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Statement from Players Association

Statement of G. William Hunter, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association regarding Gilbert Arenas:

"The Players Association was informed today that Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA as a result of his actions in bringing firearms into his team locker room. Gilbert has acknowledged his regret regarding this incident, and the Players Association is aware that there is an ongoing criminal investigation taking place. The Players Association will continue to monitor the investigation being conducted by law enforcement authorities and the Commissioner's office. At the conclusion of these investigations we will determine the appropriate action to take on Gilbert's behalf."

By Alexa Steele  |  January 6, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
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Gilby is clearly an imbecile.

He was begging to get suspended.

First you pay your lawyer top dollar to write apologies for you.

Then you come out and say:

"If I really did something wrong, I would feel remorse in what I did, but I didn't do anything."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 6, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Gilby brought guns to the arena on Dec. 9 because he said he wanted to get them away from his kids and turn them into security.

Come Dec. 24, he decides to pull them out for run.

What happened to the "reason" that he wanted to turn them into security?

Answer: All lies.

I'm glad Les BouleS ownership came out and said that they support the suspension, and on top of that, they were appalled by how the entire team acted like a fool at last night's game.

Flip should forfeit tonight's game, and everyone who was carrying on should receive a fine for contact detrimental to the team and organization.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 6, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

SOME of you people are idiots and need to learn to read and get ALL the facts. Did Gil or did he not admit to having brought a gun into his locker at the Verizon Center? Ok that's fact 1. 

(side note: can you go to a bar right now and say something sexually explicit to a woman without penalty? Yes. But what happens if you walked into work and said that same thing to a female co-worker? You would be disciplined and maybe fired. Why? Because there is a separate set of rules of conduct that you agree to when you accept a job)

Fact 2: it is against NBA league rules to bring a gun onto NBA property, ironically because of one of Gil's teammates at Golden State. So David Stern is 100% within his rights to suspend one of his employees for violating one of it's league rules of conduct based on facts 1 and 2. That has NOTHING to do with the ongoing investigation, even if no charges are filed against Gil again because of facts 1 and 2, especially since Gil showed no remorse with his words or actions which brought embarrassment to his employers, he deserves to be suspended. Do I think what Gil did was the most terrible thing ever? No. Do I think he should go to jail over this whole thing? No. As Barno1 CONTINUES to point out, Gil does a lot of charity work and is not a bad guy, just is incredibly immature. But Gil hasn't been banned from the league yet or had his contract voided. If he is convicted of a felony I suspect the latter will happen but he will still earn millions for another team. So come on people, stop being so outraged by the suspension like Gil's your son. So far his punishment has fit the crime.

And for the people pointing at Wiz management for doing nothing, did you not see the part where their boss (Stern) said he TOLD THEM to wait until the investigation was complete for legal reasons? Stern was going to let the process play out but Gil forced his hand with his behavior. And p.s. I'm a Gil fan  

Posted by: detox04 | January 6, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Blacks do what they do.

Posted by: ravitchn | January 6, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Blacks do what they do.
Posted by: ravitchn

Oh my freakin' God. Who lets these people in here?

Posted by: creativefunk | January 6, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I am going on record as to saying that I hope Gil does not go to jail...

...BUT I hope he does leave the Wizards for good.

There is something really wrong with that guy. He needs mental help.


"No. As Barno1 CONTINUES to point out, Gil does a lot of charity work and is not a bad guy, just is incredibly immature."

Like what? I never hear about him doing anything except for himself. Nobody ever listens to Barno.

Even what Kalo writes makes more sense then Barno. ;)

"At the conclusion of these investigations we will determine the appropriate action to take on Gilbert's behalf."

What are they going to about him going to jail? Nothing. Gil is in deep on this one.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Like someone said earlier, if he did not make those ridiculous
comments in the post-game interview yesterday, or orchestrate that
pregame 'i gotta laugh at this situation' huddle, he would have been
alright, at least for the time being. He was completely asking for
controversy and consequently to be suspended. I'll never understand
why he contradicted the lawyer statement.

When initial report was realized as misinformed, he was doing decent damage control. If you look at
the New York Post's first report, it was very biased, characterized
him as a thug, and contained inaccurate information. But, after all,
it's the New York Post, and that brand of journalism shouldn't have
been a shock to Gilbert and doesn't justify last night's comments or
the initial incident.

The 'incident' was not necessarily violent but was foolish as hell. I
still suspect that someone placing guns on a chair and leaving a note
saying 'pick one' can be taken as an indirect threat. Who knows what
really happened, maybe we'll find out, maybe not.

However, despite Gilbert's regrettable actions, it is disheartening to
see the stereotype of NBA players as 'thugs' brought to the forefront.
And the story of athletes are public menaces. Again, what Gilbert did

Can we just agree on that, rather than overgeneralize, rather than
reacting to this hot topic like a bunch of sensational racists? Can't
we quell this overrated, redundant fervor?

Posted by: bigtriumverate | January 6, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas demonstrates why even adult men (and women) need a good father, male role model, strong mother and/or female role model with back. Too bad the attorneys charging him those high fees did not prevent last night's kamakazee behavior or issue a responsible statement before today. Gilbert, you need to sit down and chill. It's time to grow up Gilbert. You have a family to focus on too. I'd spend the next day or two crafting my own corrective action plan to prevent another black man's entry into the American penal system. So sad money and power were not enough to keep you straight. Shame on you. God forgives and the American people do too if you straighten up your act. Prayers for you and your family who has to tolerate you now that you get it. We hope.

Posted by: valentine2000 | January 6, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The PA needs to adress the issue from the perspective of ALL players, not just idiots.

The PA aslo represents crittendon and other players who appreciate harsh action against those who bring guns to a locker room

Posted by: cballer | January 6, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I have to believe that if Gil had a good agent, or any agent for that matter, he would have conducted himself much differently this past week. What an idiot.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 7, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Crittendon is a punk. He sat back said nothing and let Gil take the blame. Gil deserves whatever he gets but Javaris needs to get the boot out of the league altogether first of all for not 'fessing up to everything and playing "Mr. Innocent" and 2nd because he had his own gun in the locker room and actually loaded the damn thing!!

Posted by: blackman1 | January 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Players Association cuts him loose. He needs adult supervision.

Posted by: steveh46 | January 7, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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