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Statement on behalf of Arenas

Ken Wainstein, attorney for Gilbert Arenas, stated today:

Mr. Arenas respects Commissioner Stern's decision to issue a suspension for the remainder of the season. Mr. Arenas recognizes that his actions were a serious violation of the law and league rules and were detrimental to the NBA and its reputation. He accepts full responsibility for what he did, and takes no issue with the length of the suspension or the process that led to the Commissioner's decision. It is Mr. Arenas' hope that this punishment will serve an important purpose, as a strong reminder of the responsibility that he and all NBA players have to set the right example with their conduct on and off the court. As such, Mr. Arenas has asked the Players Association not to challenge the suspension.

Mr. Arenas appreciates the careful and thoughtful handling of this matter by the Commissioner and his staff, and he is grateful for the Commissioner's willingness to meet with him earlier today.

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 7:43 PM ET
 
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Comments

No mention of the Wizards or his desire to get back on the court after the suspension?

Yeah, probably not appropriate time/place to mention that but it is interesting.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 27, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how much this clarifies the situation, but it's hard to imagine a suspension continuing into next year. Gilbert is basically paying a $10 million dollar fine for his conduct. I'm guessing he hopes this will earn the NBA's blessing to a settlement with the club and the opportunity to sign somewhere else.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 27, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Arenas gets to play from the very beginning of next season. The only question is where.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 27, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"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 "

Hope what you want to hope, but Gilby doesn't want to be here, and this town doesn't want him either.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Not only a $10 mil dollar fine, but also lost his Adidas contract.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"I'm guessing he hopes this will earn the NBA's blessing to a settlement with the club and the opportunity to sign somewhere else.

Posted by: Samson151"

it seems to me this may play out to where Arenas has the franchise over a barrel. $80mill guaranteed that he is owed, so where is ownership's leverage in the situation? imo, a trade is unlikely because even though only the 1st yr salaries have to work- the team that takes him is on the hook for the duration of his deal.

further, the union wont be big on him foregoing any significant portion of what he's guaranteed.

all in all an ugly situation just as ownership is in limbo.

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards don't want Arenas. Arenas doesn't want the Wizards. No other team wants Arenas at anywhere near what his contract says he's "worth". Quite a dilemma.

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

Not only a $10 mil dollar fine, but also lost his Adidas contract.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

true, he's only got $80,000,000 coming his way now...poor guy.

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"true, he's only got $80,000,000 coming his way now...poor guy.

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse "

Yeah, getting dumped by Adidas is no big deal.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards don't want Arenas.

Yes, the Wizards as currently constructed.

Who knows who's running this team by next year? Ownership, GM, coach.

I can see - if I cross my eyes - Arenas with this new organization next year.

Crazier things have happened. As a little boy I stayed up and watched a man walk on the moon (yeah, weak analogy but I can't come up with anything better).

Posted by: SteveMG | January 27, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, getting dumped by Adidas is no big deal.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

It's a big deal to you because you're resentful of the cake he pulls in. But considering he's got $20mill/yr to fall back on- financial ramifications of the Adidas thing have got to be the least of his concerns

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"It's a big deal to you because you're resentful of the cake he pulls in. But considering he's got $20mill/yr to fall back on- financial ramifications of the Adidas thing have got to be the least of his concerns

Posted by: divi3 | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse "

Get over it.

Getting dropped by Adidas is not going to put Gilby in the poor house.

It was symbolic, beyond just the money, and it was the right move by Adidas.

Gilby crashed and burned on his own doing, just like I predicted he would.

And now, he can share the birthday of his newborn as it almost coincides with his felony charge and mug shot.

Deal with it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Hope what you want to hope, but Gilby doesn't want to be here, and this town doesn't want him either.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, here's hoping that's true on both counts. I know I've seen all of him in a WIZARDS uni I care to. Still think he'll be on the court next year as a 'ZARD. Oh the calumny of it all.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 27, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

And now, he can share the birthday of his newborn as it almost coincides with his felony charge and mug shot.

Deal with it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Lost in the shuffle of the gun-related issues is the SHAQ-ARENAS paramore thing. Is the kid definitely his? I guess if it's a boy, and he's 7'3" 325 pounds when he's 17 we'll know.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 27, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

If the judge doesn't accept the DA's six-month recommendation, and gives Gilby a longer sentence that makes him unavailable for the start of the 2010-11 season, VOID will be back on the table.

Posted by: Seekonk | January 28, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

"If the judge doesn't accept the DA's six-month recommendation, and gives Gilby a longer sentence that makes him unavailable for the start of the 2010-11 season, VOID will be back on the table."

According to ESPN, this is pretty much the only scenario where the team would have a legit shot at voiding his contract. It has something to do with a double jeopardy clause, which is ridiculous. NFL contracts may be too much in favor of the team especially considering the physical pounding the players take, but NBA contracts are WAY too in favor of the player. In the NBA, you can charge the stands and punch a fan and still have a job. Sorry, but Ron Artest should have been banned for life and if he couldn't survive on the tens of millions he already made, well, that's his own problem. In the NBA, you can literally choke your coach, and not only did Sprewell not get banned from the league, his contract still had to be paid. It's absurd. Now, I am not suggesting GA deserves to get banned. In fact, I think his punishment is right on the money. But, teams deserve more leverage in the NBA when it comes to contracts or else the league's reputation will continue to slide.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 28, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Arenas makes it sound like he made the decision to be suspended the rest of the year. Anyone who defends this "punk" is out of their mind.

BAN ARENAS FOR LIFE-SELL THE TEAM TO LEONSIS-FIRE GRUNFELD!!!!

Posted by: hessone | January 28, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The statement sounds like a contrite Arenas speaking, but I find it very difficult to be able to put much confidence in a statement like that when he has repeatedly maintained he didn't do anything wrong. One can't be contrite without confession.

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

So, I've been reading the posts and occasionally making comments but I have to wonder: Is dc_man88 even a Wizards fan? He never has anything positive to say about the team; he just moans and groans about how much money Arenas might make. I'm starting to think he's not a basketball fan at all, just a bitter man angry over the fact that he will never make that kind of money in his lifetime. As he so aptly put it, "Deal with it." Sports fans like their entertainment and are obviously willing to pay for it, which - in turn - pays the astronomical salaries of professional athletes. Angrily bad-mouthing Gilbert Arenas over the contract that was OFFERED to him just sounds like sour grapes. I've asked it before and I ask again: If your boss offered you a 100% raise, would you say no thanks? Of course not, so why are so down on Gilbert for accepting what he was offered?

And, as for his blanket comment that "the town doesn't" want Arenas here, speak for yourself. I am not alone in saying I'd rather have Grunfield leave and bring Arenas back. He's being punished for being stupid. Why should true Wizards fans be punished also?

Posted by: juliagraffam | January 28, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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