trust me. He will rebuild the team, create a fan friendly environment, and produce at least a respectable team worthy of the fans and the community.....

Trust that.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I think he's doing just fine with the Caps anyway.

Posted by: SDMDTSU

From a 6/3/09 WaPo Q&A w Ted:

Washington, D.C.: In the long run a sports franchise, like any business, must be profitable, right? Are the Caps on track to profitability?

Ted Leonsis: Nope, we have a long way to go. Last season, as an example, we inceased player payroll more than we increased revenues, hence, we actually lost more money last year than the year before. But we can't spend any more on players as we are at cap max, so our losses should go down over the coming years

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey...I'm just going off what I heard.

Ted is not going to magically save the Wizards...geez.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 15, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Arenas already saved the wiz.There is no need to trade AJ unless he is demanding.
Send CB some where for a decent young SF and 1st round pick.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 15, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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