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Wizards' morning brew: Crittenton gets probation

Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty yesterday to a misdemeanor gun possession charge and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation.

Here is the statement released by Crittenton's lawyer and the statement released by the Wizards. The NBA had no immediate comment, but league officials are expected to meet with Crittenton today.

Dan Steinberg points out on the D.C. Sports Bog that yesterday's proffer of facts reveals more contradictions about the Dec. 21 locker room confrontation between Crittenton and Gilbert Arenas.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger says yesterday's events will not help Arenas's situation.

The New York Post's Peter Vescey also weighs in.

Back on the court, Michael Lee previews tonight's game against the Lakers. Yesterday the NBA champions visited the White House.

And Hoopsaddict.com's Rashad Mobley writes about The Fading Patience of Flip Saunders.

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By Alexa Steele  |  January 26, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
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i'm not a law expert but i think the reason why Javaris got probation rather than a harsher sentence probably going to arenas is because
1. Arenas had a prior conviction JC didn't
2. Arenas had 4 guns as evidence and police only had witnesses who saw JC's gun.
3. Arenas showed no remorse, did not think he did anything wrong, made fun of it on twitter, and (cough) the photo. JC took a leave of absence, exercised his right to remain silent and showed remorse when the time came to speak to the authorities.

Posted by: jefferu | January 26, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

^^ Bingo!

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

And don't forget lying. You cannot make me believe that Jarvaris truly believed that Gilber would shoot him. Gilbert is a straightup class a clown. Looks to me that Gil needed to know who his friends were. He really didn't know Jarvaris well enough to do what he did. You can't joke with everyone, especially someone who is known to be hot headed at times. Then to add insult to injury,Gilbert the nut, paid Jarvaris the money he owed him that started all of this crap. Now, the big dummy has to wonder to why he just didn't pay it to begin with and then he wouldn't find himself in the mess he created by acting just plain stupid. Moma always said a fool and his money is soon parted. Not calling Gilbert a fool(because that is not nice) but his actions were clearly foolish. Javaris has left Gil to stew in the hotpot by himself whilst he has managed to get out of the boiling water.

Posted by: ivyleague | January 26, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

In DC if you have a prior gun conviction it's a mandatory felony. The fact he got off with one when it could have been 4...is actually a great deal. I don't think the photo had anything to do with filed charges. That just pissed David Stern off.

The fact is for all the remorse and right to remain silent...Critt pretty much came out and said he never had a gun. So he lied. That's not silent.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Critt pretty much came out and said he never had a gun. So he lied. That's not silent.

Did he say he never had a gun or did he say that the initial accounts of what went down weren't true/accurate. I can't remember if he did or didn't, but there is a difference.

Like it or not, Crit had enough sense to shut up, hire a lawyer and let him do the talking and speaking with investigators/authorities. Gil seems to have thought that he could "personality" his way out of this mess. If so, it was a gross miscalculation.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

And so the dues are being paid for lackadaisical organizational administration. Players allowed to run riot. No accountability.

LEONSIS, a new GM and SAUNDERS can improve the team on the floor, but not until most of the players currently on it aren't.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 26, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Is there a double standard?

Yes!

Gil should feel lucky he can afford a good lawyer because he is taking advantage of the double standards that allows people with money in this country a lighter sentence than those who can’t.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 26, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow!! Peter Vescey really thinks "highly" of the Washington Post. Especially Mike Wise. He trashed both of them:

As usual, Washington Post columnist Mike Wise got swept away by his zeal to report something momentous as yet unrevealed by the New York Post.

About four days after I broke the Latrell Sprewell-P.J. Carlesimo choking incident in absolute detail, on the day it occurred, Wise, a relatively new Knicks beat writer for the New York Times, came up with something fresh and juicy.

His disclosure proved unfounded. My story stood the test of time and white glove inspection by mistrustful journalists, the Player's Association and Sprewell, who, in the end, 'fessed to everything he'd done when we met one-on-one at union headquarters and I refused to back off any part of the story.

About a week following this last exposé, Wise took out the shovel and really dug deep. He unearthed a source that claimed Crittenton took out his pistol and chambered a round after Arenas placed three guns, not four, in front of his locker and told him to choose one.

Everyone halfway in the know is convinced the source was Arenas, whom Wise tenderly psychoanalyzes regularly. Eyewitness Wizards convinced the government the contention was contrived. Crittenton's advocates are convinced it was planted by either Arenas or one of his crew to make Javaris look bad and Gilbert look better.

"How could Javaris do what he's accused of doing?" said a source with intimate awareness of what transpired. "He was in practice shorts and you know they have no pockets. What's more, he was holding his iPod. Everyone interviewed agreed he was holding the iPod. How is he going to chamber it? You've got to have a third hand."

Two weeks after the Sprewell-P.J. viciousness, Wise approached me at the Garden before a Knicks game. He faintly praised the scoop.

"What really surprises me is you found out everything the day it happened," he said.

Not as "mature" then as I am today, Wise's left-handed compliment was not well-received.

"What really surprises me," I responded, "is you found out everything two weeks after it happened."

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | January 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Vescey also predicted that Grunfeld may be reprimanded. Character....Commitment.....Connection!!

At 14-29 going into tonight's invasion by Los Angeles' defending champs, the only thing the Wizards lead the league in is perp walks.

Couple that with a 19-63 record a season ago -- after four consecutive playoff berths -- and I'm guessing it might take more than another stimulus plan to save general manager Ernie Grunfeld's job.

It's one thing to oversee an operation that's losing. It's quite another to oversee one that's losing and lawless.

Grunfeld is almost sure to be sanctioned by the league -- a suspension, perhaps or a sentence of life with Arenas with no possibility of parole -- unless he can convince commissioner David Stern he truly never knew Crittenton brought his own gun to the team's playgroup. If not, he figures to be punished for failing to disclose all the specifics to the league.

Before The New York Post broke the story, I alerted Grunfeld my source claimed Crittenton had a gun. "I wasn't there so I don't know that," he said. "If you were told that you had to be told by someone who was in the locker room."

In a subsequent conversation, I notified Grunfeld The Post confirmed Crittenton brandished his own gun.

"I hope you're right," he said, meaning, for my sake, he hoped the info was on target.

My question is (certainly Stern will want to know the answer to this as well): How could Grunfeld not know Crittenton had a gun when my inside-the-Verizon Center informant testified to it?

Stands to reason, if I got the drop on such vital Intel five days after the incident, how could that knowledge not have been passed on to Grunfeld . . . and then to league officials, who remained in the dark about Crittenton's gun until I called for a comment or reaction.

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | January 26, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

i don't get it. I guess Vescey is saying he's right and wise was wrong, but i don't know that all the facts have been laid out. And since Vescey won't retell his account of the incident (and correct his own various inconsistencies), i don't know how credible this Mike Wise/Grunfeld expose really is. Vescey has been taking heat for over a month for falsely reporting the incident, and has stayed quiet until now, why? Just because critt reached a very weak plea deal, pleading guilty and claiming self defense? Doesn't pass the smell test.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 26, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what would happen if I were to be so careless with my handgun in DC as Crittenton and Arenas were. I think we all know the answer to that.

Unsupervised Probation??? HUH!?!?!? Please, this double-standard thing that the wealthy benefit from has gotten very old. I'll bet they'll let Arenas get off with a stern "tongue lashing" or something just as ridiculous.

UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Posted by: carterm1 | January 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Vescey is just bitter because he bombed on TV.

"My sources tell me... blah blah blah"

Posted by: elfreako | January 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

It is highly one possible for the new owner to kick EG ASAP and support Gilbert.He will try to make a smooth transission with a chance for Arenas to play for him.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 26, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

As pointed out by Steinberg, Vecsey has his own agenda and his own shoddy journalism to account for. He is and always will be a dbag quasi journalist who likes to be more "National Enquirer" than correct.

Vecsey stating that EG is somehow going to be in trouble with the league over this is laughable along with many other "facts" he reported.

It's two dudes in an argument that got out of hand with varying accounts of what really happened based on what bias the person making the statement had. Wow, now that's unusual in a law enforcement conflict!

Bottom line is what is plead to and what the NBA does about it.

GA will get a longer suspension most likely the remainder of the year and Crittenton is looking at 10-20 games. Aside from the NBA, GA is probably getting a month or two of real jail time. I'll be surprised if he doesn't.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"I wonder what would happen if I were to be so careless with my handgun in DC as Crittenton and Arenas were. I think we all know the answer to that.

Unsupervised Probation??? HUH!?!?!? Please, this double-standard thing that the wealthy benefit from has gotten very old. I'll bet they'll let Arenas get off with a stern "tongue lashing" or something just as ridiculous.

UNBELIEVABLE!!!"

Posted by: carterm1

Ummm...no we don't Mr. Carter. Why don't you tell us? Your assumptions are not really correct IMO. In fact, often times people in the public eye are punished more harshly bc it "sends a message" to everyone else and it is publicized. There was really no evidence against JC other than a couple of eyewitness accounts who quickly left the premises or GA himself who is not really going to be viewed as a great witness against JC. If it were Joe Smith of DC, I doubt the AG would bother with the case. As far as GA is concerned, you are a little premature. Don't be surprised if he does get a month or two, which would be inline with what "others" in DC get for similar violations.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"If it were Joe Smith of DC, I doubt the AG would bother with the case. As far as GA is concerned, you are a little premature. Don't be surprised if he does get a month or two, which would be inline with what "others" in DC get for similar violations."

Posted by: rphilli721

I think you should say John Doe because Joe smith was a #1 overall pick out of Maryland a decade ago and now plays for the Atlanta Hawks. But i get your point lol.

Posted by: jefferu | January 26, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

lol..yeah, I actually thought about that as I wrote it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Vescey also predicted that Grunfeld may be reprimanded.

Posted by: hamptonpirates89

I said all along that Grunfeld should be fined/suspended just like Arenas and Crit. He was trying to cover it up. You know he knew what went down when Gil was saying he was keeping the guns away from his kids.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"I said all along that Grunfeld should be fined/suspended just like Arenas and Crit. He was trying to cover it up. You know he knew what went down when Gil was saying he was keeping the guns away from his kids."

This is called pure speculation and talking out of your you know what. But, thanks for the entertainment value! Vecsey does the same thing by the way. You two friends? He had the incident pegged as the OK Corral with guns almost ablaze. Funny huh? If there is an ounce of the validity to this, I'll eat crow, but I guarantee I won't have to.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

the new banner on 6th St side of the VC is hilarious. Haywood in a dunce cap handing out presents, AJ doing something similar, while what looks to be Caron is riding a bike.

Gone is any pretense of playing basketball! All community 'commitment' now

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@G-Man11,

You mean covering it up by calling Stern right after it happened and being told not to discipline the players bc the league was going to deal with it??? That cover up? The friggin court system of DC has varying accounts of what happened and certain inconsistantcies in it's "Proffer of facts" and you expect EG to be held accountable for these same varying facts??? Absurd!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

rphilli

Believe what you want to believe. But the league does not hold people to the "legal" standard on everything. Somethings Stern does on his own. That does not mean Stern will discipline Grunfeld. He probably won't. But in my opinion, Grunfeld knew more than he was telling. But you are probably used to being covered for or cover things up yourself.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 26, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Don't be surprised if he does get a month or two, which would be inline with what "others" in DC get for similar violations."

Posted by: rphilli721"

i'm not sure. On one hand 1-2 months sounds about right, on the other the "sentencing report" is going to be replete with the $100s of thousands Arenas has donated to DC charities, schools, community work done, etc, etc, etc. That stuff counts especially since none of it is in response to getting in trouble (aka Vick's dog rescue fund) and could get him off easier

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

EG would never be fined or disciplined by Stern, those two are as thick as thieves

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"rphilli

Believe what you want to believe. But the league does not hold people to the "legal" standard on everything. Somethings Stern does on his own. That does not mean Stern will discipline Grunfeld. He probably won't. But in my opinion, Grunfeld knew more than he was telling. But you are probably used to being covered for or cover things up yourself."

Ok...continue on in La La land. You have not a clue as to what EG did or did not do. If you think for one second that EG tried some major cover up to save his team and it has somehow gone unreported by now, well, again, continue on in La La land. I'm sure you're big into conspiracy theories too! He probably won't bc you are making it up just like Vecsey, the same reporter who had the OK Corral scenario in his reporting of the incident. Again, what was reported was that EG called Stern right after it happened or right after he found out about it and was told not to discipline the players. Fact! But, you can make up your own stories I suppose!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@Divi3,

Yeah, his charitable contributions etc help, but the actual dollar amounts should not be considered. What is more charitable? GA giving $100,000 or somebody else giving $5,000 when they make $40,000. Catch my drift? He also has priors. It's been suggested in the paper that he will indeed see some length of time behind bars. Two months might be a stretch, but I could see one month very easily.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

EG would never be fined or disciplined by Stern, those two are as thick as thieves

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree...but he should be fired by the new owner!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 26, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Crit knew his fate as soon as he plead guilty. Arenas has to wait eight agonizing weeks to learn his.
Everything about this situation is a bit tougher for Arenas, which isn't a bad thing if it helps him finally learn that if you own guns you better ALWAYS do the right thing with them.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

lol...on what grounds should EG be fined or disciplined by Stern??? He is the f'ing GM of a basketball team, not a detective in charge of gathering evidence against his own players. Please....


Whether or not he should be fired is a whole different discussion.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"lol...on what grounds should EG be fined or disciplined by Stern???"

who's to say the whole "guns away from babies" bs wasnt concocted by Gil and EG?

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

this team wouldnt contend with Kobe on the roster, so yes, EG must go

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Ummm....yeah...ok. You're right! There was one big cover up with EG complicit in the whole thing. La la la la la la la land!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

i'm not sure what makes you think EG is somehow above and beyond trying to brush something under the rug in order to save: the season, the franchise, and his own arse.

lying is hardly rare when there are $10s of millions at stake in every direction

who knows exactly what took place?

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

lol...on what grounds should EG be fined or disciplined by Stern??? He is the f'ing GM of a basketball team, not a detective in charge of gathering evidence against his own players. Please....

Posted by: rphilli721

Because he knew and covered it up. He knew that "bringing the guns to work so my kids would not get hold of them" was untrue. He probably helped cover it up. How long was that story out there before they even said anything about Crit being involved, 2 weeks at least? He let the wizard organization as a hold be a part of the coverup to the league. The team was a part of that. Who represents the team? Grunfeld.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 26, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If it can be proven that Grunfeld lied to league investigators and covered up a potential crime, then of course he should face repercussions. But it can't be proven, so he won't.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 26, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

who's to say the whole "guns away from babies" bs wasnt concocted by Gil and EG?

Posted by: divi3

rphilli.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

That "proffer of facts" makes no sense at all.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 26, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

If it can be proven that Grunfeld lied to league investigators and covered up a potential crime, then of course he should face repercussions. But it can't be proven, so he won't.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Have you heard of JUST-US ?

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I never said Grunfeld should be held criminally accountable. He should be held NBA accountable.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 26, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"I never said Grunfeld should be held criminally accountable."

Neither did I.

"He should be held NBA accountable."

The NBA can't hold him accountable for anything if there's no evidence he did anything that needs to be accounted for..

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 26, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

You guys can dismiss Vecsey all you want. the facts are, he was right when he reported on this a month ago and others tried to downplay the incident. He's been the one whose original story has held up, not the detractors.

He's covered the ABA/NBA for 40+ years, is a Hall of Fame writer, and has more sources than you'd like to know. Steinberg and Wise are understandably teed off that a NY sportswriter scooped them and got the details before they did. That's not my opinion, that's a fact.

You can be sure that Grunfeld is in trouble. Vecsey's account of the talk with Grunfeld was probably done as a favor to him -- Grunfeld and Vecsey are friends going back to the 1970's. Vecsey has already spoken to people close to Stern who have told him that it's very likely that Wizards executives are going to be sanctioned (fine probably, suspension/dismissal doubtful).

If Vecsey were wrong from the get-go, why didn't Grunfeld dismiss the report ? Because he knows the kind of writer Vecsey is and the sources he has and was smart enough not to compound the damage by going after a sportswriter who was more likely than not to be the guy who has the story right more than anybody else.

Vecsey got the story right and continues to do so. Everyone else is being lapped on the course.

Posted by: corvettekid | January 27, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Vecsey is NOT saying Grunfeld willingly withheld information. He's saying that the entire Wizards organization did not delve into this quickly enough to get the real facts behind the story.

Read Vecsey's account again. Remember, folks were attacking Vecsey's account as early as 12/21/09. Now, they're all vouching for what he said back then, just saying that Vecsey is NOW wrong.

Posted by: corvettekid | January 27, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Corvettekid,

Vecsey's original account has plenty of hyperbole and incorrect "facts" as does the story by Mike Wise. To say flat out "he was right when he reported this a month ago" is an incorrect statement. Regardless, saying EG is complicit in this and is going to be sanctioned by the league is bs. Why hasn't the league acted yet? Both players have already plead to their cases so I see no reason why there would be a delay. Additionally, GA and EG are probably not exactly on the best of terms at the moment so if GA wanted to exact some sort of revenge against the organization he feels abandoned him, he could start by revealing a cover up. Alas, there isn't one. Just bc GA tried to cover this up himself does not make EG culpable in any way. Vecsey traffics in sensational journalism. He writes for the NY Post for crying out loud. He's not far away from writing for TMZ.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 27, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

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