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Wizards' statement on Arenas suspension

"We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert's recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert's behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin's leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so."

Ernie Grunfeld, President, Washington Wizards
Irene Pollin, Principal Owner, Washington Sports and Entertainment (WSE)
Robert Pollin, Chief Executive Officer, WSE
James Pollin, President, WSE

By Alexa Steele  |  January 6, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
 
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lol @ signing 0 to that contract then selling him out.

go phuk urself EG.

Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for 10 years of losing.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

If the Wiz (Ernie Grunfeld) REALLY felt Gil's actions last night were inappropriate, the WIZ would have suspended him before Stern had a chance.
Ted Leonsis, please show Ernie the door when you take over this team. The players neither fear nor respect the current leadership.

Posted by: and_1 | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Selling him out, really!! Come on the man was pictured laughing with "gun ablazing" finger puppet style on court yesterday. He thinks this is a joke and now the hammer comes down on him and his being sold out. No f-ing way man Gilbert sold himself out here. Gilbert should have taken the seriously from the start. Happy go lucky can only get you so far. Now he's got to be a man and grow up and take responsibilty for his actions. the hibachu done burnt himself out. Sad...

Posted by: Berndaddy | January 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders staring at himself naked in the mirror: "What the F have I gotten myself into?!"
Yep. Welcome to DC Flipper. Where careers go to crash and burn!

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

lol @ signing 0 to that contract then selling him out.
go phuk urself EG.
Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 4:20 PM

Hey Mental midget - ever heard of voidable contractual terms?

preshrunk - u smart enough to see what 1 of those terms are?

Can't wait to rebuild this team with all the cap space!

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Ted, PLEASE get in here and blow this thing up!

Posted by: jfwil | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Now void the contract and give that money to Chris Bosh.

"Get ready for 10 years of losing."

Are you kidding? Only if he stays.

"lol @ signing 0 to that contract then selling him out."

Clearly you are not a Wizards fan. NRA maybe???

This is good news, the next move is a statement saying the Wiz are going to void his deal.

Ted Leonsis has started the process of buying the team as he said last night during the Caps game. I hope he cleans house personally.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Agent Zero = $0

Posted by: tony325 | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse


If the Wiz (Ernie Grunfeld) REALLY felt Gil's actions last night were inappropriate, the WIZ would have suspended him before Stern had a chance.
Ted Leonsis, please show Ernie the door when you take over this team. The players neither fear nor respect the current leadership.
Posted by: and_1 | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM |

Hey mental midget2 - ever hear of getting more ammo for the fight?
With the NBA setting precedence, the contract voiding for personal conduct is easier.

ur grey matter meter = ZERO. Chump.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: Wizards play a much more team oriented and a much improved game of basketball now without Arenas. That is of course if Jamison doesn't resort back to last year's 30 shots a game (25 from the perimeter.)

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse


If the Wiz (Ernie Grunfeld) REALLY felt Gil's actions last night were inappropriate, the WIZ would have suspended him before Stern had a chance.
Ted Leonsis, please show Ernie the door when you take over this team. The players neither fear nor respect the current leadership.
Posted by: and_1 | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM |

Hey mental midget2 - ever hear of getting more ammo for the fight?
With the NBA setting precedence, the contract voiding for personal conduct is easier.

ur grey matter meter = ZERO. Chump.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

no matter how much y'all hate gil and show up here once in a blue moon to trash him....his contract isnt going to be voided.

Posted by: divi3 | January 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they called all the other players out who thought that stupid stunt was hilarious. Clean house and throw your name in the ring for the HUGE free agent class this offeason.

Posted by: SantanaClaus89 | January 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I have a problem with this. The NBA and the Wizards have made an absolute judgement without due process.

The decision made may well be one that the League and the Wizards may have eventually arrived at, but to do it this way opens them up to not only to a fight with the Players Union, but also a lawsuit by Arenas.

This has Curt Flood written all over it, in a symbolic way only for the Flood suit was an entirely different matter.

This goes to how the League deals with the due process of its players.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"no matter how much y'all hate gil and show up here once in a blue moon to trash him....his contract isnt going to be voided."

Don't bet on it. Remember Abe and Stern were close friends.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Gil was an idiot for his pre game stuff and post conference last night. That finished him and Stern basically said that he's coming down hard. I also got the sense from the Wizards statements that they may have actually called on Stern to do it and they were sick of Gil also

Posted by: dlts20 | January 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mental midget - ever heard of voidable contractual terms?

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM

your boy Abe signed him to those terms. i'll be SHOCKED if they are able to void it. if they do it will be at least 6 months from now. who's the chump now?

Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

regarding voiding contract, read up on all the espn guys, like adande, talking about how hard it is to actually void a contract. back when latrell choked his coach in his warrior days, the team was still unable to void his contract. the NBAPA will most certainly fight for arenas to get his money.

That all being said, I wonder how last night's stupidity affects the likelihood of voiding the contract. I watched that interview live post-game and my jaw dropped when i heard him say he thinks he's done nothing wrong. he just put out a statement talking about how bad it was, and talked to mike wise right before the game talking about remorse! I have been a big time arenas fan, but I gotta say that I'm pretty close to taking down that autographed jersey from our rec-room wall. I can't let my daughter grow up in a house that even remotely endorses a guy with such little common sense, let alone moral standards.

I don't blame anyone for coming down hard on this guy. He's a big disappointment to all of us who have stood strong and hopeful the last two years. I love the Wizards, and will continue to, but man, what a mess.

Posted by: SomebodyBeatstheWiz | January 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Ted Leonsis has started the process of buying the team as he said last night during the Caps game. I hope he cleans house personally.
- Ray
Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:29 PM

I'm hoping Ray that means some of these mental midget fans get cleaned out by some pandemic too.
Of course, based on Caps fan boards under Ted, it's not that easy.

Stupidity is in the DNA.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I take it no one read where Stern instructed the wizards NOT TO TAKE any actions in r4egaurds to Gilbert AT LEAST if you are going to trash people get the facts straight before doing so

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey mental midget2 - ever hear of getting more ammo for the fight?
With the NBA setting precedence, the contract voiding for personal conduct is easier.

ur grey matter meter = ZERO. Chump.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM

Ever heard of being a COWARD??
I'm sure you have since it's a trait you and Ernie have in common. Next time use your real User ID, coward.
And stop embarrassing your family like this!!!

Posted by: and_1 | January 6, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This is good news, the next move is a statement saying the Wiz are going to void his deal.

Ted Leonsis has started the process of buying the team as he said last night during the Caps game. I hope he cleans house personally.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:29 PM

Ray, I'm not sure what you are smoking. What free agent is coming to DC after watching the Wizards sell out yet another superstar. They traded Resheed Wallace for run-ins with the law. They traded Webber after run-ins with the law. They fired the greatest player ever in the NBA. And now the release a statement that sells out their star player. And then you look at the Lakers who fully support their superstar after he is CHARGED with rape (raping a white woman). Please the Wizards are done for the next ten years.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Also, believe it or not, Stern hasn't done the Wizards any favors. Without Gilbert Ted Leonsis price for the Wizards just dropped enormously.

Can you say expansion Team price.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

There should be zero% tolerance for any player to be so stupid as to come in with guns blazing, he should be suspended forever and spend some time behind bars along with the jerks who thought this behavior funny. They bring SHAME to the sport!!

Posted by: Joyce1 | January 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This is all just a huge drag. Oh well. I guess I can go back to watching House and Law & Order reruns instead of Wizards games.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Old white guys, politicians, and media types piling on to THEIR advantage just like a pack of hyenas tearing at a carcass. Enjoy the example you set, see the next athlete and how he responds to you howling curs.

Posted by: h20law2000 | January 6, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert's behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable."

enjoy your spot on the bench, nick

Posted by: divi3 | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Sad. But good riddance to bad rubbish. And oh yea, don't let the door hitcha on the way out.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Ray, I'm not sure what you are smoking. What free agent is coming to DC after watching the Wizards sell out yet another superstar."

Sell out?

Dude, get a grip. Guns have one purpose in life...to kill. Gilbert Arenas brought unregistered guns into his work place and then begin to play with them like they were toys.

Jayons Williams KILLED someone by doing the same exact thing. This is all Gilbert Arena's doing, NOT the Wizards doing.

When Ted Leonsis buys the team I expect things to go much better, and hope he fires everyone and starts from scratch.

Gilbert Arenas sold out Gilbert Arenas because he's a stupid little boy who will never grow up. And what does he do last night? Pretends to SHOOT his team mates with his hands. All after writing a bogus apology to everyone.

Com'on man.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

FIRE EG!!!!

Posted by: prescrunk | January 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

in that picture it looks like Jamison's doing an uneasy, avert-your-eyes laugh. this was sprung on the players spur of the moment probably and they didn't really know how to react.

Posted by: SadieV | January 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"Pretends to SHOOT his team mates with his hands. All after writing a bogus apology to everyone."

that's probably because the initial reports about an armed showdown were completely false and he has made fun of those report from day1.

and yes, he is borderline retarded to have done that last night.

btw, jayson williams was drunk, and pointing a loaded shotgun at someone "in jest. not same thing at all

Posted by: divi3 | January 6, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas real crime was stealing $100 million from the really dumb Washington Wizards when he was in fact injured and unable to play. Otherwise all this would be forgiven.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree the Wizards only now appear to be upset by Arenas' comments and actions. I really don't think he a bad guy however I believe his actions (if true)were totally inappropriate and he must pay the price. It sets a bad example for young people and hurts the NBA. The other players should not have encourage his behavior last night. To be honest I would not be surprised now to see the Wizards go on a winning streak. The chemistry has been lousy with Arenas in the lineup.

Posted by: bscoleman | January 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas real crime was stealing $100 million from the really dumb Washington Wizards when he was in fact injured and unable to play. Otherwise all this would be forgiven.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 4:54 PM


Dove I wont get into name calling or insult your intellegence but at the time they signed Gilbert Arenas Golden State had a offer to gilbert for $107 million LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, for all the "fake" shooting Gilbert did last night, he just shot himself in the foot - both feet.

Posted by: cannontl | January 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dude, get a grip. Guns have one purpose in life...to kill. Gilbert Arenas brought unregistered guns into his work place and then begin to play with them like they were toys.

Jayons Williams KILLED someone by doing the same exact thing. This is all Gilbert Arena's doing, NOT the Wizards doing.

When Ted Leonsis buys the team I expect things to go much better, and hope he fires everyone and starts from scratch.

Gilbert Arenas sold out Gilbert Arenas because he's a stupid little boy who will never grow up. And what does he do last night? Pretends to SHOOT his team mates with his hands. All after writing a bogus apology to everyone.

Com'on man.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2010 4:47 PM

Ray, my reaction was to your first state that "This is good news, the next move is a statement saying the Wiz are going to void his deal."

If I'm a player no matter how bad I screw up I want some support from my family. The Wizards are his family and they've just kicked (him hard) under the bus. If you're a player do you want to play for an organization like that? Hell no. Added to that you try and take his money. It took 10 years to recover from kicking Chris Webber out and it will take another ten years to recover from this.

Daryll

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Such BS. How many times in the last 20 years have Wizards/Bullets been picked up for DWI? How is what Gilbert did anywhere close to worse than that?

Also, good luck attracting any free agents after selling out your own superstar like this. I hope the Wiz void Arenas's contract and he goes to Spain or Greece and dominates there. The NBA and his team have totally F'ed him over.

Posted by: IrenePollin | January 6, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Jayson Williams, incidentally, killed someone by shooting him with a loaded shotgun. Gilbert Arenas did not come close to killing someone, so quit it with the false equivalencies.

Posted by: IrenePollin | January 6, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

btw, jayson williams was drunk, and pointing a loaded shotgun at someone "in jest. not same thing at all

Posted by: divi3


For what it's worth, I think it's the same think. The issue with drunkeness is the diminished judgment that affects others around you. Neither Gilbert nor Javaris were drunk, but they displayed some really lousy judgment.

And in Jayson Williams' case, no was really sure the gun was loaded until they saw blood spatter.

In this case, no one was hurt, thankfully; but again, if someone, even someone I know, is waving a gun at me, I'm not stopping to try and figure out if either they or the gun are loaded.

Posted by: mabkhar | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I have a problem with this. The NBA and the Wizards have made an absolute judgement without due process.

LarryInClintonMD.

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Gil already admitted that he brought guns to the Verizon Center. That in and of itself is enough to warrant his suspension according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. What happens next remains to be seen, but the league is on firm legal ground regarding the suspension.

It's too bad because I don't think Gil is a bad guy, but you can't just do whatever you want and think there will be no repercussions because you're a highly paid athlete.

Posted by: sonny2 | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Dove I wont get into name calling or insult your intellegence but at the time they signed Gilbert Arenas Golden State had a offer to gilbert for $107 million LOL Posted by: rnorris6

Another model franchise ay? And did they also know Arenas was really injured at the time? Exactly.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Another model franchise ay? And did they also know Arenas was really injured at the time? Exactly.

Posted by: dovelevine |
Not at all MY POINT IS they were not just giving away money there were even other teams that had offers a little under $100 mill and every single one of them knew of gilberts injury issues at the time he signed with the wizards

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck to the Wizards and Gilbert.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@LarryInClintonMD.

He admitted to brining the guns into the locker room. What else needs due process. The team should've suspended him indefinetly then.

You still drinking the Arenas Kool-aid dude??

Posted by: kevenjones | January 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes the League does have the right to suspend, so they should have called him in with The Players Union and suspended him.

They did not, so they left themselves open to acting recklessly in the matter.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

And how to EG sell him out? I'm lost here. Did he or didn't he get caught with firearms in the lockeroom?

Then to compound things he tweets dumb shi* and plays to shoot his teammates and they laugh. WOW

How can anyone defend this behavior with the problems we have faced for years in the DMV around gun violence???

Posted by: kevenjones | January 6, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Will Gil be the scapegoat for Stern trying to clean up the NBA? O i don't hope Stern goes all macho and bans Gil long term just to prove his "toughness" BEFORE a formal jury hearing. In gil's case, was there any malicious attempt? wait for it to go to court and then make a better decision

Posted by: knowbow | January 6, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to rebuild this team with all the cap space!

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse
yup i bet top tier FAs are lining up to play for a team that throws their superstars under the bus.The front office does a total 180 in terms of how they were handling this. Sure they didn't suspend him, but soon as stern did they rolled over . I doubt anyone is coming to washington any time soon especially if Gil is gone and their are no other star players on the team to share the load. Do you really think Bosh,Wade or Tha Kang(James) is coming here? Especially if people can't keep their mouths shut about personal or locker room business. You know how these guys get down and people's lives (like Gil's) can be ruined if the wrong private conversation or incident goes public.


Seriously, some of yall may think i'm jacking around, but athletes take their locker room seriously. it's their place and it has a level of sanctity. I'm sure there are guys on the wiz wondering who they can trust in that locker room.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't Stern say something about that prejudice Clippers owner? I see that the NBA doesn't circle there wagon like the men in blue one is of the right color in the League.

Posted by: ddrum | January 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

And in Jayson Williams' case, no was really sure the gun was loaded until they saw blood spatter.

In this case, no one was hurt, thankfully; but again, if someone, even someone I know, is waving a gun at me, I'm not stopping to try and figure out if either they or the gun are loaded.

Posted by: mabkhar | January 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

jayson williams situation keeps coming up and people who talk about it are acting like high schoolers on parent teacher night. Give all the info not just that he pointed a gun like Gil did. Williams came home in the wee hours of the morning after a late night of eating and drinking with friends. once he was home he invited his guests and limo driver into his home. Apparently the limo driver wasn't supposed to come upstairs or into a certain room, because williams began berating the driver and then tried to do a trick with his double barelled shotgun that he aimed at the driver. When the gun snapped shut he (williams) accidentally squeezed the trigger and killed his driver. it is his job as the gun owner to know if it is loaded or not he may have forgot loading his gun (but Gil was certain and correct that his were't loaded) .he then disrobed and asked all of his guests to assist him in covering up his driver's murder. He was standing close enough to the man that his clothes were soaked in blood spatter from the shot.


It plays out a lil differently than 3 guns being placed on a stool, but other than that you guys are dead on.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

For those uninformed "basketball fans" who somehow think that the league did the dirty work for the Wiz--there is a league-mandated ethics clause. So, the league is ruling on that clause.

Man, some of you people are amazing. The Wiz are his "family?" Got news, the Wiz are his employer, and Gil didn't abide by his contract (see above). The players may be like family to him, but from what has been reported from Philly, they aren't the kind of family that is helpful when someone is in trouble. No "due process?" Again, news to the clueless--Gil will get due process through the Grand Jury and almost certain indictment and trial (unless he pleas out). The contract clause (see above) does not call for "due process" in the juridical sense.

The bottom line: 1) Gilbert Arenas violated his contract. He does have the opportunity for appeal to Stern's decision. 2) Gilbert Arenas appears to have committed one or more felonies. He has the opportunity to make his case through the legal system. Number one is contract law, number two is criminal law.

Good luck Gil. Think of Vick and Plax.

Posted by: DCBuff | January 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

News Flash: the Wizards sucked big time without Gilbert last season. I would have expected differently, but they did. 75%+ percent of the players are under-acheiving this season, and Gilbert is by far not the only player problem we are witnessing. I'll argue that Gilbert's recent assessment is somewhat accurate: both his performance AND numbers would look good for a returning injured star player, IF the team was winning. If Gilbert's play this season is the cause of everyone ELSE playing bad too, then go ahead and say it. And I'll call you a genius for recognizing something that apparently, EG, Flip, and all the other players are missing or as yet unable to control. Bottom line is, Gilbert is now being made a convenient scape goat for a whole load of team problems we had not expected. I have never criticized EG before, but I DO think he is now throwing Gil under the bus. Hop on the bandwagon if you will. Gilbert's actions with the guns from the accurate reports, were stupid for a mature adult and worthy of a minor crime conviction, maybe a year's probation or even a fine. Gilbert is not yet a mature adult, and he'll be the first to admit that. So I cut him some slack on immaturity since he at leasted has channeled them into some other positive attributes. Wise approach; convict him of a stern misdemeanor and everyone move on, and stop pretending he threatened someone or committed a robbery with the gun, and stop figuring this is a way to get out of a sports contract. I shouldn't even be commenting here; it's been a long time since I saw such a sickening case of mob rule mentality. Let's not get distracted from the major checklist of team failures over the past 2 months, and stop trying to pin them all on one player.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 6, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

oh, by the way. All you all wanting to look at the free agent class, you must have just moved to town, or are under age 20. NBA free agents have avoided DC like the plague for the 35 years I've been a fan. This had ALMOST turned around due to the SUCCESS fo Arenas and to a lesser degree Butler, and Jamison. If this story blows sky high, then we're back to the plague. So everyone keep working up into a frenzy, and you just wait and see what free agents consider DC. Talk about your zero. By the way, you cannot draft free agents. Interpreted - we're not getting any class of '10 free agents. In fact, my big fear now is losing Miller, this year's one bright spot.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 6, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

great post ragtop repost it on the most recent thread.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

let's see how the potential FAs react to the way the city and the organization has rallied around their superstar.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 6, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I think many in here want to see Gil go because he is not the player he was (owing to his failed self-rehabilitation), the team is lousy with him and stuck in the mud of his albatross contract. I admit, as a 30-year suffering Wiz fan, I'd like to see him go, period, so we can build a genuine contender with superstars with the maturity to play the team-first ball needed to win championships.

That is separate from the gun incident, and I think some in here are getting the two confused. Judging the incident based on a wish for a better team is misguided and the sort of prejudice that distorts the justice system.

People in here are right not to compare him to Plaxico Burress, Pacman Jones, etc. (an exceedingly low bar, but OK) True, Gil did not pull a gun on someone. True the gun was not loaded. True, Gilbert was probably only joshing.

That said, he broke real gun laws, this despite having a previous gun-related conviction. That not only shows bad judgement, but a blatant disregard for rather serious laws. Rather than admit what happened, he kept it secret, and when he was outed, responded with a bunch of tweets making fun of the whole affair. Again, a blatant disregard for the seriousness of his actions. He offered a faux apology, then proceeded to make fun of the whole affair again at the Sixers game. As this thing has escalated, he has continuously shown utter disregard for the seriousness of it. He has had multiple chances to set things straight, but continues to play Me vs. The World, much as he does on the basketball court.

Whether that will land him in jail is a legal matter. Whether that will improve the team is yet another. However, whether the Wiz want to get rid of him because he broke morality clauses, and continues to show no remorse, is their prerogative. As for "having his back", they owe him no more than he owes them, and when you make your team a national disgrace and continue to flaunt your team, fans, city, the commissioner, the NBA and its reputation, the amount owed is admittedly very little.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 6, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you can say that Arenas is a cancer any longer. The patient may have actually died last night....

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Let me be clear. I was on the blog site when the news first hit. I said then that this was serious and that Gilbert and Crit careers were gone according to NBA rules.

Now that being said, due process I hold in very high regard. It was due process that blew the OJ Simpson case. The cops believing that he was the murderer and he might well have been, blew the case for the prosecution by monkeying around with the evidence. That is all due process.

Due process ignored makes a mockery of the Law. So alls I am saying is that if the NBA had and they do the right to suspend Gilbert, they should do it the right way.

I think time will tell that they have not.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

DCBuff,

THANK YOU for your well-reasoned and well-written explanation of the situation.

Posted by: sloppyawn | January 6, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD:

I have a problem with this. The NBA and the Wizards have made an absolute judgement without due process.

The NBA has a clause that states you can be suspended for one year minimum and possibly permanently from the league for taking a gun into the locker room. He admitted to having (4)guns in the locker room. The league is enforcing a rule. No due process required. Not sure what the players union can argue unless the league suspends him for life for a first offense. And I'm not sure whether they can really argue that.


Posted by: madstamina | January 6, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Genius commenters: Gil's contract cannot be voided because he didn't put himself or anyone else in harms way. Plain and simple English in his contract... so he and his 111 mil ain't going anywhere unless they trade him. Once y'all are done with your knee-jerk reactions, try to look at this situation in context. Stephen Jackson was suspended for a more serious gun incident, but it didn't end his career. Besides Artest, the other fighting players in the Malice at the Palace all had their suspensions reduced, eventually. Delonte West hasn't even stopped playing! Gil will be back soon enough if he's not in jail, and would not have been suspended at all (at this time) if he wasn't stupid enough to pull the flesh revolvers on TV last night. What a mo-ron. He deserves what he gets for being so dumb.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | January 6, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

You can take 'em out of the ghetto, and you can pay 'em millions of dollars, but you can't make that tribal thing go away.

Funny what a backlash occurs when team management does the only thing it can do. I've never seen more excuses for inexcusable behavior. Stern keeps trying to keep the game from descending into a midnight basketball fest in Compton. He's fighting a losing battle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | January 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Arenas only has himself to blame, but your comments are way out of line, curmudgeon10.
Seems like the vast majority of NBA athletes don't act this way, no matter where they grew up or what their race, so you can take your talk of "tribal", "Compton" and "ghetto" and shove it.

Posted by: minorthread | January 6, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the Wizards can make the playoffs. However it would be more prudent for them get in the lottery and get a shot at John Wall and begin the rebuilding process. Those silly "tribal," "Compton," and "ghetto" comments by some disturbed commentor were very ignorant and childish.

Posted by: Theone9 | January 7, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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