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Morning brew: Gilbert Arenas pleads, Wizards lose again

It was an eventful Friday, as Gilbert Arenas had his day in court. Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license. Sentencing is set for March 26.

Statements were made by the team and Arenas's lawyer. A slightly different statement came from Adidas, which announced late Friday it was dropping Arenas.

Michael Wilbon thinks it's time for fresh starts for the team and Arenas.

Curious about the guns in question? They are more than just "bling" according to area gun dealers.

And this was all before the Wizards went out and lost in double overtime to the Chicago Bulls, 121-119, at United Center on Friday night. More postgame thoughts from Michael Lee here.

With the Wizards' losing streak now at four games, the Post's pop music blog wonders if their fans will ever rejoice to "Tear Da Club Up" again. With the Wizards set to start a six-game homestand on Saturday and eight of the next nine at Verizon Center, they'll have ample opportunity to find out.

As usual, game highlights courtesy of NBA.com after the jump:

Around the League...

NBA.com's Daily Zap gets you caught up on a loaded Friday night slate, 13 games in all:

By Ed Guzman  |  January 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Caron Butler; gun charges; felony; plead guilty  
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Comments

Now that's funny. If you could just dedicate 10 seconds to thinking about your posts before you post them, you wouldn't spew nonsense.
They are supposed to give you a probable all-star big man, a developing 8th pick that they are very excited about, a serviceable point guard for a convicted felon that's owed $90 million dollars and couldn't play a lick of defense on his best days???

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 16, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse


I said I'd "take" them.

Meaning those are the only 3 guys on the Knicks roster that I'd be interested in for playing purposes (as opposed to expiring contract purposes).

Posted by: p1funk | January 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I do wonder why the judge is taking his sweet time for sentencing. However, it might mean that there is no haste to give him jail time i.e. none at all.

The amount of money Gill is loosing on top of what the courts could fine him might be considered punishment enough.

Surprising though as to Gilbert is even talked about being a good player by Walsh and how Walsh was able to move Artest and Jackson.

You would think that Gilbert at this point would be 'persona non grata' by the League and that Stern has put the word out, but that isn't apparently the case.

Interesting, very interesting.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

You would think that Gilbert at this point would be 'persona non grata' by the League and that Stern has put the word out, but that isn't apparently the case.

Interesting, very interesting.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse


I think if Stern can punish Gil without the headache of a massive showdown with the Player's Union, he'd opt for that.

Any attempt to void GA's contract is going to result in that massive showdown.

If GA can get moved in a trade to a different team after serving a lengthy suspension, then everyone is happy.

The Wiz don't have to go through the messy process of pushing the big red "void" button, and get to move his contract out of town.

Stern gets his pound of flesh through some kind of suspension and the public humiliation of GA.

GA gets to make $$ and pick up his career someplace else and do his best to play nice with everyone, much to the pleasure of the Player's Union.

Posted by: p1funk | January 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"I do wonder why the judge is taking his sweet time for sentencing."

As has been reported in numerous articles, the judge is waiting for "a mandatory report from the court services division, which will interview Arenas and others." (quote from WP article yesterday) That report is expected in March.

Posted by: nmik | January 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I believe that a jail cell is not the right place for Arenas - he appears to be mentally ill. Specifically, he shows symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, possibly mixed with Antisocial Personality Disorder. The proper outcome is a suspended sentence contingent on a psychiatric evaluation and his continuing a course of treatment.

For details, see http://chuckdcoleman.blogspot.com/2010/01/does-gilbert-arenas-have-borderline.html .

Posted by: cnhrcoleman4 | January 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the Wizards aren't dumb enough to jettison him for a younger version of himself. Amare and Bosh are almost as soft as Jamison is, and we don't need to blow another max deal on an incomplete player.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 16, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Now this I like. We need a tough defensive complement to HAYWOOD.

At 6.0 mill currently, BRENDAN has to be signed for next year. It's gonna' take four million in all probability. So unless there's a trade of comparable contracts, he stays no matter what.

BUTLER has to convinced to stay and he must be extended over the summer. The organization has to get on their knees and beg. I'm sure he wants out.

BLATCHE can fill the role of tough defensive-minded player. Question is will he? He's under team control next year at 3.3 million. I would bump his pay for performance a couple of hundred thousand to let him know that the organization who let another player dump in his shoe and get away with it is changing for the better.

McGEE is controlled until the end of 2013 and cheap at 1.6 mill next year. He should stay.

OLBERTO, no to his 2.1 mill. Let him go.

McGUIRE is just a role player behind BUTLER, so resign for 1.0 million as insurance for injury to CARON. He does play some defense at least.

MILLER is needed and should be priority one, but at 9.75 mill., the WIZ probably can't sign him without a hefty cap hit as he will want a raise and the WIZ are way over the limit now with little relief in sight.

DeSHAWN is done, but signed for next year at 4.15......Whew!!!!! This is ugly.

FOYE is not a defensive player, but under team control next year with an 80% offer at 4.8 mill. Not a long-term answer.

NICK YOUNG may finally begin to follow JAMISON's lead rather than GOOF-BALL's, who knows, but he is no where near the complete player needed at the #2 spot.

CRITTENTON at 1.45 mill, gone next year.

JAMES' 6.45 mill ditto.

BOYKINS 1.2 mill xerox.

And all of this depends on the sword that is GA's contract hanging menacingly over the head of the franchise. Unless he is actually charged with a felony on the 26th of MARCH, GIL will haunt the finances of this club for the next FOUR and one-half years. And if that happens, they get exactly what they deserve. Equal responsibility all around, ownership, management, and players.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 16, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

One thing for sure though. Can't say Gilbert is as stupid as Plaxico. They offered Plaxico a plea of a month in jail and he turned it down.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't the WIZ need to trim about 10 mill just to get under the cap at this point?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

What a turn in events.

At the beginning of the season, Gilby was talking about Tim Grover and his rehab, and most importantly, about focusing on the team/game and not tweeting, blogging, etc.

Now, he's talking about jail time.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

believe that a jail cell is not the right place for Arenas - he appears to be mentally ill. Specifically, he shows symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, possibly mixed with Antisocial Personality Disorder. The proper outcome is a suspended sentence contingent on a psychiatric evaluation and his continuing a course of treatment.

Posted by: cnhrcoleman4 | January 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

If that were mandatory procedure before sentencing, 60% of the current inmate population would have to be released to state mental facilities, half-way houses or treatment centers.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

What I would like to see happen is for them to get a coach whom realizes that his own part in all of this is extremely pertinent and important to any success on the court.

Any coach and/or orgainization that does not understand what this really means will never win and compete for chamipionships.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"You would think that Gilbert at this point would be 'persona non grata' by the League and that Stern has put the word out, but that isn't apparently the case."

If Stern couldn't stop teams from acquiring the likes of Sprewell and Artest (who gave the league much bigger black eyes than Arenas), there's no reason to think he could bully them into blacklisting Arenas, however much he might want to.

The more immediate issue for the Wizards is that they're basically in limbo while this plays out. Assuming they'll be unable to void his contract (and that seems to be the standing consensus from the sports media) they'll have to work out a trade (poss. including some concession where they pay part of his salary for the new team). Problem is, no one is going to trade for him until his legal status is decided, and the sentencing is after the trade deadline. That means the Wiz are stuck with him until the offseason. Of course, it may not matter much if the ownership situation isn't settled before then.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

You would think that Gilbert at this point would be 'persona non grata' by the League and that Stern has put the word out, but that isn't apparently the case."

Not for ARENAS or CRITTENTON, both of whom have considerable game.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Any coach and/or orgainization that does not understand what this really means will never win and compete for chamipionships.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think you've just aptly described the current WIZARDS organization top to bottom.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"At 6.0 mill currently, BRENDAN has to be signed for next year. It's gonna' take four million in all probability. So unless there's a trade of comparable contracts, he stays no matter what."

(A) He's not likely to sign anywhere for $4 mill and (B) he's not going to re-sign here, period. He's 30 years old coming off the best year of his career. Good teams, possible contenders, will be interested in him. The only possible reason he'd consider signing with a lottery team (which is what the Wiz will be) is if they offered to ridiculously overpay him, which the Wizards won't and shouldn't do.

"BLATCHE can fill the role of tough defensive-minded player. "

No, actually, he can't. Blatche is a soft jumpshooting big who avoids contact in the trenches. "Tough-minded" is nowhere on his resume.

"MILLER is needed and should be priority one, but at 9.75 mill., the WIZ probably can't sign him without a hefty cap hit as he will want a raise and the WIZ are way over the limit now with little relief in sight."

No one is paying Miller more that what he's making now. In fact, no one will pay him close to as much. He'll probably sign for the full MLE and it'll be somewhere else. He's a multi-talented vet who can help a team in a lot of ways, just the kind of utility player that good teams like to have.

And on and on. Bottom line, this team is done; there's not a single player on this roster who can't, won't, or shouldn't be somewhere else net season. There's absolutely no reason to keep this group together. None.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it one more time for all who didn't believe me THEY WILL RUE THE DAY THEY FIRED EDDIE JORDAN!!! now that being said they need to show Ernie and Flip the door and find a GM and bring in Avery Johnson and let him have "total" control over the team(practice,discipline, and strategy).

Posted by: dargregmag | January 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"I believe that a jail cell is not the right place for Arenas - he appears to be mentally ill. Specifically, he shows symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, possibly mixed with Antisocial Personality Disorder. The proper outcome is a suspended sentence contingent on a psychiatric evaluation and his continuing a course of treatment."Posted by: cnhrcoleman4

Borderline? Gilbert Arenas? That's a stretch. Antisocial? he'd have to have shown clear signs of conduct disorder as a kid, and who knows about that? Particularly since he and his dad spent time living out of his dad's car.

But all personality disorders are essentially variations on the theme of extreme, stubborn immaturity, and Gilbert certainly qualifies for that.

By the way, both borderline and antisocial disorders are considered by many shrinks to be treatment-proof.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Bottom line, this team is done; there's not a single player on this roster who can't, won't, or shouldn't be somewhere else net season. There's absolutely no reason to keep this group together.
Posted by: kalo_rama "

I think that's true. And if the Wiz management acts on it, we'll be watching a truly bad team next season. But at least we'll have the excuse of youth and inexperience.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

if the contract cant be voided, EG will be fired and Arenas may be here next season.

What other option is there? Actually pay for him to be gone? That deal would have to put some real talent on our roster, and it's hard to see it happening given the whole league assumes we'll take what we can get for home just to move on.

To move him, pay part of his salary, and get jacksquat in return is the type of retardation that's inexcusable

Posted by: divi3 | January 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"what we can get for home"

what we can get for HIM...

Posted by: divi3 | January 16, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

My view is a little diffrent.
Cb need to go some where he is an undersized SF who is too slow to defend any SG and a poor 3 point shooter.If wiz are not going to use his contract now or in the coming summer, he could do the same as arenas for long term contract.No need to relay on AB, any jorney man can do the same as what he has been doing for washington, he can go.We have to unload DS's contract when we try to ship Cb otherwise it is going to be a bad deal.
MM can stay, MLE is more than enough , i think that is what he can get from a contending team.If he is smart and want to live in the capital he could sign.Foye is not a perfect gard to be a starter in a contending team,slow,poor defense and poor pass will limit his value,i agree with 4.8
BH should be offered 7-8 million a year for 4 years,no one will offer him this much, he might not be a starter in 50% of contending teams.One more year to see what Ny is going to do.AJ need to stay. He will play until he is 38 with the same performance but he need to come from the bench.The only exception i would like to trade AJ is to get a better PF.JM's potential should be used in a trade, i just could not see any of the coaching staff capablity to teach basics to a raw player like him, send him to LA by next mid season trade.
We need a pass 1st PG with a potentil to take over starting job from AF.EG need to get rid of the habit of collecting gards, i think it is EJ's influence.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Is there a better player than Arenas who could potentially be on the roster next season?

With new ownership coming, who really needs to go....Arenas or EG? Both?

Is Gil palatable to new owner and new GM, if it turns out the deal cant be voided?

It's hard for me to see how we can move him if he's contract stays intact.

Critical the organization sees Arenas as an asset rather than toxic waste, even if priority #1 is moving him

Posted by: divi3 | January 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"What other option is there? Actually pay for him to be gone?"

I think he'll get traded in the offseason, and if that happens expect the Wiz to be horrid next year because they will be too late to sign anyone.

The other option is buying him out, but I don't know how you can do that without an owner in place.

Ted won't do that to a player he has now on the Caps in Nylander and that guy makes like 6 mil this year. I couldn't possibly see him doing that with Gil.

I'm betting on "trade" but if you think we're ugly now just wait until next year.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Next year.
I don't see any way that the Wizzies can be successful next year.
Or for the next 2 or 3 years.
I just don't see any way to turn this thing around anytime soon.
We have some valuable pieces to trade but no matter who is gonna be here next year it can't be no worse than what we have now.
I am among the "blow it up" contingent now.


Posted by: VBFan | January 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

the only way to trade arenas is to also pay a portion of his salary to the team that takes him.

Can that possibly be worth it?

Posted by: divi3 | January 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&page=Arenas-FAQ-100115

Q: Are the Wizards going to try to void Arenas' contract?

A: That is an option that has been discussed, but most legal experts believe the Wizards would cost themselves a lot of time and money and would have a poor chance of succeeding if they chose to go down that road.

The last team to attempt to void a contract for a non-drug offense was Golden State, more than 10 years ago, after Latrell Sprewell attacked coach P.J. Carlesimo. An arbitrator later reinstated Sprewell's contract and reduced his suspension. A player has to clear a pretty high egregiousness bar to get his contract voided in the NBA, and few seem to think Arenas' crime was that grave. Remember, it wasn't the gun episode per se that got Arenas suspended, but rather the cavalier way he behaved in the days afterward that caused Stern to act.

Q: But this is a felony conviction. Isn't that enough to violate that morals clause in the standard player's contract?

A: Not at all, according to the players' union. In fact, there is a section of the collective bargaining agreement that specifies a minimum 10-game suspension when a player is convicted of a violent felony, but the operative word there is "violent."

For instance, when Stephen Jackson fired several rounds from a pistol in a strip club parking lot in Indianapolis, he eventually pleaded guilty to a felony endangerment charge, but his suspension was for only seven games -- and that penalty came after his reputation had already been tarnished by his involvement in the infamous Palace Brawl.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"the only way to trade arenas is to also pay a portion of his salary to the team that takes him."

That's not necessarily true. It would likely be the easiest way, but not the only way. There's no such thing as an untradeable contract in the NBA. It's just a question of how much junk a team is willing to take back in order to get rid of their junk.

"Can that possibly be worth it?"

Depends on how badly the Wizards want to put this whole mess behind them. That'll likely never happen as along as Gilbert remains on the team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it one more time for all who didn't believe me THEY WILL RUE THE DAY THEY FIRED EDDIE JORDAN!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | January 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I would like some of that action....what's the over/under on how long until you re-post this same tired message? Good Lord man...move on. Are you concerned a new poster may show up and miss this message if not posted daily? Are you waiting for a letter of apology from EG? Are you simply OCD?

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

move dc's pro basketball team back to bmore. or give them to seattle

who really cares bout them?

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 16, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse


And on and on. Bottom line, this team is done; there's not a single player on this roster who can't, won't, or shouldn't be somewhere else net season. There's absolutely no reason to keep this group together. None.

Posted by: kalo_rama


How about McGEE as a back-up center, How about McGuire as back-up 3 (if you can inspire him,which should be easy ,He is broke),how about Randy Foye to be your main guard off the bench, how about Boykins for you 11 or 12 man off the bench, how about Brendan even if you have to slightly over-pay him and Antawn Jamerson is OK and a proven leader, good man for transition for the locker room.
Whenever post to blow the team up, im talking about adding about 7 new players in the next 2 years.

Posted by: dsquare | January 16, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I misled you kalo. that's four million on TOP of the six he gets now. No way the WIZ in their present state can raise that much.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 16, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

SMH at Chris Sheridan. It wasn't the gun episode that got him suspended? Gil's attitude only hastened a suspension that was sure to come. And Sheridan's analysis regarding voiding the contract is also suspect. The arbitrator in the Sprewell case reinstated Spree's contract because he felt that it was unfair to punish Spree twice - 1 year suspension and voided contract.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 16, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

maybe Kalorama is right, maybe it is time to torch it all and start over. If that is the case then they may as well start selling off everything now including Haywood whom you could get a 2nd round pick from a contender for a one year rental

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It seems clear that the league, the Wizards and Arenas all want this to get over with as quickly as possible.

I can see all three - with the player's assocation watching intently on the sidelines - getting together and cobbling some sort of buyout where Arenas becomes a free agent, the Wizards perhaps free up some cap space and any possible re-making of the "moral turpitude" clause in the contracts is kicked down the street until the next labor deal.

Win-win-win-win.

Yeah, four wins - which is about how many games the Wizards will win next year.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 16, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

No the grass is not always greener on the other side. Look at Indiana, what are they now after breaking up the team? Not better than the Wizards. I always felt that trading away Webber was a bad decision.

Anyway, the approach this team has taken, I do think the team is ready to part with Gilbert. Unless the team can completely void his contract and get the salary cap relief (which I think is unlikely), I doubt they can get anything value in return.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 16, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

""I do wonder why the judge is taking his sweet time for sentencing."

You're not the only one. Ordinarily the court would have handed out the sentence right there. The judge might have been concerned about the high profile of the case, or even be contemplating something longer than, say. thirty days in jail. The thing about waiting for a report is mostly window-dressing.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"...maybe it is time to torch it all and start over. If that is the case then they may as well start selling off everything now including Haywood whom you could get a 2nd round pick from a contender for a one year rental.Posted by: anacostia85"

I guess the second-rounder would have some value if you could pass up DeJuan Blair and sell it to Houston or some other team.

Oh wait, that was last year.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

About voiding the contract: the felony plea won't have a huge effect on that process, since others have committed worse offenses. Voiding a contract is hardly ever successful, but with NBA ratings lagging and the team up for sale from a dispirited ownership, I think it's possible the club will make the attempt, based simply on the size of a potential reward. Besides, the NBA would like nothing better than to win that particular battle. Ted Leonsis would no doubt be in favor of a Gil-less Wiz franchise, and his vote, however unofficial, will count.

I might picture it as coming down to Arenas on one side of the table and the Wiz ownership plus the NBA on the other, searching for a settlement that saves face for the league and the franchise while giving Gilbert a chance to sign somewhere else for less money.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"About voiding the contract: the felony plea won't have a huge effect on that process, since others have committed worse offenses. Voiding a contract is hardly ever successful, but with NBA ratings lagging and the team up for sale from a dispirited ownership, I think it's possible the club will make the attempt, based simply on the size of a potential reward. Besides, the NBA would like nothing better than to win that particular battle.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse "

Which goes counter to what all the reports indicate.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

A lot of this is up to Gil, right? If he continues to believe he did nothing wrong, they'll have to move him and eat the damage or keep him but treat him like the Knicks treated Marbury .. and wait for Gil to scream uncle.

But, if he learns something in jail I'd bet the fans would welcome him back. We are a second chance country but you've gotta meet us half way. I hope he learns something.

Posted by: tslats | January 16, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This is hopeless.

Posted by: Darnell1 | January 16, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"Which goes counter to what all the reports indicate.Posted by: DC_MAN88

How?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"About voiding the contract: the felony plea won't have a huge effect on that process, since others have committed worse offenses.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse"

""Which goes counter to what all the reports indicate.Posted by: DC_MAN88

How?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse "

The guilty plea to a felony is huge by Gilby. Based on that, even Adidas dropped him like a bad habit right away.

If Gilby gets jail time, that will make an even stronger case that the team must void his contract in order to be able to continue normal operations because Gilby's services won't be available.

This guilty plea violates all sorts of contractual and NBA rules on behavior and personal conduct.

I think Les BouleS have a strong case to void this stupid contract.

Gilby clearly has raised the bar WRT to stupidity in this league. I think that would reflect in probably the biggest fine and/or suspension the NBA has ever levied on a player that admitted to committing a felony.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 16, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Samson with the luck this franchise has if we had selected Blair he would have blown out both knees by now.

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 16, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Samson with the luck this franchise has if we had selected Blair he would have blown out both knees by now.

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 16, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"The guilty plea to a felony is huge by Gilby. Based on that, even Adidas dropped him like a bad habit right away.If Gilby gets jail time, that will make an even stronger case that the team must void his contract in order to be able to continue normal operations because Gilby's services won't be available.
This guilty plea violates all sorts of contractual and NBA rules on behavior and personal conduct.I think Les BouleS have a strong case to void this stupid contract.
Gilby clearly has raised the bar WRT to stupidity in this league. I think that would reflect in probably the biggest fine and/or suspension the NBA has ever levied on a player that admitted to committing a felony.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

Couple comments:

1. Once Gil admitted knowingly bringing the guns into the District, a guilty plea was inevitable. The only question was whether it would be to a felony or a misdemeanor.

2. Pleading to a felony puts Gilbert in clear violation of the NBA's 'morals clause'. It means he has to receive discipline including suspension. He's already suspended, of course.

3. Sponsors drop athletes when they get in trouble as a protection against damage to their image. A sponsor might think twice about dropping Tiger Woods, but not a minor celeb like Gilbert. Once the story about the poop in the shoe (was it Adidas?) hit the media, Gilbert was done as an endorsement commodity.

4. Voiding an NBA contract is a whole other matter. The NBA knows that, and so does the player's association. If the club does make a try at the contract -- and it sounds like they will -- it's because they think the stars are lined up for a long shot. Because that's what it would be.

5. As felonies go, unlawful gun possession isn't a particularly imposing one. The guns weren't loaded and nobody shot anything. Those facts would be brought out repeatedly in a civil suit. Gilbert's actions will be couched by the defense in the context of his history of poor judgment rather than malicious intent.
Character witnesses will appear to attest to his underlying sweetness and innocence (who cares if it's true?) and his difficult upbringing. The defense will cite examples of other players who've gotten in serious trouble without losing their livelihood.

6. Because of the above, a settlement is still more likely than a straight voiding of the contract.


Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"4. Voiding an NBA contract is a whole other matter. The NBA knows that, and so does the player's association. If the club does make a try at the contract -- and it sounds like they will -- it's because they think the stars are lined up for a long shot. Because that's what it would be.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 16, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse "

As been reported, the CBA is to be renegotiated soon, and if the PA puts up too much of a fight against a petition to void Gilby's contract, then the owners may demand even stricter rules come that time...which could result in a stalemate, lockout, and end to that season.

I think Les BouleS have a much stronger case than a weaker case to void Gilby's contract.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 17, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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