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Union president talks Arenas, Crittenton

Derek Fisher, the president of the NBA player's association, said that the union has been closely monitoring the situation involving Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton and would take "a wait and see" approach, based on the punishment Commissioner David Stern hands out. He said that the union is "creeping towards" concern over how long Arenas's "indefinite" suspension would last, but added that he expects Stern to make a decision before Arenas's sentencing on March 26.

"To this point, it hasn't been overly concerning for us, but it's creeping towards that area," Fisher said after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround this afternoon. "His sentencing is coming up in March and that'll get here fast. But we suspect that a decision will come much sooner than that. The indefinite part will disappear and there will be more of a definite understanding of what the NBA is thinking and what they are trying to do. From there, our jobs will start in terms of making sure that things are done in a fair way and in a way that not only brings some resolution to this situation, but also to make sure going forward how we want to avoid this at all costs."

Fisher expects hard punishment for Arenas and Fisher's former teammate, Crittenton, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation on Monday. "Overall, we've just really tried to be respectful to law enforcement and the public officials who have tried to do their jobs and get to the bottom of what actually happened," Fisher said. "We obviously feel for Gilbert and what he's been through, even though he was the one who made the poor decision. Javaris Crittenton as well. in terms of our responsibility to support those guys in the way we should, we're going to do the best we can there.

"We understand the NBA's position in this point, wanting to make sure that we send a message across the board that there will certain things in our game that just won't be tolerated and I think our players have to understand that and will understand that," he said. "Until the NBA makes a formal statement saying 'This is what we're going to do related to Gilbert Arenas, there is not much more than that we can do. so we're in a wait and see position, just like the rest of you."

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
 
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translation:

Stern has already ordered me to accept Arenas' getting a 1yr suspension.

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

if they wait until march 26, Arenas would have been suspended close to 90-days. i think the player association should press the issue to some degree and have Arenas back before the season is over. Artest and Stephen jackson were suspended for how long for the fight in Detroit? i do not put Arenas offense at that level.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 26, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

i wonder if arenas goes to jail do those games while he is in jail count towards his suspension? I don't mind a player still getting paid if hes injured but I would be strongly against a player still getting paid while hes in prison

Posted by: jefferu | January 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't this statement come out mid-last week? Not exactly breaking news.

Posted by: 0ArenasMVP0 | January 26, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was reported last week that Stern was to rule on Arenas at the end of this week. Did I miss something?

Posted by: cannontl | January 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

hey mike lee. i heard something yesterday about the lakers being in town You wouldn't know anything about that would you? 3 hrs til tip off, and not a word about basketball all day.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

You might check out Mike Lee's article in the Post this morning on the game tonight.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/25/AR2010012503386.html

Posted by: cannontl | January 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

have I been missing the weekly chats? Have there been any? I've got plenty of basketball/wizards related questions that need answerin'.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

i wonder if arenas goes to jail do those games while he is in jail count towards his suspension? I don't mind a player still getting paid if hes injured but I would be strongly against a player still getting paid while hes in prison

Posted by: jefferu | January 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

He's not even getting paid now. He's definitely not getting paid once he's locked up.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I still do not change my position on the suspension of Arenas including the bad word "unfit".I excpect those words from 3rd world or a comminist dictator in the old Eastern europian countries but not from a commisiner of one of the top world class sport Association. Stern reacted towars the bad words of the Immature Arenas, the timing of the suspension was wrong by any standard.GA did not kill any body, he admit his mistake and he is going to get his punishment, he does not deserve to be punished twice for the same mistake, which is being done.There will not be any resoan to suspend him for more than 12 games with out payment.Stern is in a bad situation to extend the punishment to continue to treat his anger towards the wordings of Arenas and try to push him for 20 games.If the so called union is not reacting to this inpartial treatment, it is shame.If NBA commisiner living in USA is acting like the FIFA chairman, where is the value of America? No matter what he did arenas need to be treated the right way, Payment need to be started Now, the team might give him a live of absence until march 26th.If he has a jail time they can hold payment again and start to negotiate with Arenas depending up on the interest of the new owner.contract voiding is a hard issue, but we will see on march.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 26, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

hey Flip, throw Mcgee out there with BTH a little just for craps and giggles. Pau and Bynum are impossible around the rim and you cant expect Haywood to go it alone.

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

and put Nick on Kobe for good long stretches. Get the kid some big time PT for eff sake, enough of your bs mind games. Gotta see what these fools can do and this season's in the crapper anyhow

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Please forgive me for not being so knowledgeable, but what is this BTH (Haywood)? Where did I miss the explanation? Being waiting qiute some time now,but that's all I can take. HELP !

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | January 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The answer is in the first sentence:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Haywood

Posted by: jimwest20 | January 26, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

BTH stands for Brendan Todd Haywood

Please forgive me for not being so knowledgeable, but what is this BTH (Haywood)? Where did I miss the explanation? Being waiting qiute some time now,but that's all I can take. HELP !


Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | January 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: specialg7master | January 26, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

These types of incidents continue to happen in part because the punishments haven't been severe enough! I understand that the union's job is to be the player's advocate, but they can do that and still use it as a teaching tool. They always act initially as if the incident was serious, but usually come back later and come acroos like,"this wasn't really all that bad." Gilbert had gun issues in the past, and apparently whatever punishment he was given didn't phase him. Add in the fact that he apparently had no fear of severe punishment here, doing the idiotic skit during pregame. I think the rest of the season is appropriate for a repeat gun offender. You can't compare it to the Detroit fight. Guns were brought into the work place, why is nobody standing up for the other player who were potentially in harm's way? Aren't you supposed to be their advocate as well?

Posted by: jwat2410 | January 26, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

BTH stands for Brendan Todd Haywood

Thanks for the information , just got back from the game. Never been to the Staples Center until tonight.....

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | January 26, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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