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Wizards' morning brew: more Arenas opining

By the way, there's a game Tuesday night. It's in Philadelphia. But in the meantime, the Gilbert Arenas gun story continues to move forward. Arenas met with law enforcement investigators for two hours Monday about last month's incident and why he brought his firearms to Verizon Center. He also released a statement apologizing to his teammates, the league and his fans.

People around the country are starting to weigh in on Gilbert Arenas and the gun incident. In no particular order:

*John Feinstein on washingtonpost.com says Arenas has worn out his welcome.

*Stephen A. Smith, via his official Web site and foxsports.com says that the black community suffers most from actions like the one Arenas took.

*Jemele Hill of ESPN.com is saying Arenas and Javaris Crittenton should be suspended for the rest of the season.

*SB Nation discusses the fall of Gilbert Arenas.

*ESPN.com's True Hoop blog delves into the gun culture that is prevalent in the NBA.

*Will Leitch on New York Magazine's Web site is highly amused by Arenas's Tweets.

*Fanhouse's Tom Ziller believes the furor caused by this incident magnifies the fact that the NBA still suffers from an image problem rooted in racism.

*George Dohrmann of SI.com says Arenas has learned nothing from Plaxico Burress.

*On CBS's Early Show, TNT's Kenny Smith weighed in on the Arenas incident.

*Michael K. Ozanian opines on his sports business blog on Forbes.com that the gun incident could produce the kind of bad P.R. that sinks NBA Commissioner David Stern's attempts to bring legalized gambling throughout the country to the league.

*Jay Mariotti at FanHouse and Peter Vecsey in the New York Post also weigh in.

On a far more lighthearted note, Caron Butler was featured in the Post's recurring "On Love" feature in which he talks about marriage.


Around the league ...

Four games Monday night, and here's the recap courtesy of NBA.com's Daily Zap:

By Ed Guzman  |  January 5, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders  
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Comments

To be fair to Letterman, the Wizards have made themselves a punch line.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Why does the public need to be fair to LETTERMAN. Is he indicted? He didn't develop the material that became the punch-line. GIL did that all on his own, at least as far as we know.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone else now see what I meant when I posted here starting last spring about how bad the idea of caving to ARENAS' demand was? He held POLLIN and the team hostage and won. GIL runs the show in this town, and all us fans are just along for the ride. Now what Ms. POLLIN? BTW how's that transfer to TED going? Has the pricing been restructured?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Gil knows (what some of us on here all ready know) that he's never going to be known as a one of the elite players in the NBA, but at least the country is now talking about him and in this country that means more to some than winning a championship.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

gil should talk about letterman stroking fat women in production meetings in his postgame interview. then talk about how the only thing he did wrong was try to live by the locker room code of what happens in here stays in here. Bringing the guns was wrong and illegal, but from the most recent accounts of the incident there was no malicious intent and no one was hurt. that leads me to believe that this incident would have flown under the radar if everyone involved respected the sanctity of the locker room. The guns weren't exposed on a plane or in the street, or on the practice court or in the parking lot. He did it in the locker room cuz what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. unless someone gets scared i guess.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

If at all possible you move Arenas. No matter what you take back you move him.

UNLESS, you can void his deal. That would be the perfect situation.

A felony conviction will not happen. No harm resulted, ala PLAXICO BURRIS. So no bailout. Let's give any GM who's willing to listen our first this summer, NICK YOUNG, JAVALE McGEE, and ARENAS. We get back an older marginal player or two in return.

What a deal. I love a good time. I wouldn't be GRUNFELD if I was paid twice his money. And it's going to be his fault for bringing these players together, and shelling out those horrific contracts to ARENAS, STEVENSON, JAMISON and JAMES. POLLIN left everything up to ERNIE right?

ABE of course is out of it, and I'm sure IRENE can't wait to sell either.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Man, where's baseball season when you need it? Oh, wait.............

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 5, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@glawrence007

do you seriously mean trade NY, JM and Gil and a first round pick for "an older marginal player or two in return"? if not i'm cool with you, but if so, that sounds crazy. why do we need to get rid of a first rd pick and our last two first rd pick and a top ten scorer and assist man for some marginal old players (like we don't already have enough Earl Boykins, OLDberto,Mike James). Aren't we trying to improve this team. How bout all you chicken littles wait for the other shoe to drop before you pull out the doomsday plan. No one will take Gil right now or if he's suspended, at least not for much in return. But what if somehow he slides and gets probation and comm service a few games suspended? Is he the reason we lose now? No. Is he a reason why we can't bring in a big FA? Yes, but there are a couple other guys who are very well compensated and don't play as well who i'd dump first.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

As I mentioned in the previous thread, Delonte West is still playing - if Stern suspends Gil, then Delonte must be suspended as well.

Also, Sebastian Telfair carried a LOADED gun on his teams plane a few years ago and was only fined. Telfair said it was his girlfriend's - that he picked up her bag by mistake. Yeah, right.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"George Dohrmann of SI.com says Arenas has learned nothing from Plaxico Burress."

And Jayson Williams.

I thought it was ironic that he is back in the news as this all went down.

Somebody should remind Gil about him playing with guns and accidentally killing someone.

"Jemele Hill of ESPN.com is saying Arenas and Javaris Crittenton should be suspended for the rest of the season."

I hope not. Then we can't trade him until the summer. :P

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Gil knows (what some of us on here all ready know) that he's never going to be known as a one of the elite players in the NBA, but at least the country is now talking about him and in this country that means more to some than winning a championship.

Wow...I understand you don't like the man...but do you really think his thought process is "I'll never be an elite player, who needs this $111 million dollars? I'll just risk going to jail so people will talk about me."

Shut up.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"Is he a reason why we can't bring in a big FA? Yes . . ."

no, he's not. The reasons why Washington can't bring in big FA's have little to do with money.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 5, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton weighing in on the GA situation carries about as much weight as DC_Man.

Next we'll be hearing from Jesse Jackson.

GA is an immature young man. He needs to go talk to Mrs Pollin and explain what happened. In her statement she seemed most upset about this ---justifiably so.

Posted by: VBFan | January 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It's not a party until Jesse Jackson runs through. He is the Emperor of Black People you know...

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

kal what are the other reason's? speaking on this past offseason and going into the future. i just wanna know why we can't if money ain't an issue.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The Bullets/Wizards have never been a particularly attractive destination for high-profile FAs. Back in the Unseld era, it was mostly because (A) the team stunk and (B) of Abe's running the franchise like a small mom-n-pop operation. Playing in Washington was the equivalent of basketball exile. The profile probably improved some during the playoff years under Jordan, but they didn't have the money to go after anyone significant. Now, given all of the drama and turmoil, the uncertain ownership situation, and (again) the losing, there's little reason to think any major FAs would would be particularly interested in the Wizards, even if they did have money.

Sure, they could find someone to take their money (if they had any), but it likely wouldn't be anyone who made a major difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Arenas violated NBA league policy by bringing a gun, loaded or unloaded, into the locker room. Clear and simple. For this he should be suspended. Clear and simple. Why are we making excuses for these grown men who feel that the rules do not apply to them? Arenas is lucky his gun was unloaded, or so he says, and that nobody was injured because of his stupidity and basic disregard for league policy. I for one will not miss him if he is in fact given the rest of the season off!

Posted by: torigrl | January 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Also, if Arenas's contract were voided, it would leave the team without any kind of marquee player, which would make it even tougher to attract FAs.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

thx

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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