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Wizards' statement on charge filed against Arenas

The Washington Wizards just issued the following statement:

"We are aware of the charge filed against Gilbert Arenas today and will continue to follow the ongoing legal process very carefully. We will also continue to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA. Beyond our previous statements on this serious and unfortunate matter, will have no further comment at this time."

By Alexa Steele  |  January 14, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
 
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F the Wizards... show some support for OUR STAR! This will be plead down & he will never serve 1 day.

Posted by: tony325 | January 14, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

16.TERMINATION.
(a) The Team may terminate this Contract upon written notice to the Player if the Player shall:

(i) at any time, fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct to standards of good citizenship, good moral character (defined here to mean not engaging in acts of moral turpitude, whether or not such acts would constitute a crime), and good sportsmanship, to keep himself in first class physical condition, or to obey the Team’s training rules;

http://www.nbpa.com/cba_exhibits/exhibitA.php

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 14, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Presumably, much of this charge is grounded in information stemming from Arenas' own "cooperation" with investigating authorities.

So it's going to be hard for him to plead anything but guilty -- and then subject himself to the mercy of the court during the sentencing phase of the process.

Then with a felony conviction, the Wizards can void this loser's contract.

All in all, a good day for all concerned!

Posted by: Vic1 | January 14, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually I think this IS the plea - he'll plead guilty to one felony rather than risk being charged with four felony counts.

Posted by: hubcap | January 14, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If Gilby pleads guilt and whether or not he goes to jail, it would be a good way to show the kids out there that support Gilby that nobody is above the law.

That would be a great deterrent.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The question is how much time will he serve.

Posted by: 2020doc | January 14, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

He's being charged with a felony, he hasn't plead anything yet. This is another step in the process - Gilbert is not a convicted felon (yet).

Posted by: Kev29 | January 14, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

F the Wizards... show some support for OUR STAR! This will be plead down & he will never serve 1 day.

Posted by: tony325 | January 14, 2010 6:09 PM


Our star in DC is done and will never play another game. I like Gil but if youre going to be a star in this league, get paid like one, you better start to act like one and not be a self proclaim "goof-ball" then craping in people shoes. This may help Gil as a person to grow up when its all said and done. The Wiz have to void his contract, they have no choice. Remember Juwan Howard, look how long it took the franchise to recover.

Posted by: dsquare | January 14, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Jail time...

From packing heat to packing fudge....what a potential turn in events.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"He's being charged with a felony, he hasn't plead anything yet. This is another step in the process - Gilbert is not a convicted felon (yet).

Posted by: Kev29 | January 14, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse "

Reports have Gilby showing up at court tomorrow to plead guilty.

I think the prosecution is letting him off the hook by not charging him 4 total counts, but rather one.

That's probably what was negotiated.

As I said before, Gilby had a gun charge in CA, so he may pay this time.

He's not a first time offender.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

i am sorry to inform all the genius writers of this blog that this felony charge for one gun is already negotiated down. unfortunately, our star is going to be in prison from anywhere from 1 to 5 years . Wizard should have learned from Webber, Howard. for young man with incredible responsibilities and large contract, they need a mentor like figure to help them guide and work with them commit to principals of normalm life. Lakers did that after Kobie went through his issues , he has now reached a sainthood status .Why cant Wizard be proactive and devlop a instituitional program which allow these young stars to live a examplry life and protect the fundamental values that ABe held close to his heart.

Posted by: maz3 | January 14, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

He's not a first time offender.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 6:53 PM

Yes, I remember that, Man I think he may get 6 months of jail time. Damm I feel for Gil

Posted by: dsquare | January 14, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"i am sorry to inform all the genius writers of this blog that this felony charge for one gun is already negotiated down. unfortunately, our star is going to be in prison from anywhere from 1 to 5 years . Wizard should have learned from Webber, Howard. for young man with incredible responsibilities and large contract, they need a mentor like figure to help them guide and work with them commit to principals of normalm life. Lakers did that after Kobie went through his issues , he has now reached a sainthood status .Why cant Wizard be proactive and devlop a instituitional program which allow these young stars to live a examplry life and protect the fundamental values that ABe held close to his heart.

Posted by: maz3 | January 14, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse "

Several points:

* Gilby, without his lawyer, still maintains that he did nothing wrong.

* The quality of the individual on the team is determined the environment he was brought up in...the only difference between a thug and a thug in the NBA is that the latter has basketball talent.

* Wasn't Sam Cassell brought onboard to teach Gilby not only how to play as a point guard, but also to mentor him?

A team can only do so much for an individual. Basketball players just like the rest of the workforce are expendable commodities.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"the only difference between a thug and a thug in the NBA is that the latter has basketball talent."

Gil's no thug and you know that.

The Austin Powers gun???

Gil's a FOOL, not a hood'

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

funny thing is that Crittenton is the one who actually committed more of a crime...if all of the statements are true about what happened in the lockerroom. agent zero just brought 4 pistols (albeit unregistered/unlicensed) to the lockerroom and laid them out for crittenton to choose one so he (crittenton) could use to pop a cap in his @$$...
crittenton, however, pulled out a gun of his own, actually chambered a round and pointed it at agent zero. that to me is way more of a crime than what arenas did...
but since they dont have crittentons gun...they cant charge him with anything and this is all falling on arenas...
i voted no for arenas doing jail time cause showing off guns to me isnt much of a crime...though i would never show off my guns but i would also never have a gun that wasnt registered or licensed...
nor would i ever carry it with me to my team lockerroom or like plaxico into a club...
freagin' idiots all the way around...
if only the judge would understand that they were "just keeping it real"!!!! know what im sayin'??? ;)
Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 7:32 PM

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

another website is now reporting that Gil has pleaded guilty to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license and four misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a weapon.

Posted by: dlts20 | January 14, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"i am sorry to inform all the genius writers of this blog that this felony charge for one gun is already negotiated down."

And you know this how, exactly? Please cite some sources.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 14, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

What if J.Crit really didnt do anything wrong? These "reports" are all everyone really reading.His career may be damaged just because association like the rest of the team... Sources said he hid a gun in a laundry basket (nothing was found) they searched his house (nothing was found) What I'm trying to say is the bottom line is G.A had four guns in his locker not J Crit; It dont matter if they were unloaded...THESE WERE GUNS...REAL ONES Would someone like it if I placed 4 guns next to them? What would be your first thought? Would you laugh?? It's not funny...

Posted by: ABC1233 | January 14, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"i am sorry to inform all the genius writers of this blog that this felony charge for one gun is already negotiated down."

And you know this how, exactly? Please cite some sources.

i assume most ogf the writers and bloggers are informed. i am sorry that you have not read the reports, listen to the radio stations and read and analyze the story. my appolgies , i can't change ignorance

Posted by: maz3 | January 14, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I shouldve said "will plead" instead of "has pleaded"

Posted by: dlts20 | January 14, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Agreed - he has already agreed to a plea - from 4 counts with 4 firearms to just 1. Now its going to be a matter of what sentence the court gives him. I also agree he will probaly do some time. whether a day, week, month, whatever with the rest suspended.

I also really feel for Gil - coming from growing up in a park to working to get to the top of the world and then this... On the other hand, he went to great lengths to dig his grave.

I still don't understand the whole story. If it was really a joke Gilbert was playing why was Crittenton armed, and carrying ammunition: just a coincidence. I am afraid there is still another shoe to drop.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | January 14, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

i had a friend show up to my place (and this is in seattle) with a loaded (but unchambered gun)...he was showing it off to me and put it down on my coffee table...i promptly took the gun, pulled the clip out, then popped all the bullets out of the clip and set it all back down on my table...and said please dont bring a loaded gun into my house...

of course, he promptly said its not loaded if a bullet isnt chambered...whatever! and that started a totally different debate...

i dont know, everyone has different opinions of guns...im comfortable with them, always have been...and in one way, like them and totally believe in the right to bear arms...

but my interest in guns stems from being a hunter...

i dont personally own a gun and other than keeping them locked up in a safe until hunting season dont believe they belong in the house...or need to be carried around to lockerrooms, to clubs or where the hell else these guys that are "just keeping it real" feel they need to take them...

guns are not toys, the are dangerous and its people like these that are just keeping it real that make them dangerous...

but i still dont think that what he did is much of a crime...illegal and stupid yes...but not MUCH of a crime...

i think he should get some strict probation...as in he is not allow to own, possess or carry a gun again...and if he does, then the fool should spend some time in jail so he can work on improving his street cred...

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Is this the complete plea, or is there more?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"Is this the complete plea, or is there more?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse "

Duh, that's like asking if someone is dead or half dead after they jump from a skyscraper.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"i assume most ogf the writers and bloggers are informed. i am sorry that you have not read the reports, listen to the radio stations and read and analyze the story."

I've done all of those things, and in none of them has it been said that this charge is definitely the result of a plea deal. In fact, I've seen more than one piece of reporting suggest that it could possibly be the prelude to one.

"my appolgies , i can't change ignorance"

Clearly not, otherwise you wouldn't say the things you do (and you also would be able to spell "apologies" correctly). But don't apologize. It's clearly so deeply ingrained in you that it's most likely the result of a congenital condition that is beyond your control. Your parents, however, must be sick with the guilt.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 14, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"funny thing is that Crittenton is the one who actually committed more of a crime...if all of the statements are true about what happened in the lockerroom. agent zero just brought 4 pistols (albeit unregistered/unlicensed) to the lockerroom and laid them out for crittenton to choose one so he (crittenton) could use to pop a cap in his @$$...
crittenton, however, pulled out a gun of his own, actually chambered a round and pointed it at agent zero. that to me is way more of a crime than what arenas did...
but since they dont have crittentons gun...they cant charge him with anything and this is all falling on arenas...
i voted no for arenas doing jail time cause showing off guns to me isnt much of a crime...though i would never show off my guns but i would also never have a gun that wasnt registered or licensed...
nor would i ever carry it with me to my team lockerroom or like plaxico into a club...
freagin' idiots all the way around...
if only the judge would understand that they were "just keeping it real"!!!! know what im sayin'??? ;)
Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 7:32 PM

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse "

No gun, no problem

Gilby had his guns.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

i just dont understand these high profile millionare atheletes and their need to "keep it real"!!!

i dont care if they grew up on the hard streets or dangerous neighborhoods...that was then...now they are millionaires with fancy cars and expensive cribs...they dont need guns anymore...

people that still live in those neighborhoods might have a case for having one in their house or perhaps carrying one on them just to protect themselves simply going to the market...

but these guys have no excuse...

i love to hear them ramble on about how they need it for protection to go out and about...that everyone just doesnt understand...

BS...if youre hanging around people or places that require you to have a gun for your protection...you are either or both:
A. hanging out with the wrong crowd
B. hanging out in the wrong places

and the simple solution is to change who you hang with and where you hang...

simple as that...

if youre going back to the hood to visit old friends or family...then use your money to buy a security detail to set up a perimeter...

hell i dont know...maybe they should make an example of him for that reason...put him in jail...

none of these guys should ever be carrying a gun anywhere let alone brandishing it...

but then again...what do i know...i didnt grow up in the hood and probably fully dont understand the absolute need to keep it real!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

"

"the only difference between a thug and a thug in the NBA is that the latter has basketball talent."

Gil's no thug and you know that.

The Austin Powers gun???

Gil's a FOOL, not a hood'

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse "

A wannabe thug....bringing guns into a city with some of the toughest laws....not to mention already previously having a gun charge against him from another state.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"Agreed - he has already agreed to a plea - from 4 counts with 4 firearms to just 1."

Yuck, I didn't think of it that way.

I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 14, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

osted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse "

No gun, no problem

Gilby had his guns.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse


well apparently so did crit...

and if gil had gotten his guns out of there and had them hidden and never found by authorities...then there would be no problem...

hate to see that technicality be the line between right and wrong...

assuming what i heard was true...they both did wrong...but only the one that didnt hide the evidence is going to be the one made out to be in the wrong...as in...its only a crime if you get caught...

its all technicalities...why did vick and plax do time...technicalities...

vick didnt do time because of dog fighting...he did time because whatever he did he did across state lines...the public could care less about the latter...but thats what got him into trouble...

plax didnt do time because he fired a gun in public...its because he did it with a gun that wasnt license in the state of NY...yet the public could care less about the license...they think he is an idiot for a having a loaded gun in a club in the first place and for being so stupid enough to have it go off accidentally...

gil isnt in trouble with the law so much for having 4 guys in the locker room...he is getting into trouble because they werent licensed in DC...public could care less whether they were licensed...but the rediculous story behind it and the fact that he brought them to and displayed them in the lockerroom...

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Seems that it is still unclear that the actually felony charge is actually a part of any negotiated plea.

Just sayin, thats the latest scrawl on espn.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

meant to say:
but the rediculous story behind it and the fact that he brought them to and displayed them in the lockerroom...is what the publc cares about...

---------------------------------------------

THESE WERE GUNS...REAL ONES Would someone like it if I placed 4 guns next to them? What would be your first thought? Would you laugh?? It's not funny...

Posted by: ABC1233 | January 14, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

i hear ya bro...

even though i dont think its much of a crime, i also dont think its right either...just plain stupid...

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The AP is reporting that the felony charge is probably part of a plea:

By JOSEPH WHITE
WASHINGTON (AP) -Gilbert Arenas has a court date and an apparent plea deal is in place, signaling a possible quick resolution to at least one side of a guns-in-the-locker-room confrontation that stained the NBA and jeopardized the career of the three-time All-Star.

Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession - one count of carrying a pistol without a license - a crime that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The charges were filed in D.C. Superior Court in an "information," a document that indicates a plea bargain has been reached.

The charge came directly from prosecutors and not in the form of an indictment - even though a grand jury has been investigating - and Arenas was listed on the docket for a court appearance Friday afternoon.

...

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

A)There was no crimminal intent.B)He is a first time offender.C)He will serve no jail time.D)The Wizards had better right this situation if they want to even draw files to the "phone booth".E) Kobe never served a day.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 14, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's the latest from the WaPost if you have not already seen it:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/14/AR2010011403502.html

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert has been charged before with having a gun without a license earlier in his career. It was a misdemeanor then.

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

From the WaPost link above:

Arenas was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unregistered gun during a routine traffic stop in 2003 in San Francisco. Police found a .40-caliber handgun in a bag behind the driver's seat and an ammunition clip in the glove compartment. The gun was properly registered in Arizona, but not California. That conviction complicated the plea negotiations, the sources said.

Arenas could have been charged with four counts of illegal gun possession -- one for each of the pistols in the locker room. But as part of the plea agreement, he faces only one charge, making it easier to avoid jail, the sources said.

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"A)There was no crimminal intent.B)He is a first time offender.C)He will serve no jail time.D)The Wizards had better right this situation if they want to even draw files to the "phone booth".E) Kobe never served a day.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 14, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse "

a. You don't need criminal intent to violate gun laws in DC.

b. He is a second time offender.

c. Who cares, as long as he's gone.

d. If you listen to the street interviews...people are fed up with Gilby and are ready to be rid of him. Also, I don't think the Pollins care about any negative impact that would come with cutting Gilby loose.

e. Charges against Kobe were dropped.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

From Tracee Hamilton's column tomorrow:

However, sources told The Post that Arenas will plead guilty to that charge Friday in D.C. Superior Court and in return, prosecutors will agree not to seek jail time.

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

"Seems that it is still unclear that the actually felony charge is actually a part of any negotiated plea.

Just sayin, thats the latest scrawl on espn.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse "

Stop killing yourself in trying to look for a crack.

Due diligence has been done.

Gilby is lucky he hasn't received 4 felony counts.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like he'll plead guilty to a single felony, probably do community service and pay a fine, no or minimal jail time and the Wizards will agree to some sort of buyout of his remaining years and he'll be let go.

He'll never play for this organization again.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 14, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"well apparently so did crit...

and if gil had gotten his guns out of there and had them hidden and never found by authorities...then there would be no problem...

hate to see that technicality be the line between right and wrong...

assuming what i heard was true...they both did wrong...but only the one that didnt hide the evidence is going to be the one made out to be in the wrong...as in...its only a crime if you get caught...

its all technicalities...why did vick and plax do time...technicalities...

vick didnt do time because of dog fighting...he did time because whatever he did he did across state lines...the public could care less about the latter...but thats what got him into trouble...

plax didnt do time because he fired a gun in public...its because he did it with a gun that wasnt license in the state of NY...yet the public could care less about the license...they think he is an idiot for a having a loaded gun in a club in the first place and for being so stupid enough to have it go off accidentally...

gil isnt in trouble with the law so much for having 4 guys in the locker room...he is getting into trouble because they werent licensed in DC...public could care less whether they were licensed...but the rediculous story behind it and the fact that he brought them to and displayed them in the lockerroom...

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse "

Where is Critt's gun? Do you have it?

Gilby didn't try to hide any evidence. He flaunted it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I am more on the side of Wilbon's column today.

I don't see Gilbert as a thug, but he has shown extremely poor judgment.

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand the whole story. If it was really a joke Gilbert was playing why was Crittenton armed, and carrying ammunition: just a coincidence. I am afraid there is still another shoe to drop.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | January 14, 2010 8:00 PM


You may be right. Gil's quick plea may be his (or the investigators') way to get Gil's part resolved before the rest of story gets out.

Posted by: cballer | January 14, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

In case someone cares, JCritt is pulling $1.4 mil this season from Les BouleS, and probably will keep that since there's no smoking gun.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"I am more on the side of Wilbon's column today.

I don't see Gilbert as a thug, but he has shown extremely poor judgment.

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse "

Lost in Wilbon's arguments is the fact that the Pollins are offended by the audacity of Gilby's actions and behavior, and since this is their franchise, they will do whatever they want.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

If there's only one felony gun charge, then the prosecutors have certainly already cut Gilbert a break.

If he pleads guilty, his contract will certainly be terminated; and I don't know if Gil will have much recourse.

If he fights the charge and is found not guilty, or pleads it down further; it looks as if the Wiz could still cancel his contract under the "moral turpidtude" clause, but you can bet there will be a big fight w/ PLayers Union and Gil's lawyers.

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Arenas was apparently a good quote for Wilbon and fun to be around.

That may be acceptable enough standards for a reporter but not good enough for the people who have the responsibility of a multi-million dollar business to run.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

If his contract is voidable...does that make the contract valuable?

If some team were trying to cut payroll badly, we could trade Gil for $20 Mil worth of decent players and some draft picks. Then the other team voids (or renegotiates) Gil's contract.

They get a drastically lower payroll, Wiz get some assets out of this mess.

Posted by: cballer | January 14, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

In case someone cares, JCritt is pulling $1.4 mil this season from Les BouleS, and probably will keep that since there's no smoking gun.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

No one but me. CRITTER has game and some GM in the league is going to let him prove it - next year.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is not a criminal. He will get a suspended sentence and be on probation. I hope the sun rises in his future again. He is stupid but he is harmless and he loves basketball more then all of you.

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

kalo_rama I suggest that you develop a better understanding of how to analyze legal issues and do not worry so much about apparent typos. This is a forum for analysts and is not place to get lectures on how to correctly spell a certain word. Apparently, you did get the jist of what i was trying to tell you in terms of Wizards should make a effort to develop a strong mentoring program for young stars.

please read the articles and papers and listen to the news carefully, analyze and disect and comment. Thank you for your understanding.

Posted by: maz3 | January 14, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Defense attorneys who have battled District prosecutors on behalf of clients who had similar gun possession charges are watching the case closely to see if Arenas receives any special treatment. "It's rare prosecutors allow defendants to plead down," said attorney Nikki Lotze. "

Seems like Gilby is getting preferential treatment already....

I think the judge should give Gilby at least 1 month.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Certainly Gilbert made a mistake, several perhaps, but he is not on the level of a Sprewell trying choke his coach. I don't see anything like that in the guy.

The punishment should fit the crime which should consider the intent. And the punishment I am talking about is the punishment from the NBA, since plea will apparently preclude jail time.

Posted by: cannontl | January 14, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"Arenas is not a criminal. He will get a suspended sentence and be on probation. I hope the sun rises in his future again. He is stupid but he is harmless and he loves basketball more then all of you.

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse "

Isn't a criminal someone who knowingly breaks the law?

It's a felony charge after all....not a misdemeanor.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

"He is stupid but he is harmless and he loves basketball more then all of you.

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse "

A stupid person owning many guns is not "harmless."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

point taken

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"He is stupid but he is harmless".

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse "


If I walked into a movie theater with an electronic contraption taped to my chest and told everyone I've got a bomb...and then later revealed that it was really a broken alarm clock and I was "just kidding" and it was all a "misguided joke"...would you think that was "harmless"?

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NJMD | January 14, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

If I walked into a movie theater with an electronic contraption taped to my chest and told everyone I've got a bomb...and then later revealed that it was really a broken alarm clock and I was "just kidding" and it was all a "misguided joke"...would you think that was "harmless"?

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse
no, I wouldnt know you or had followed your career and known you were clown. BUt you are pretty effing ugly

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Another thing that I wonder...

Much has been made of GIlbert needing to have guns as a form of "personal protection". He's rich. He's a target. Etc. Etc.

But the dude had 4 guns?

He only has 2 hands.

Seems like Gilby's got a gun fetish that goes a little beyond needing something "just" for personal protection.

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like he'll plead guilty to a single felony, probably do community service and pay a fine, no or minimal jail time and the Wizards will agree to some sort of buyout of his remaining years and he'll be let go.

He'll never play for this organization again.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 14, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Agreeing to a buyout is highly unlikely as it is totally different from voiding the contract. Doing the former will still result in his ENTIRE salary to count against the cap while voiding the contract will just annul it and won't count against the cap.
The only advantage to agreeing to a buyout would be to save money but the team would still be in cap hell the next 5 years.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

stupid anology

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

stupid anology

Posted by: time1 | January 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Why?

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

In case someone cares, JCritt is pulling $1.4 mil this season from Les BouleS, and probably will keep that since there's no smoking gun.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Hope he invests it wisely as it looks like it's the only cash he will pull out of the NBA.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I'll be glad to see this sad story come to a tragic end tomorrow when Arenas is sentenced. Whether he receives jail time or not, his career is over with the Wizards who will have his contract voided and possibly a lifetime ban from the NBA. For a person who had risen from a poor background to receive a $111M contract, it is ever sadder that Arenas was so incredibly stupid to have committed a crime involving guns. This after he had been charged back in 2003 for a similar gun offense in CA.

As for a role model/mentor, Flip Saunders hired Sam Cassell who had a similar background as Arenas to help him both on and off the court. No way should the Wiz be blamed for Arenas making a stupid, ignorant, and illegal choice in bringing guns into the lockerroom. I'm personally glad to know that the Wiz will be able to cut ties and move on without Arenas' huge contract hanging over their heads.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 14, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

To me, the purpose of reducing a potential 4 total felony charges down to 1 felony charge is not to escape jail, but to reduce his jail time sentence.

If they stuck with the 4 possible charges, then a 1 month jail sentence would not cut it.

A one month sentence is more palatable if it was, as it is now, a single felony charge.

I don't see how prosecutors benefit if he doesn't get jail time for the 1 felony count.

What would sway the prosecutors to allow Gilby 3 fewer felony charges?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Despite all the talk, he's still a big time player. Everyone says that you arent all the way back until your 2nd year from injury and he will be at his prime age. I think he's still good enough for teams to think that he's the last piece they need to compete so I could see him signing like a 1yr 10mil deal with some team and then he plays so well that he gets a big contract the following year. I think thats what Gil will try to do. I wouldnt be shocked to see Orlando try to move Nelson and bring in Gil who Otis Smith loves and I honestly wouldnt be shocked to see him reunite with EJ in Philly if he manages to keep his job. I know Gil would love to play with Iggy if he's still there. Last but not least, if all fails I bet that the good ole Warriors would try to get him back. Nelson loves him and I think they would like a Arenas-Ellis backcourt

Posted by: dlts20 | January 14, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

"Hope he invests it wisely as it looks like it's the only cash he will pull out of the NBA.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse "

I wouldn't bet on that....especially if he walks with no charges.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"Despite all the talk, he's still a big time player. Everyone says that you arent all the way back until your 2nd year from injury and he will be at his prime age. I think he's still good enough for teams to think that he's the last piece they need to compete so I could see him signing like a 1yr 10mil deal with some team and then he plays so well that he gets a big contract the following year. I think thats what Gil will try to do. I wouldnt be shocked to see Orlando try to move Nelson and bring in Gil who Otis Smith loves and I honestly wouldnt be shocked to see him reunite with EJ in Philly if he manages to keep his job. I know Gil would love to play with Iggy if he's still there. Last but not least, if all fails I bet that the good ole Warriors would try to get him back. Nelson loves him and I think they would like a Arenas-Ellis backcourt

Posted by: dlts20 | January 14, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse "

Keep dreaming.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Agreeing to a buyout is highly unlikely as it is totally different from voiding the contract

Okay, but it seems to me that if the Wizards try to void the contract they'll have a heckuva fight from Arenas and the union.

And it just might not be too popular with any potential future free agents the Wizards try to attract.

My hunch is that this organization wants to get rid of this matter ASAP and having a drawn out legal battle is simply untenable.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 14, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't bet on that....especially if he walks with no charges.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If Stern feels duped and can't and won't be able to suspend him but certainly knows that he also committed a crime, he would somewhat ensure nobody signs him (ala Latrel Sprewell).

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Wise reporting Gil doesnt want to be here anymore (feels org turned back on him) and wiz dont want him (for obvious reason)....this charge may not be enough to void, so buyout is the route?

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

If in fact that, it is apparent that a plea has been agreed to as the post article infers;

Then, it is obvious that Gilbert Arenas is well aware of the seriousness of his actions and being aware thereof, goes to the fitness of whether or not he should able to play NBA ball.

Such that, the unfit to play came after the fact as to his subsequent conduct in relation to the act and not the illegal act itself.

Thus, this becomes pertinent in relation to the voiding of the contract even though the illegal act is grounds for voiding for the contract, there have been far more egregious acts that have not come close to contracts being voided.

Furthermore, the commissioner suspended him as unfit to play based on his conduct after the act, but his plea agreement goes directly to his conduct and his understanding of the illegal act and thereby makes any proof of him being unfit, an unprovable claim by the commissoner.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

If Stern feels duped and can't and won't be able to suspend him but certainly knows that he also committed a crime, he would somewhat ensure nobody signs him (ala Latrel Sprewell).

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse


Sprewell turned down a contract to play.

Stern has bigger fish to fry than Crit.

If there are no charges against Crit and he's done nothing stupid to aggravate the situation - like simulate shooting down teammates in public before a game - then what's the point of persecuting the dude?

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"he would somewhat ensure nobody signs him (ala Latrel Sprewell)."

Spree made like $60mill AFTER he choked PJ

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"As for a role model/mentor, Flip Saunders hired Sam Cassell who had a similar background as Arenas to help him both on and off the court. No way should the Wiz be blamed for Arenas making a stupid, ignorant, and illegal choice in bringing guns into the lockerroom. I'm personally glad to know that the Wiz will be able to cut ties and move on without Arenas' huge contract hanging over their heads.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 14, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse "

For those that believe in conspiracy theories...here's one for you.

Everybody said that Stern gift wrapped the 1st pick to Les BouleS and also allowed a mulligan with the Juwan Howard-Miami fiasco.

If Gilby's contract gets voided by Stern, that would increase the sales price/value of the franchise because Gilby's baggage would be gone.

Stern could have a deal with Billy Hunter by saying if Billy would let Stern void the contract without protest, he would not ban Gilby for life, or any time period that would extend past Gilby's "prime." That would clearly benefit Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Okay, but it seems to me that if the Wizards try to void the contract they'll have a heckuva fight from Arenas and the union.

And it just might not be too popular with any potential future free agents the Wizards try to attract.

My hunch is that this organization wants to get rid of this matter ASAP and having a drawn out legal battle is simply untenable.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 14, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt that if the Wiz try to void the deal, they would undoubtedly have a lenghty legal battle with the Union.
I am sure that won't preclude them from doing it though as simply agreeing to a buyout may save them some money but ALL of Arenas salary will count against the cap even of they somehow manage to buy it for only $1 million.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Wise reporting Gil doesnt want to be here anymore (feels org turned back on him) and wiz dont want him (for obvious reason)....this charge may not be enough to void, so buyout is the route?

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse


If it's a felony, it should be plenty enough to void.

Besides, buyout does nothing for the Wiz in terms of cap relief. I'm sure they'd rather have Arenas on the team averaging 30 a game, than buy him out, let him play somewhere else, and still be on the hook for $80 mill.

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"Spree made like $60mill AFTER he choked PJ

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse "

Did Spree get charged with felony assault?

I don't think PJ even pressed charges.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Spree made like $60mill AFTER he choked PJ

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but he made $0 after the "I need to feed my kids comment" although he was still a highly skilled player.
Don't you think that the fact that no team offered to sign a talented player was a bit suspicious?

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 14, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"Wise reporting Gil doesnt want to be here anymore (feels org turned back on him) and wiz dont want him (for obvious reason)....this charge may not be enough to void, so buyout is the route?

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse"

Why is this not surprising?

I predicted a few weeks ago that Gilby would try to turn this around and blame the franchise just like how he blamed the franchise for not protecting him from himself with regard to his knee drama.

Les BouleS the franchise is the victim, not Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Wise reporting Gil doesnt want to be here anymore (feels org turned back on him)

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse


If that's true, it's just the saddest news possible for Gil.

It basically means all of his apologies and mea culpas mean squat.

He doesn't get it.

It's not the organization's fault that he dragged 4 guns into the District and the Verizon Center and got charged with a felony. So what...they didn't stick up for him when he committed a crime?

Posted by: p1funk | January 14, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Wise reporting Gil doesnt want to be here anymore (feels org turned back on him) and wiz dont want him (for obvious reason

Sounds like that if the Wizards try to void that contract that tomorrow will be the first of many days that Arenas will be in court.

He's going to fight that big time.

Bad for everybody but the lawyers.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, this may be just another episode of "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teqdc0UDOpU

Posted by: MBUSA | January 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Voiding the contract or not, nomatter what, Gilby can and probably will never wear a Wizards jersey again.

He's done in this town, and his marketability is Zero.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"But with multiple sources contending that voiding the $80 million remaining on the $111 million, six-year contract Arenas signed with the team in July 2008 is a virtual impossibility, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld may have to bring Arenas back -- once the NBA lifts its suspension and reinstates him to the game.

The collective bargaining agreement between NBA players and owners provides a specific penalty for players who bring firearms into an NBA facility, and that penalty is that a player may be disciplined by the commissioner with a fine or suspension. The only way a team can terminate a contract, in addition to the league suspension, would be to meet a very high standard, according to a person close to the players union. "

Maybe the two sides will have to come to an agreement.

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"He's done in this town, and his marketability is Zero.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

Again, Sprewell played for years after his incident. Memories are short, gil will for sure play in the nba and make millions doing it

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

"Again, Sprewell played for years after his incident. Memories are short, gil will for sure play in the nba and make millions doing it

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse "

Again, did Sprewell commit a felony?

PJ didn't even press charges!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS clearly stand to lose more than gain with Gilby on the team.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"Did Spree get charged with felony assault?

I don't think PJ even pressed charges.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

Spree spent months under house arrest for almost killing people while he was suspended from the nba, reckless driving.

That's not moral turpitude?

With $80mill on the line, you gotta think Arenas' lawyers know the exact consequences of what he's copping too and have determined Wiz cant void his deal.

Insane to think Gil may demand an apology from EG!

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

In case someone cares, JCritt is pulling $1.4 mil this season from Les BouleS, and probably will keep that since there's no smoking gun.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Not necessarily. While there may not be evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt" to convict him in a court of law, there is certainly enough evidence to take disciplinary action against him if it is true that GA and two other teammates saw him pull out a gun, load a clip and chamber a round. If mgmt & the NBA believe that happened, that's all that's necessary.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 14, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

If Arenas doesn't go to jail, a void of his contract is still not a given. He's not the first NBA player to plead guilty to a felony with no time, so there's precedent for guys holding onto their deals.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 14, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe the two sides will have to come to an agreement."

I can't imagine any agreement that would satisfy both sides. I doubt Arenas will agree to canceling his contract and the Wiz won't agree to a buyout.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 14, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

""Did Spree get charged with felony assault?

I don't think PJ even pressed charges.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

Spree spent months under house arrest for almost killing people while he was suspended from the nba, reckless driving.

That's not moral turpitude?

With $80mill on the line, you gotta think Arenas' lawyers know the exact consequences of what he's copping too and have determined Wiz cant void his deal.

Insane to think Gil may demand an apology from EG!

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse "

Not surprised you didnt' even try to answer the question.

Again, Sprewell did not get charged with a felony.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

That is, the Wiz wouldn't agree to any buyout that Arenas would agree to. He has no incentive to give them back enough money to make it worth their while.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 14, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"Not necessarily. While there may not be evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt" to convict him in a court of law, there is certainly enough evidence to take disciplinary action against him if it is true that GA and two other teammates saw him pull out a gun, load a clip and chamber a round. If mgmt & the NBA believe that happened, that's all that's necessary.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 14, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse "

Clearly Gilby's word is worth nothing.

And again, there is no smoking gun, and Billy would have a better case to support Critt vice Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"Not surprised you didnt' even try to answer the question."

Not surprised you couldnt follow the thread.

Utilityman said no one would sign Spree, that's what I was responding to with the $60mill comment.

Read wise's article, apparently there are specific penalties in place for bringing guns to an nba facility, which is why many are saying the deal cant be voided just because of the felony

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I too think that since there has been a plea and if he does not go to jail, it is going to be hard too void his contract.

On another note, is there any grounds for Arenas to contest his salary that is already going to the league office?

If it is determined that the contract is not voidable, would not the ruling also have to take into account the monies the league have already taken?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"On another note, is there any grounds for Arenas to contest his salary that is already going to the league office?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse "

From what I read, Gilby cannot protest the first 12 games that he is suspended from.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Not surprised you couldnt follow the thread.

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse "

Keep wasting your time dreaming of Gilby's comeback.

I don't care if Gilby thrives elsewhere.

There's no place for him in this town anymore.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"If Stern feels duped and can't and won't be able to suspend him but certainly knows that he also committed a crime, he would somewhat ensure nobody signs him (ala Latrel Sprewell)."

"Yes, but he made $0 after the "I need to feed my kids comment" although he was still a highly skilled player.
Don't you think that the fact that no team offered to sign a talented player was a bit suspicious?

That's all kinds of wrong.

Two teams traded for Sprewell after the choking incident (and the Knicks signed him to a five-year/$62-million contract extension, when his original contract expired), so his crime clearly didn't deter the NBA from employing him. His not being signed when he became a FA 8 years later had nothing to do with his assault history and everything to do with the fact that he was 34 years old with declining skills and a lousy attitude and wanted more money than anyone was willing to offer him. And even with that, several teams did, in fact, try to sign him. They just didn't offer him the kind of money he wanted.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 14, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

"There's no place for him in this town anymore.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

most of the fanbase would be ok with it especially if other major changes were made to the team. If there was a makeover of the team, and let's say Amare was signed...Gil would be welcome back. That's how it goes.


That said, I cant envision the org wanting him back and I do not think he'll play here again

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone else wonder why unauthorized USE of a gun is a misdemeanor and possession of an unregistered gun in DC is a FELONY, even though the gun is registered elsewhere? That law is meant for traffickers, imho.

This whole thing excites me about as much as hearing my neighbor let his dog off the leash in the nearby stream valley park, which is ILLEGAL! But I'm glad to hear you all have your panties wound nice and tight. Have fun with your daydreams, no worthwhile free agent is coming here.

I'd rather the cops and courts make quick work of this by giving the suspended sentence and community service time Gil deserves, and then spending their time pursuing people illegally USING guns. I would place some bets that Gil will get off rather lightly, but then gambling is ILLEGAL.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 14, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"most of the fanbase would be ok with it especially if other major changes were made to the team. If there was a makeover of the team, and let's say Amare was signed...Gil would be welcome back. That's how it goes.

That said, I cant envision the org wanting him back and I do not think he'll play here again

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse "

Clearly the hoopla WRT "Ageny Zero, Hibachi, etc." is gone.. Will it ever return to that type of fever if he stuck around and did something? Doubt it.

The Gilby era has come and gone.

Time for some new and out with the old.

WRT Amare, Gilby is no Nash. Amare would flounder here with Gilby still on the team.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

If Gilby pleads guilt and whether or not he goes to jail, it would be a good way to show the kids out there that support Gilby that nobody is above the law.

That would be a great deterrent.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 6:40 PM
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F the kids... I don't have any... what we do have is the BEST PLAYER EVER to play for the WIZARDS/BULLETS in the modern era since the 1970's, being unsupported by his team... because HE HAD UNLOADED GUNS... NOBODY would of said anything about this, if Crittendon didn't have a loaded gun in their locker room... EVERY player became scared for their well being, including Gilbert, but Gilbert came up with the best lie he could to take the hit on this because it was his fault, but the other players couldn't do the same.

These players aren't just throwing Crittendon under the bus... watch, he will never be in that locker room again... he has no contract... the minute he can play basketball, he will no longer be a wizard.

There is NO WAY the players would of snitched on Gilbert bringing in unloaded weapons unless they didn't like him, but I don't think that is the case... Wizards should at least let him redeem himself here... Did the Lakers abandon Kobe? Has Nike abandoned Tiger? Melo still getting endorsements after "don't snitch"??

Given time, this will disappear to a none issue relatively soon because the next big story is right around the corner... but we will have run Gilbert out of town, just like we did Webber & Rasheed for his attitude... Maybe we could get Rod Strickland, Kevin Duckworth, & Mitch Richmond for him this time?

25-30 pts 5 rebs & 5 assists doesn't happen everyday... there are like 5-10 guys in the league that can put up offensive #'s like Gil, maybe this issue will get him to play harder want to prove more naysayers wrong if the Wizards haven't already ruined any chance.

Posted by: tony325 | January 14, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"WRT Amare, Gilby is no Nash. Amare would flounder here with Gilby still on the team.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

just threw that name out there based on last offseason.


the truth is, no FA worth a damn will consider signing here. And voiding Arenas' deal would only set that sentiment in stone for another decade.

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

"the truth is, no FA worth a damn will consider signing here. And voiding Arenas' deal would only set that sentiment in stone for another decade.

Posted by: divi3 | January 14, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse "

And I'm sure ownership wouldn't want garbage to sign here if these players fear committing a felony would result in their contract being voided.

These behavior requirements though, are part of all NBA contracts.

And if history serves as a lesson, Les BouleS haven't had much like with free agents anyway....nor draft picks....nor trades....

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 14, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

If Arenas doesn't go to jail, a void of his contract is still not a given. He's not the first NBA player to plead guilty to a felony with no time, so there's precedent for guys holding onto their deals.

Posted by: kalo_rama

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I was wondering about this too. In Stephen Jackson's case though, I don't think the Pacers made any attempt to void his contract.

The contracts that have been successfully voided have been connected to violation of the league substance abuse policy.

Odds are the contract dispute ends up in arbitration; odds are the Wizards attempt to void the contract. Whether the move is successful or not is an open question.

tony325,

Arenas's complaints are just bizarre.

The team abandoned HIM? He's the guy who violated the law and league policy by bringing guns into the locker room in the first place. He's the guy who pulled a stupid stunt involving guns that could have escalated into a much more tragic outcome (what kind of leader provokes the lowest guy in the team's pecking order over a stupid off-the-court dispute?). He's the guy who embarrassed himself, his team, and the league.

Arenas bears ultimate responsibility. His expectation of the team acting otherwise is just delusional.

Players who are paid like franchise players have an obligation to act like franchise players on AND off-the-court.

Posted by: JPRS | January 15, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

In the interview with NBA investigators, the person close to Arenas said Arenas grew emotional while explaining his actions and his sense of betrayal by the organization.

BETRAYAL!!! man please...gil brings unregistered guns to his workplace gives them to a co-worker then tells him to "pick one" after a gambling dispute...the wiz pays this young brother 11 million dollars per season as a show of betrayal! if this is betrayal then you can betray me anytime...i know it's not about the cash but c'mon man...gil did this to himself...what are the young men of today becoming? gil needs to man up people and grow up! gil did the crime (not the organization) and he needs to stop trying to shift the blame...you cannot explain this off as not being supported by your company...anyone of you bloggers know that if your company decided to make you the highest paid employee ever in the history of the organization!!! that you can't act like a victim when YOU commit a crime and jeoparodize your standing with the company and legal authority...c'mon people this is cut and dry...if gil had not got caught then we would not even be discussing this...and gil would still be his 30 shot taking, best player on a sub 500 team with no hope for the playoffs!! playoffs? we talkin' playoffs!! naw man we ain't talkin' playoffs...cause gil got us talkin' guns man.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | January 15, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

GA is quoted as saying the team front office betrayed him--what a load of crap. IF ANYTHING ARENAS BETRAYED NOT ONLY THE TEAM-COACHING STAFF AND TEAMATES HE ALSO BETRAYED THE POLIN FAMILYAND THE FANS WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO BE PAYED MILLIONS. HE DOES NOT GET IT AND NEVER WILL UNTIL HE BECOMES A MAN NOT A BIG TIME IDIOT. I wonder would he have done this stupid thing IF ABE POLIN--his benifactor-- HAD NOT PASSED AWAY. Mr. Arenas is a child in a mans body and does not have the smarts or decency to realize his actions both on and off the court has consequences.

Posted by: vergens2 | January 15, 2010 4:05 AM | Report abuse

My sources tell me that Gil is working with the NRA and this is how they could get a high profile case to overturn DC's unconstitutional gun laws - a la Plessy v Furgeson, it was arranged from the start.

Gil will have to be remanded to custody during some of the appeals, but within 5 years, this case will be before the Supreme Court and he will be vindicated and we will all finally regain our Madisonian rights to bear arms in DC.

Gil volunteered to do this because he felt a wee bit guilty for his huge contract and felt spending a few million of that contract to help the citizens of DC (and by proxy - all US Citizens) regain their freedom. The NRA is going to be helping with a huge PR campaign.

Gil is a true American Patriot and I wouldn't be surprised if he got a Holiday named after him. Is it just coincidence that he will be pleaing right around MLK Day?

Now that that is settled, anyone want to talk Basketball?

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

It is also time for EG to go. The way he supposedly coddled and enabled Gilbert only led to Gilbert's demise.

Also, his selections of almost max contract for GA, McGee with no playing time (in 2nd year), Stevenson a non-producer, and Blatche/Young who will never mature to NBA level would give EG a failing grade.

Go Wizards!

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 15, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing about past "attempts" by teams to void a player's contract, but they've been unsuccessful.

Anyone know of an instance when a team actually successfully voided a player's contract?

If not, it would appear pointless and futile to have "moral turpitude" language in these contracts if it's never enforced.

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

guy on nbc just said arenas has agreed to a deal that will avoid any jail time. i'm not sure how that can be assured, given the judge handles sentencing

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

and successfully voiding arenas' deal will make DC even less appealing for FAs wont it?

nobody wants to come to a team that will look for a way to void your deal if they feel you're under-performing.

because we all know if the team was 25-13, gil's banner would still be up and statements of support would have been issued

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"If not, it would appear pointless and futile to have "moral turpitude" language in these contracts if it's never enforced."

being out of shape is also grounds for your contract being voided in the same paragraph as the moral turpitude language....how'd Hot Plate Williams slide??

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

guy on nbc just said arenas has agreed to a deal that will avoid any jail time. i'm not sure how that can be assured, given the judge handles sentencing

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse


That could simply mean that the deal with prosecutors doesn't involve jail-time. THe can go "against" the plea deal and make adjustments to any final sentencing as he sees fit.

On the matter of FAs coming to DC. What FA would want to come to DC and deal with GIlbert's antics if he's still around on the team? It's pretty much common knowledge that this 12-year old prankster has had the run of the organization. If they don't void his deal and/or ship him out of town, what mature self-respecting big FA is gonna want to come here and have to deal with the Gilbert Migraine??

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

My sources say that Abe Pollin didn't really die, he was just so embarassed by this team he took a leave of absence.

have any of you seen the death certificate? I thought not.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Sorry.

In previous post I meant to write:

"The JUDGE can go against the plea deal"

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

being out of shape is also grounds for your contract being voided in the same paragraph as the moral turpitude language....how'd Hot Plate Williams slide??

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse


That's the language that the Celtics used to get Vin Baker out of town. They were trying to void his contract, and in the process they ended up agreeing to some kind of buyout. Interesting to see how that situation would ahve played out, though...

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"If they don't void his deal and/or ship him out of town, what mature self-respecting big FA is gonna want to come here and have to deal with the Gilbert Migraine??"

who are we kidding, NOBODY of real value wants to come here in either circumstance.

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

GA is quoted as saying the team front office betrayed him--what a load of crap.

Posted by: vergens2

Oh yes they did. The team was a part of the coverup. Now Grunfeld wants know part of Arenas and put all responsibility on him. The whole story that leaked out was a coverup from the beginning. "I brought the guns to the arena to turn in to NBA security so my kids would not get ahold of them" was a story put out by the team as well as Gil for damage control. Now the team wants to act like Gil was the only person doing something morally wrong and start getting rid of his likeness and stop selling his jersey and stuff.

Yes Gil should take blame but the team should have admitted the cover-up. That is what coddling is, helping the golden-child get away with something.

Also, to those people who think Gil's contract is costing the team, yes it is, in salary cap. But the ownership was making large dollar on Gil too.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 15, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

When I went to court for threatening a fellow employee/millionaire with my funny guns, I had to plea to a terrorism charge, but that was really only b/c I am a minority and it was a reaction by the prosecutors to the ascendency of the Dems in the Senate, Congress and White House.

My friend, Senator Webb said if I had been a pudgy, underpaid white political hack, I would have gotten off scott free.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Assuming a plea has been reached with no jail time, then, the Wiz seek to void, the League suspend for the rest of the season, how lone does it take to stand up an arbitration hearing?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 15, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 15, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse


Oh, it goes deeper than that.

Matching the Bucks' Etan Thomas offer.

The PEcherov pick.

Letting Roger mason Jr. walk.

Passing on DeJuan Blair and the subsequent Fabricio Oberto signing...

...the list of failed decisions goes on and on...

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I had Vin baker, John Williams and Kevin Duckworth at my house for Thanksgiving this year: 3 turkeys, two hams, a crown roast and 6 gallons of gravy. three broken Queen Anne chairs and sagging vintage modular sofa later my mother in law left.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

how lone does it take to stand up an arbitration hearing?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 15, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse


Depends on the arbitrator's schedule...

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Wasn't Tractor Traylor invited??

Wasn't he on his way, but got sidetracked by a KFC drive-thru and never made it???

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

EG knew what went down from Day1...unless you think a guy like Haywood would lie to him.

yet EG rolled with Gil's story and didnt inform league of the "showdown"

could get ugly if/when they try and void the deal...

Could Gil the petulant child actually have the team over a barrel here? Lordy....

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm no expert in contract law or employment law, but I think I'll write longwinded posts about that subject nonetheless.

ex post facto...e pluribus unum...sic semper tyranus

by the way....I hear Ovechkin cured a man's leprosy the other day...he must be the messiah because he walks on water every day. Of course, it is frozen.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Arenas's complaints are just bizarre.

The team abandoned HIM? He's the guy who violated the law and league policy by bringing guns into the locker room in the first place. He's the guy who pulled a stupid stunt involving guns that could have escalated into a much more tragic outcome (what kind of leader provokes the lowest guy in the team's pecking order over a stupid off-the-court dispute?). He's the guy who embarrassed himself, his team, and the league.

Arenas bears ultimate responsibility. His expectation of the team acting otherwise is just delusional.

Players who are paid like franchise players have an obligation to act like franchise players on AND off-the-court.

Posted by: JPRS | January 15, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Arenas' apparent belief that the team has abandoned him demonstrates, like nothing else has in a long time, that star athletes live in a different reality than the rest of us. That reality has been created by people surrounding them and in supposed positions of authority over them who have enabled their disfunctional or anti-social behavior by ignoring it or excusing it because they want to continue to benefit from their athletic abilities.

Case in point? None other than our own favorite NBA team, the Wizards. They signed hin initially despite his previous gun-related legal issues. They then resigned him to a near-max deal despite his repeated flouting of Eddie Jordan's authority and his failure to diligently rehabilitate himself from his knee injury, blithely attributing these things, as did many of us on this blog, to "Gilbert being Gilbert."

And now that Arenas' behavior has finally become unpalatable to his employers, he apparently is hurt that the team isn't standing by him. Is he justified in that feeling? OF COURSE NOT. He alone is reponsible for the mess he finds himself in, and the team should not attempt to insulate him in any way from the full consequences of his actions. But should we be surprised that he feels the way that he does, given the previous actions or inactions of the Wizards and others in Arenas' life regarding his previous transgressions? I say no.

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 15, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

sorry...meant to say my "NHL Insider Sources told me"

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

p1funk - it was actually one of those combination KFC and Long John Silvers. he ran up a tab that made jordan's gambling losses look minescule. At least that is what my unnamed insider sources tell me.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

was Bison Dele there too?

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Arenas's complaints are just bizarre.

Posted by: JPRS | January 15, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse


Arenas's complaints are perfectly consistent with who he is.

He is a 12-year old prankster in the body of a 28-year old professional athlete.

What 12-year old child really understands the gravity of a situation like this?

A 12-year old child would think his "boyz" betrayed him if they didn't help him lie to the 7-Eleven security guard when he got caught stealing candy bars.

Remember that the only time Gil started showing a smidge of responsibility and maturity in this situation was after he got suspended and his lawyers/agents descended on him and became the only conduit of information representing Gil...

...before that time, Gil was giving his 12-year old "aw, shucks, I didn't mean it" apology one moment and then turning around and playing shoot-em-up toy guns with his buddies for the cameras the next moment...

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The seriousness of what Gilbert Arenas did is imbodied in the fact that just to carry guns across state lines is a felony. A federal crime.

However, the act in and of itself does not reach the severity of numerous other acts committed by NBA players.

The union and certainly the players would not want the Wizards to be validated in voiding the contract, for it would end up being a very low standard of what meets the criteria of moral inturpitude.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 15, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

It has also just been reported that on ESPN that NBA/CBA by-laws stipilate that conviction of a felony only cause for a 10-game suspension.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 15, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I think Gil is absolutely justified in feeling that the team abandoned him.
The Wiz management team consists of a bunch of enablers. They knew what happened and said nothing until it was brought to light. Only then did they take this present hardline stance.

If you know your son is a crackhead yet you continue to continue to drive him to the crackhouse and you buy him a pipe and a lighter, you can't start screaming when he gets arrested for robbing someone for crack money.

I defended Gil all these years because I didnt know about his behind the scenes antics. They should have put their foot down and demanded more maturity despite his all star play. Now that the truth has come to light, they also should have NOT offered him a max deal. If it was just the injury...maybe. But knowing that he's a screwball AND injured shouldve given them pause.

At this point, (assuming he gets the plea deal done) we need to assure him that we are in his corner and he's welcome back IF he starts to act like a responsible and mature adult. He also needs to be told that he has a short leash.
His actions have damaged his career, his rep and the team's rep. But both parties share the blame, IMO.



Posted by: original_mark | January 15, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

But both parties share the blame, IMO.

Posted by: original_mark | January 15, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse


They both share some blame, but just because the Wiz weren't hardline before doesn't mean they are wrong for being hardline now.

Being hardline would have been the right thing to do then (and they failed); but it is also the right thing to do now.

If it's the right thing to do, then it's the right thing to do.


Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Being hardline would have been the right thing to do then (and they failed); but it is also the right thing to do now.

If it's the right thing to do, then it's the right thing to do."

If they knew the whole time about the extent of the incident and encouraged it be covered up by the initial story, then slammed Arenas as soon as the bigger story broke...that's not a case of "right thing to do" imo

It's a case of cover your own a$$

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

p1funk - it was actually one of those combination KFC and Long John Silvers. he ran up a tab that made jordan's gambling losses look minescule. At least that is what my unnamed insider sources tell me.

Posted by: Blurred | January 15, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse


Remember Sean Bradley?

Dude was like 7'4'' and 190 pound?

I remember hearing a player say that Bradley lived off of McDonalds. He ate it all the time, brought it in the lockerroom before practices/games, etc.

Dude just had a wicked fast metabolism so it didn't matter.

Since his career consisted of playing 8 minutes a game every 3 games, what he ate and what shape he was in also apparently didn't matter...

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

If they knew the whole time about the extent of the incident and encouraged it be covered up by the initial story, then slammed Arenas as soon as the bigger story broke...that's not a case of "right thing to do" imo

It's a case of cover your own a$$

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think that the Wiz informed Stern and the authorities pretty quickly after the incident. Stern said in a statement that he initially instructed the Wiz to do nothing and let the process play out...that was before Photo-Gate...

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

90% of sports ownerships are enablers with little morals. They were in baseball(steroids), don't act like teams didn't know. They are in football(high school, college, and professional)remember LT and Dexter and his drugs, don't fake like the Giants and Skins didn't know. Gibbs knew Dexter was doing coke during games. They are in basketball(at all levels too). Don't act like Gilbert and JaVaris were the first 2 NBA players to bring guns to the lockerroom since the latest collective bargaining agreement.

But "the man" will coddle you, and cover up for you, and kiss your azz. But he ain't going down with you. He gonna turn his back on you and act like he is guiltless.

Ernie should have been fined. They fine players, coaches, and refs. Why not GM's?

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

and successfully voiding arenas' deal will make DC even less appealing for FAs wont it?

nobody wants to come to a team that will look for a way to void your deal if they feel you're under-performing.

because we all know if the team was 25-13, gil's banner would still be up and statements of support would have been issued

Posted by: divi3 | January 15, 2010 9:03 AM

Agree. The front office's reaction has been disingenuous, imo. He's underperforming and overpaid and the Wizards think they see a way out of his contract.

Posted by: 2020doc | January 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The judge can set his own punishment, so will Gil still do jail time even though the prosecutors apparently will recommend otherwise?

From past history, the Wiz will probably not be able to void Gil's contract, so will the the Wiz and Gil be able to resolve their differences and play nice again, or if not, what will be the mechanism of them parting ways?

What will the NBA's punishment be? Will Gil be able to play again this season? How about this calendar year?

These are some of the questions that remain to be answered. Stay tuned.

Posted by: cannontl | January 15, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

What about you fire EG and bring in a GM who won't coddle Arenas? Then the coach will have more teeth to try to make Gil compete more defensively.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 15, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

All of this discussion about alleged betrayal is more proof that Agent Zero still doesn't get it. It's time for him to man up, take his punishment and quit acting like a spoiled and petulant child.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 15, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I dunno'???

What is it when you try to cover up a crime in this case a felony? Would it be correct that it is called conspiracy.

When all is said and done, the Wizards are co-conspirators in this shooting match (ha! ha!) and some of the players knowing that the cover up was a felony on the parts of whomever was involved would not let the story lie.

The story came out probably because someone in the locker room did not want to be a part of a conspiracy to conceal a felony.

That being said Gilbert gave a story initially to cover up what actually happened and the Wizard organization was party thereto.

David Stern, now as we look back is complicit in the whole affair if the Wizards informed him way back in December when it happened.

From where I stand, there may be some more hand slapping felonies to go around.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 15, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Passing on DeJuan Blair and the subsequent Fabricio Oberto signing...

...the list of failed decisions goes on and on...


Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

dejaun blair? never heard of him. is that the kid whose kness were supposed to go out a month ago, but is tearin it up in SA?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 15, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

True G-Man11.

I've been saying there plenty of responsibility to go around for years now.

I never cut POLLIN any slack, but until recently I had been giving EG a pass. Not anymore. The responsibility for this abortion of a franchise rests on three legs; one ownership, two management, and three some of the players.

Ownership for personally coddling favorites of management, and approving financially crippling contracts. Not just ARENAS' either. ETAN THOMAS' was a buster as well.

Management for not demanding accountability on the court and for after court actions. Just one such example: the shoe episode.

Three, several players who follow the "goof-ball" mentality, and don't take their team or individual responsibilities seriously. Example: Yucking it up on the side-lines while the team is down 20.

This kind of crap has gone on for a decade it seems. Some players think their money is a right because they are God's gift to basketball, and they are due. Which of course destroys any humility they might have possessed. They throw up hands and words to God not as a supplication, but as a ritual for the masses. Little or no responsibility to themselves, team-mates, coach, franchise, and least of all, to paying customers and fans. Just me,me,me all the time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 15, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I agree, the team didnt stand by Arenas, and taking down the banner, taking him out of the video clips of the team when he was the one who made this team (playoff wise, along with Antawn). Also, if we were 2nd in the east there's no way this team would have reacted this way, it's their easy out. What free agent would want to come here now, and let's not forgot how Jordan was dumped after bringing the fan base (and big money) back to the Wash Sports & Entertainment. They are going to have a buzz that they use you when they need you, then the minute things arent going well, they dump on you.

Posted by: washwiz | January 15, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Little or no responsibility to themselves, team-mates, coach, franchise, and least of all, to paying customers and fans. Just me,me,me all the time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 15, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

And maybe that's their lead from ownership and management.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 15, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Until Gilbert realizes none of this would have happened if he hadn't brought guns in the locker room and accepts responsibility for his actions, he won't be welcomed back anywhere," said an NBA official on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/14/AR2010011404800.html

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 15, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The fact that he is pleading guilty is admitting responsibility. What do you want, blood?

Kornheiser is on the radio and is full of shoe-doo too. He is saying that Gilbert is blaming everything on team management and not accepting responsibility for his actions. That is wrong. He is just saying that the team is pretending like they didn't know what really went down and everybody helped come up with that shoe-doo story originally. EVERYBODY.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 15, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

TED LEONSIS the WIZARDS NATION turns its lonely eyes to you. Please don't bail on us in our time of need.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 15, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

More food for thought from Mike Jones: http://www.mikejonessports.com/

Posted by: Prazak | January 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Just because the prosecutors won't seek jail time does not mean he won't get any. With that prior gun incident the judge may decide he deserves some time because he did not learn his lesson the last time he was allowed to skate by.

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 15, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

dejaun blair? never heard of him. is that the kid whose kness were supposed to go out a month ago, but is tearin it up in SA?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 15, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse


That's the one...

For a guy who apparently isn't able to jump, I'm wondering how he tore down 20+ rebounds the other night.

Did anyone see the game?

Did he have a step-ladder?

Was he playing midgets?

Posted by: p1funk | January 15, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

They are saying on ESPN that Gil will serve a 30 to 90 day jail sentence. They are also saying the Wiz will definitely try to void his contract.

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 15, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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