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Poll: Is the NBA being fair to Gilbert Arenas?

The NBA has suspended Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the season, a source says. What do you think?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  January 27, 2010; 3:11 PM ET
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They are being totally fair if he was the one that asked for it

Posted by: dlts20 | January 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I think he could just want out now because he feels betrayed and I dont think he likes Flip's Offense all that much anyways, lol. I could see him trying to negotiate like a 30mil buyout or something and we save 50 or whatever, plus what we didnt have to pay him for him missing all these games this year. He also took 16mil less so I guess he figures that he will have payed up if they give him 30. He can then take that 30 and sign a 1yr 10mil deal with some team next year and if he plays great then he will get a big contract the following season and more than make up for what he lost. Thats a long ways away though so Ill just wait for official word

Posted by: dlts20 | January 27, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

OMG, If this was a season where the Wizards were in first place and Gilbert was headed to another allstar appearence. This would have NEVER left the locker room. The NBA, the Wizards and yes the fan are phony a-holes who will cover for super stars and let the other fend for themselves... If Kobe or Lebron were in the same position the public would have NEVER heard about it!!!!

Posted by: aadrianne | January 27, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

yes, since he asked for it

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

i take the article to mean he asked about the possibility of his contract being voided by the team, not that he asked for his contract to be voided.

not even gil is odd enough to walk away from $80mill

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think the suspension is fair. I even think that the possibilty of a voided contract(even if not likely) Gil has to accept as a repercusion.

I just hate the villifying of people in order to appease public opinion."Making Example" is Holier Than Thou and Phony. People don't learn from others mistakes, they learn when they are in Intake about to be apart of the next head count.

Posted by: millineumman | January 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

According to your story, Gilbert asked to be suspended for the rest of the season.

Doesn't that sort of make the question moot?

Posted by: p1funk | January 27, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

well michaels story is different than what yahoo's adrian wojnarowski reports...woj reports that stern gave arenas the option of a full 82 game ban that would extend into next season, or a suspension that would last the remainder of this season if arenas promised to not to fight it....arenas took the "plea bargain" essentially and agreed to be suspended for the rest of the season rather than risk being suspended for a whole year...this is quite different than gilbert asking to be suspended for the rest of they year...more like he took the better of the two choices offered to him...although i do feel if he appealed it he would have gotten off even lighter

Posted by: jasonma1 | January 27, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

He asked for it but I think it's because he wants out of Washington. In no way what he's done warrants a severe punishment as this. He just doesn't want to play for the organization anymore. I don't blame him. He is the only reason the Wizards have been even relevant the past 5-6 years. Even when we sucked the past 2 years, it was because HE wasn't in the lineup. Now this mishap occurs, the team isn't geling, so they throw Gilbert under the bus and try to pin everything on him. Can you blame the guy for wanting out? If Leonsis doesn't take over they might as well ship the team to Seattle cuz there's no place for them here in DC. And I hope that wherever Arenas signs on to next year, he drops 50+ on the Wizards every game for the rest of his career.

Posted by: covertops26 | January 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Even if he asks to be suspended for life, the players' association will/should fight the suspension. Because it sets a bad precedent for other players. Just because Arenas has a death wish (career-wise) doesn't mean every other NBA player has to be suffer.

Posted by: tundey | January 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

How can a person feel betrayed about a situation that he totally created? Unfortunately, another young man hasn't learned a lesson and the lawyers win. Regardless of whether he is suspended for the season, the Wizards are STILL ON THE HOOK for his salary, which goes to charity.

All of the present team, with the exception of Caron Butler and one or two other people, need to learn how to play DEFENSE. (And that includes Gilbert, who hates to play D.)

In view of the present dismal situation, let the bench play. You never know -- it might work -- which isn't happening right now.

Posted by: LargoMatron | January 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I think that the Players Assoc. will fight "any" suspension.
It's their duty to their members not just Gil.
If they let this slide then they lose all effectiveness when the next gun related situation arises.
Stay tuned.

Posted by: VBFan | January 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: tonyszcze | January 27, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow...just wow.

What a mess this has turned out to be - and why in the world would Gil asked to be suspended for the remainder of the season?

Is this suspension with or without pay?

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

He should be held to the same standard as the rest of us. I make a heck of a lot less money than him and work a lot harder. No way I would have a job after doing what he did, joke or no joke. I don't understand the sympathy for him. This is self-inflicted. The Wizards did nothing to him. He did it to himself.

Posted by: paulb3rd | January 27, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

some seem to think that this was a calculated move for Gil to sit back & wait to see if the Franchise fires EG. Gil's wording leads people to believe its more just about him hating EG than him definitely wanting out

Posted by: dlts20 | January 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Gil's supposed beef with Ernie Grunfeld is ludicrous.

EG is the man that gave him a max-contract while he was still on crutches.

When Gil couldn't get back on the court and basically took $20 mill from the team to rehab, EG went ahead and fired the coach that Gil didn't like. Apparently this coach wanted Gil to behave and try to play defense - and that was way out of line.

Now EG has sunk himself in DC after giving Gil that ridiculous contract and trying to build a team around him that doesn't win.

Now that Gil went ahead and committed a felony on the Wiz property and get suspended his reaction is to...wait for pissed off at Ernie Grunfeld????

Gil is sooooo unbelievably stupid and immature, he doesn't realize that over the past 2 years EG has been his best friend in the world.

As long as Gilbert Arenas plays basketball in this town, I will not support the team.

I don't care how many buzzer-beaters he hits or how many jerseys he throws in the stands. I will not pay a dime to the team knowing that he's collecting a $20mill paycheck from the proceeds.

Posted by: p1funk | January 27, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Well now this team has only 12 players:


At least Flip won't have to put anybody on the inactive list.

Posted by: elfreako | January 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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

“The NBA has conducted a thorough investigation of events relating to this matter.

“It is not disputed that, following an argument on the team’s flight home from a game in Phoenix, both Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton brought guns to the Verizon Center locker room and – with other players and team personnel present or nearby – displayed them to one another in a continuation of their dispute. The players engaged in this conduct despite a specific rule set forth in the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the Players Association prohibiting players from possessing a weapon at an NBA facility, and reminders of this prohibition given annually by the NBA to players both in writing and in person.

“The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one’s home or elsewhere. It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated.

“I have met separately with Mr. Arenas and with Mr. Crittenton. Both have expressed remorse for their actions and an understanding of the seriousness of their transgressions. Both have volunteered to engage in community service in order to turn the lessons they have learned into an educational message for others. I accept fully the sincerity of their expressions of regret and intent to create something positive from this incident.

“Nevertheless, there is no justification for their conduct. Accordingly, I am today converting Mr. Arenas’ indefinite suspension without pay to a suspension without pay for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, and am also suspending Mr. Crittenton without pay, effective immediately, for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.”

The Washington Wizards issued the following statement today:

“The NBA announced today that they have suspended Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season. We understand and fully support their decision.

Both players violated D.C. laws and NBA rules by bringing guns into the locker room. Their poor judgment has also violated the trust of our fans and stands in contrast to everything Abe Pollin stood for throughout his life. It is widely known that Mr. Pollin took the extraordinary step of changing the team name from “Bullets” to “Wizards” in 1997 precisely to express his abhorrence of gun violence in our community. We hope that this negative situation can produce something positive by serving as a reminder that gun violence is a serious issue.

We look forward to putting this unfortunate incident behind us and once again focusing our full attention on playing exciting basketball in front of our great fans at Verizon Center.”

Ernie Grunfeld, President, Washington Wizards
Irene Pollin, Principal Owner, Washington Sports and Entertainment (WSE)
Robert Pollin, Chief Executive Officer, WSE
James Pollin, President, WSE

Posted by: dlts20 | January 27, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Announcers were talking about how it will be a process to get arenas back into all star form taking two years off. It will be harder after 2 and 2/3 years off. If Gilbert had any revenge it was that he ended javaris's career and possibly EG so mission accomplished. Teams probably still want a 20 ppg guard but gil would get no more than a mid level contract

Posted by: jefferu | January 27, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards are so screwed. What a hopeless situation. The NBA should buy the Wizards from the Pollin estate, disband the team, and then allow Leonsis to pay an expansion fee to get back in the league. The team would be in a much better situation then.

Posted by: Dellis2 | January 27, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The NBA, the Wizards and yes the fan are phony a-holes who will cover for super stars and let the other fend for themselves.

Posted by: aadrianne | January 27, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Since you're posting on a Wizards blog, can we assume that you're a "phony a-hole" too?

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 27, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I just don't get all of the posters who are saying that the Wizards mistreated Arenas in some way or threw him under the bus. He commits a felony by bringing guns into the workplace, takes actions with those guns that at least one fellow employee interprets as being threatening, and the club is supposed to do . . . what? Figuratively put its arm around Arenas' shoulders and say, "don't worry about it, Gil, at least you didn't shoot anybody?" Tell everybody that "it's just Arenas being Arenas?" Continue to promote him by keeping huge pictures of him mounted on the VC? What message does that send to the community about how the team views the violation of gun laws? Remember that this is the franchise whose former owner changed the name of the team from "Bullets" because of its connotation of gun violence. If Arenas is "under the bus," he threw himself there.

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 27, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how Arenas could feel betrayed by the Wizzards. He is the one who betrayed his team and himself by his actions. If he leaves DC., good riddance.

Posted by: Listening2 | January 27, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

A season long suspension for a felony plea-conviction is reasonable. In many professions a person would be at risk of losing a job with that kind of extracurricular activity, so this one isn't too punitive.

The main problem here is a question of consistency.

In the past the league has only dished out suspensions of 30 games or so for similar kinds of crimes. If this represents a new higher bar, that's fine, but it needs to be enforced consistently.

It would make a lot more sense if the league actually spelled out the consequences for various crimes on its own so that there is never a question of favoritism or ulterior motives -- or the temptation to apply rules inconsistently with an eye towards on-the-court performance.

(e.g. a certain class of misdemeanor nets 5 games per count; a low-grade felony conviction nets 60 games, etc; A zero tolerance for having guns in the locker room too would seem like a pretty reasonable standard -- e.g. if you store guns into the locker room, loaded or unloaded, you will face a year long suspension).

Related to the above, if the Wizards were a championship contender, I think it's a pretty safe bet that the league would have treated Arenas a little more gently on this one -- provided they could get him to put a lid on his on-the-court antics mocking the controversy.

The players union and the league need to establish a fixed protocol for these kind of incidents, so that there's some consistency and credibility in the enforcement of these rules.

(e.g. I can see a case for suspending Crit and Arenas for the rest of the season, but in light of precedent the league is applying a tougher sanction on these two than it has for other much more serious offenses. The league needs to answer for its inconsistent enforcement standards).

Posted by: JPRS | January 27, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The dude brought not 1, not 2, but FOUR guns into the LOCKER ROOM. Not only is this illegal, but it's just down right stupid and dangerous. A slap on the wrist is not enough for threatening to blow someone's head off or blow up their car. Wake up people.. there is something called professionalism, respect, and responsibility. He didn't show any of them and will be lucky if he's not sitting in jail for six months. What is up with the double standard for athletes? Do you want to win that badly? The standards for our society just continue to drop; it's no wonder the kids behave the way they do and have such little respect for adults and for human life in general. Get over yourself!

Posted by: lk11 | January 27, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

If I bought unloaded guns to work-I would be fired, not suspended.

Posted by: djorl | January 27, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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