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Statement from Players Association

Statement of G. William Hunter regarding discipline Imposed by the NBA on Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton:

Gilbert and Javaris are both good men and respected members of our union. They recognize that they exercised poor judgment the morning of December 21 at the Verizon Center, and realize that they must be held accountable for their actions. Neither of them wants to send a mixed message about firearms. Gilbert has asked us not to challenge the discipline the NBA has imposed. We respect his judgment and appreciate his decision to put this matter behind him as quickly as possible.

Javaris has not reached a decision as to whether he wants to exercise his rights under our collective bargaining agreement to file an appeal regarding the severity and length of his suspension. We will be consulting with him as well as his outside counsel and hope to reach a decision shortly.

Gilbert and Javaris have expressed to me their deep regret, and they will continue to serve as valued members of the NBA community. We fully expect that this matter is now concluded at the league level and we will respond aggressively to any improper attempt by the team to impose additional penalties.

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 7:27 PM ET
 
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"we will respond aggressively to any improper attempt by the team to impose additional penalties."

Whatever.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

"we will respond aggressively to any improper attempt by the team to impose additional penalties."

Whatever.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

as much as you hate it, looks like his guaranteed $80mill is safe.

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"as much as you hate it, looks like his guaranteed $80mill is safe.

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse "

Who cares?

I just want Gilby gone...and that's looking good.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"I just want Gilby gone...and that's looking good.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

The only person definitely gone is Brenda.

If Arenas is now guaranteed the money owed him, then next season he'll be an $80million man coming off basically a 3yr layoff and a gun scandal.

That makes him untradeable.

staring wiz pg in 2010-2011???

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

No one is untradeable in the NBA. It's simply a question of how much crap the Wizards are willing to swallow to get rid of him. There is zero chance he's a member of this team when next season starts.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 27, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Is there $40mill of crap laying around for the Wiz to pick up in return? Sounds like an 11 team deal i.e. not realistic.

And just who says he wont be here? Current ownership and GM? The next crew? Arenas?

Would seem the situation is in flux and will be for awhile, outcome unknown

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Teams only have to match salary in the year the deal happens not the entire life of the contract.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 27, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Current ownership has made it quite clear they want nothing to do with Arenas. The statements that have been attributed to Arenas regarding his feelings about his treatment by the organization certainly indicate a lack of interest in coming back, and the there's no telling when the new ownership will be in place.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 27, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Arenas has about the same chance of returning to play for the Wizards as Charles Manson does of getting paroled...

Posted by: randysbailin | January 27, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Poor Gilbert. Just another young, misunderstood, armed, crap-in-your-shoe, black man. The whole organization let him down. Maybe he can catch on with another team as Gilbert "the Glock" Arenas.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | January 27, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"We fully expect that this matter is now concluded at the league level and we will respond aggressively to any improper attempt by the team to impose additional penalties."


Nice try Hunter but you cannot stop the release of Gil or Jarvis. I understand the law and no of any employer who does not have the right to release a person that violates a contract term. Gil's contract is a valid one, but it is subject to the Collective Bargaining agreement. It's just like when a state tries to pull a fast one over on the Feds or the Constitution. The Supreme law will always win and in this case that will be the Collective Bargaining Agreement which has the clause about Moral Tupitude.

Crimes involving moral turpitude have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity with respect to a person's duty to another or to society in general. Does sound like one of these have been violated?

I THINK SO!!!

"A person's duty to another or to society in general." I am pretty sure that duty was violated not once but 4 times for each gun brought into a public arena and then used in an altercation with a teammate. How in the world can the union even think of trying to fight for a guys who basically committed assault against a fellow team . But it's not just assault, it's assault with a firearm. I'm sorry but there is no excuse on any level for this kind of conduct. had this been Joe Blow from down the street, he would be seeing 3 to 5 for this.

If the Union fights for this guy, they are basically condoning his actions and gun play in the NBA. At some point you have to say enough is enough.

Posted by: ajb1094 | January 28, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards are spending eighty million dollars this year to field a basketball team. Arenas ruined this season for the franchise and its fans. The end result is his actions cost more than just the salary he lost. The team should be able to punish him further due to the loss of the season, goodwill with fans, and team revenue. He should indeed be held responsible by the team. As all the players always say, let them live up to their responsibilities. Keep it real. Void that contract. Its good for the team, the league, and all the other players who someday want to pull a similar stunt.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 28, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards are spending eighty million dollars this year to field a basketball team. Arenas ruined this season for the franchise and its fans. The end result is his actions cost more than just the salary he lost. The team should be able to punish him further due to the loss of the season, goodwill with fans, and team revenue. He should indeed be held responsible by the team. As all the players always say, let them live up to their responsibilities. Keep it real. Void that contract. Its good for the team, the league, and all the other players who someday want to pull a similar stunt.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 28, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

I hope his contract is voided. His situation has caused financial damage to the team and will continue to do so if not voided. The Wizards fan base, which in part pays for the salaries of the players, should not be held responsible for his actions.

If he thinks he is still a good player, he can prove himself in off season tryouts for a new contract with any nba team.

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | January 28, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Those experts on here who would discard Gil so willingly are in error, but this is Washington so to be expected. When was the last time a Wiz or Bullet scored 50 points in a game other than Gil ? (30 years ?) What was his scoring average, though not being 100 percent yet (but improving), when he went out ? Why were the Wiz at least competitive with him and are back to last season's play without him ? Why hasn't his contract been voided yet when it is a slam dunk according to all the experts ? What were the Wiz worth when he was playing well and the Wiz were in the playoffs vs now ? I know these are a lot of questions. Here are some more considerations. Leonisis will most prob be the new owner. It will be slow because the current nit wit owners think the team is worth more than it is. He will prob wait to match whatever bid from elsewhere is made. If Gil goes elsewhere and the team blown up do you think the Wiz will not become like other terrible teams again ? How many years did the Wiz stink and then we were happy to just make the playoffs ? Also, do you really think that a team like Miami or San Antonio wouldn't sign Gil in a minute next year if he is released for nothing ? Also, next year he will coming back with a chip on his shoulder. So in summation, I think there is much more to the Gil situation than is understood by all these so called experts.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | January 28, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

It is up to Arenas, he need to handle this matter carefully.The team is going to be in a rebuilding process, they will make sure not to loss to GA.They will ask him to report in the training camp.If he pass this they will put him on inactive position like what NY did on the other stupid clone.If he decide to pass this one ,he will get 2/3rd of his 80 million and ask to be traded in his final year of the contract. Is he smart enough to do this? could he elect to play ball by giving up more money?There is no way the team will buyout his contract and want him to feel like a winner.If he handle this situation and get counseled there is a possiblity for GA to be back on court with a positive note to playfor any team and bea winner, he is just 28.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 28, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me.... but did I miss something here to the folks who say that the wizards will have to pay the remaining 80 mil to Gil....didn't Gil already ask his contract to be voided. I'm sure that the entire contract will not be voided just like when Sprewell choked Calisimo it was voided and then after going to the players union he got most of his contract back or a buy out or whatever and was traded. I expect the wizards to trade be able to do one of 3 things here.

1) just give Gil what he wants and what the wizards I'm sure want and that is to void his entire contract but that is virtually impossible to do and has never been done before.

2) trade Gil's current contract to a team that willing to take him. Very unlikely because Gil already stated he just wants his contract voided, so inessence he is skrewing the wizards for the what 5th or 6th time in his 6 years in DC. After getting injured, he didn't rehab corectly or with the team trainers which led to him not healing correctly and missing a 2nd year with another surgery, then he does reab corectly and comes back and does this. Then he "allegedly" threatens crittenton and he gets in trouble as well. Then the whole guns a blazing thing which leads to gilbert being suspended indefinetly until the nba waiting for the law to run its course till they decide to suspend him. Then he states he wants his contract voided, which basically gives the Wiz no leverage, not that they really had any but in a trade. He just hurt the franchise again but making himself virutally untradeable

3) last and what will probably happen is that Gil will get a buy out of his contract and both sides will go on their merry way.

I feel for Critt, I don't know what will happen to him. My hope is that he is in a Wiz uniform next year but if he isn't he may find himself playing overseas, and frankly Gilbert may find himself in the same place.

Posted by: avbanig | January 28, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Huh? Both Crittenton and Arenas brought guns to where they shouldn't and you blame Arenas but sympathize with "Critt?"

Regarding Arenas wants contract void, Washington Post has just changed the story. It now says "Arenas expressed concern about the possibility of having contract voided."

In fact, I think if Arenas really wants to have his contract voided, it will be good for the team. I don’t know what you mean by no leverage, because
1) if the contract is voided, then Wizards cannot trade him, so how is leverage gets into picture?
2) if contract is not voided, then it has no bearing to other team, since the reason Arenas wants contract voided is because he does not want to play for Wizards and not because he does not like the contract term.

Him wanting out may affect his trade value, but may not since he really don’t have much choice other than both sides agree to void the contract, which will be good for the team because the team does not need to take any garbage in return.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 28, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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