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The many tales of Arenas

If you aren't completely numb to the entire Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun incident by now -- heck, even if you are -- then I would advise you read the 61-page sentencing memo that federal prosecutors submitted on Tuesday. The document is a truly fascinating account of what transpired before and after the suspended all-star guard brought guns to the locker room on Dec. 21 in a dispute with Crittenton.

Arenas is set to be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to a felony gun possession charge. I've spoken with a few people about Arenas in recent days and he isn't doing too well. He has even started to shut out people. One person told me that after he received word that his estranged mother, Mary Francis Robinson, passed away, Arenas sent out a mass text message to those close to him informing them not to reach out to him; that he would call them. I heard that Arenas was starting to feel better before hearing about his mother's death but he has sunk into a deeper hole.

Prosecutors are requesting that Arenas spend at least three months in jail, with three years of probation and 300 hours of community service. After interviewing Wizards teammates, employees and management, lead prosecutor Christopher K. Kavanaugh claims that Arenas was not playing a "misguided prank" on Crittenton -- as Arenas has tried to explain many times before -- but he actually made a "calculated and premeditated" threat.

"At times, the defendant might have laughed, but people familiar with his personality were still left with the impression that his threats were genuine," Kavanaugh writes.

The most unflattering part of the memo is how prosecutors broke down every time Arenas attempted to distort the facts and orchestrate a coverup through text messages.

The line that caught my attention was this one: "For a man who said that he is not nervous about sentencing "if [the judge] goes off the actual real story," the question becomes: Which story is he talking about?"

Kavanaugh goes into how the story changed several times from when Arenas brought the guns and eventually pleaded guilty to carrying an unlicensed weapon in the District. He accuses Arenas of "coloring the truth" and calls some claims, "false."

"Throughout this incident, [Arenas] has provided conflicting, self-serving accounts regarding: why he brought the firearms to the Verizon Center; when he brought the firearms to the Verizon Center; whether Crittenton had a firearm; whether there was a confrontation with Crittenton; or whether Crittenton was even present."

Let's examine the many tales of Arenas, according to Kavanaugh.

  • December 21, 2009 - When questioned by team management, the defendant admits to possessing firearms in the locker room that morning. He states that Crittenton possessed a firearm also. The reasons for bringing them to the locker room were two-fold: to get them away from his children, and to sell one to a teammate.


  • December 22, 2009 - In text messages to a member of team management, the defendant's "story" is that he possessed all the firearms in the locker room that morning. Now, he does not remember Crittenton with a firearm of his own. In fact, according to the defendant, Crittenton was not even present in the locker room. The defendant stated that his plan was to give the firearms to teammates.

  • December 22, 2009 - In a text message to a teammate to be sent to Crittenton, the defendant now states that the "story" is that he possessed all the firearms. Crittenton did not have a firearm, and Crittenton did not do anything.
  • December 24, 2009 - Through counsel, the defendant reports his possession of four firearms to law enforcement. There is no mention of Crittenton or the confrontation between them.


  • December 25, 2009 - in a text message to the Washington Times, the defendant admits to bringing all of the firearms into Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2009, eleven days prior to the locker room confrontation. The defendant states that he wanted the firearms away from his children. He omits any reference to his plan to sell the firearms to a teammate. Again, the defendant makes no mention of Crittenton or a confrontation between them.

  • December 29, 2009 - the Washington Wizards and the defendant, through counsel, report to law enforcement that Crittenton may have been involved in a confrontation with the defendant in the locker room.


  • January 4, 2010 - after meeting with law enforcement authorities, the defendant releases a public statement claiming that he brought all four firearms into Washington, D.C. some time before the day of the locker room confrontation to keep them away from his young kids.


  • January 15, 2010 - the defendant pleads guilty, now admitting to bringing "at least one" firearm into Washington, D.C. on the day of the locker room confrontation. The defendant also admits there was a confrontation with Crittenton and that Crittenton had a firearm.

I have heard several dozen accounts of what transpired, but so many of the stories failed to match up that after a while I didn't know what to make of it. It was interesting how the story changed so many times over the past few months, but I know that a lot of people were trying to cover their tails in this incident, including Arenas and Crittenton.

In Arenas's Esquire article, he mentioned how he got into the hot tub with Crittenton shortly after the two players displayed guns in the locker room. Kavanaugh provides more details, in which he said Crittenton was shocked that Arenas got into the Jacuzzi with him, as if nothing happened, and eventually hopped out.

The dispute stemmed from an unpaid gambling debt on the team plane, but Arenas actually paid Crittenton his money, according a person with knowledge of the situation. Another person told me that in an attempt to make the incident appear more light-hearted, Arenas actually tried to convince Crittenton to participate in video mockery of the confrontation, with the two players shooting each other in the locker room with paint guns. Crittenton, of course, declined to take part.

Although prosecutors have made their request to Judge Robert E. Marin, Arenas still coud face up to five years in prison. His defense team has presented its own case for leniency, with a 221-page sentencing memo that included several letters from people who wrote about Arenas's character and huge heart. Dan Steinberg broke down the letters on the Bog. You should definitely check out that file, as well.

These are some uneasy days for Arenas and the Wizards franchise.

By Michael Lee  |  March 23, 2010; 7:55 PM ET
 
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Who in the hell is Christopher K. Kavanaugh??? One can be a good prosecutor without being so darn evil. I hate that playing-God crap wherein Christopher K. Kavanaugh thinks that he can declare what is true and what is not and what is self-serving and what is not. This crap about some prosecutor thinking he knows the truth better than all the people who were there is insane to me and really bothersome. I would much rather blindly believe Gilbert even with his inconsistencies than to have this -ss tell me what he has declared as true in his I-am-God mode. It is just pure insanity to me that there are people like Christopher K. Kavanaugh who would try so hard to screw up someone's life for no apparent reason beyond bitterness. Arenas made a plea bargain. That means both sides compromised and agreed to a deal. For Christopher K. Kavanaugh the Evil to come now and try to disparage Gilbert after the plea is just really really low. I would feel much much safer in a city full of Gilbert Arenases than in a city with Christopher K. Kavanaugh.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

see some of that stuff is dumb to me though, in defense of Gil. Its the same thing I use to tell people about Vick. People went on & on about how the worst thing was that Vick lied to Goodell and I always said that Roger shouldve never put Vick in that position. What did you think Vick was going to do? He was trying to plead not guilty at the time so what is he supposed to tell Goodell that he fought & killed dogs but the next day go to court and plead not guilty?

Its the same thing with this. What did you expect, Gil not to lie? Everyone lies at 1st with something like this. He's trying to cover it up because even if it is a joke, alot of people can get in serious trouble. Thats why the stories switch so much and some of them are him actually trying to look out for Crittenton.

I just think its dumb when people talk about someone lying in situations like this or telling different stories. Ofcourse he's going to do that because he doesnt want to get suspended, he doesnt want Critt to get suspended, he doesnt want to go to jail, he doesnt want Critt to go to jail, he doesnt want the story to come out, and so on because like I said, even if its just a joke, you will still be in big trouble.

I also think its funny how cops & prosecuters jobs are to make you look bad but everyone takes there word in every situation. He's always going to try to make it look bad and he's always going to say that it wasnt a joke. Thats what they do, just like defense attorney's downplay things. I dont trust Kaveneaugh at all. I think he saw a big fish in Gil and wanted to take him down.

Dont automatically take this guys word for stuff just because of who he is. The whole system is designed to make you plea so they can say anything they want because they know Gil cant fight it and has to plea due to the fact that even if it was a joke, its still criminal

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

real shocker, the prosecutor wants to make a name for himself

Posted by: bford1kb | March 23, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like he was trying to protect Javaris at first and the whole situation, rightfully so, blew up too big afterward. That being said, the prosecutor seems like a sore loser because he did not get to try the high profile case. Lets move on, give Gil 3 months which is more than enough and play him or trade him. Our franchise has been high jacked long enough.

Posted by: DoubleDown1 | March 23, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

we all know Kavanaugh's name now. could be a gift and a curse.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea what you're talking about here, and I'm not sure that you do, either. As I understand it, the plea deal was that Arenas was to plead guilty, which he did, and the prosecutors were to recommend a sentence at the low end of the spectrum, which was going to include jail time, which they have now done. In order to justify the recommended sentence, the prosecutor set forth the results of the investigation that his office WAS OBLIGATED TO CONDUCT. That those results cast Arenas in an unfavorable light is Arenas' fault, not the prosecutor's. How this is being evil or playing God is beyond me. And as for trying to ruin Arenas' life, he didn't have to, Arenas is doing a pretty good job of that himself.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 23, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

rbpalmer, thank you for that. Some people just don't undrstand the legal process, not that I do completely either, or pay attention to the whole story. Arenas should be thankful that the "evil" prosecutor didn't use more damaging language in those brief statements that Michael Lee posted.

Posted by: jonnyflo14 | March 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

rbpalmer, why are you taking his word for it? YOu think they werent going to cast a negative light? Thats what its always going to be when coming from the prosecutor. That dont make everything true. He's going to try to make it as negative as possible and spin it to make it look as bad as possible for Gil. Thats what they do

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

There is no defense for this childish person. How could the wizards gm even want this guy to play for the team that is a joke. He is a disgrace to the orginazation and to the city. A gangsta wannna be, Have a nice life. Son.

Posted by: efdelaney | March 23, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad series of events for a very troubled individual.

I hope he gets some help and is able to overcome this self imposed ordeal and the death of his mom.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

i have plead guilty to a crime knocked down from felony to misdemeanor. before my sentencing the prosecution told me he would advise the judge to give me a lighter sentence than the max if i plead to a certain charge vs. going to trial. at my sentencing he stayed true to his word and asked for probation with potential for expungement. I suppose he could have written a 61 page advisory report about how i lied to the cops (since i of curse tried to convince them of my innocence before i ultimately plead gulity). But i'm a small fish,mega guppy compared to bagging a 100 million dollar pro athlete. Whatever you law guys think is cool, but i know Gil and his lawyers are caught off guard by the language of the memo.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN, although you are bar none the harshest critic of gilbert the basketball player, I really respect you for having some sympathy for gilbert the person.

Posted by: yukiwith2us | March 23, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

anybody still up on here check comcast for ron thompson and chris miller reporting on "the rift growing b/w Flip and AB" it's on in 1 min

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, after reading that sentencing memo, the judge might give Gilby more than the 3 months.

What's damning most are the following:

* Him "giving away" 500 guns that he used to own!!!!

* His use of technology that has backfired as evidence against him.

* His multiple stories to cover up what happened.

* His belligerent attitude towards Wiz management and the public when confronted.

* All teammates that reportedly ran for their life in fear.

* This entire gun episode was premeditated.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

If Gilby gets a prison sentence, let's all hope that he goes quietly to prison.

The last thing we need to hear on the news is how he went over the deep end and did something more tragic than what has happened already.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

For Arenas, the chickens have simply come home to roost and he's as scared as he's ever been in his life. He should be most upset that his wound is self-inflicted.
No doubt prison will change him--hopefully for the best.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

What part of the prosecutor's account of Arenas' conflicting stories, as excerpted in the post, do you not believe? Do you really believe that they don't have copies of the texts in question, or that they did not interview the people to whom Arenas directed the comments? Of course the results of the investigation are going to cast Arenas in a bad light; if they didn't, he wouldn't have been charged with a crime and he wouldn't have pled guilty. You correctly state that just because a prosecutor says it doesn't make it true. I would turn that around and say that just because it casts your boy Gil in an unflattering light doesn't make it false, either. I just think it highly unlikely that they would be pulling this stuff about the conflicting stories out of their collective a$$es when it can so easily be refuted by outside, objective parties.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 23, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

"How could the wizards gm even want this guy to play for the team..."

Think of it as more punishment.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 23, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

rbpalmer, its obvious that Gil changed his stories a few times but so what. Thats what people do when they are in trouble. This dude is trying to make it sound like he always gets the truth up front. He hardly ever gets the truth up front.

When I said that you cant believe everything he says, Im speaking more of the part where he says that it wasnt a joke and so on. How can Gil refute that except to say that it wasnt? Thats what the prosecutor will always say to make the defendant look bad and get a harsher sentence and since Gil is on the wrong, he cant really argue that because he already had to plea.

Thats how the stuff works. The guy knows Gil has to plea so now its like he can twist everything to make it sound worst and Gil cant do nothing about it. It happeneds all the time. Its also like a different culture thing. Like he probably has his mind set on that you dont play jokes with guns. This is no joke. Thats what his mindset is like so it doesnt matter what Gil says. Thats what he's going to put in his report because he's a Prosecutor and he wants to take Gil down

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Urnesto has taken cluelessness to a whole new level. Too funny.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | March 23, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

alot of you guys live in a fairy tale where you think all cops, prosecutors, and so on are all good people and everything they say must be good and everything they do must be the right decision. You guys dont know how corrupt, crooked, decieving, and how many ulterior motives this guys can have. Stop thinking everthing this guy says is bond and all his decisions are done straight up with no prejudice or scheming involved

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I've read this blog for more than 3 years, and I've seen DC_MAN88 talk all kinds of trash about Gilbert that whole time (he ended up being right, and I've been eating crow since Jan 1). Hence, it's very nice to see he has sympathy for Gil the person, who clearly has multiple screws loose at this point. I really hope Gil gets help because it sounds like the guy might off himself...his recent behavior shows signs of severe depression. Can't say I blame him though, this is a very big deal.

On another note, this prosecutor's memo is a very convincing tale of a concerted effort to change the story (you might even call it obstruction of justice). Whether or not everyone does this is when they face criminal charges is irrelevant because that's not how the criminal justice system works: the prosecutor's job is to punish the guilty, and Gil looks really, really guilty. Kudos to rbpalmer for taking the time to explain this, because some of the posts on here have no logical basis whatsoever and sound like the ramblings of a conspiracy theorist.

I don't think distrust of the criminal justice system applies here, because the prosecutor has clear objective evidence in the form of text messages and the repeated changes in the story that even the general public has witnessed.

IN SHORT, Gil's pretty screwed. Even so, I don't think he's going to jail for very long because he copped a plea deal.

Posted by: Crunkenstein | March 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

"alot of you guys live in a fairy tale where you think all cops, prosecutors, and so on are all good people and everything they say must be good and everything they do must be the right decision. You guys dont know how corrupt, crooked, decieving, and how many ulterior motives this guys can have. Stop thinking everthing this guy says is bond and all his decisions are done straight up with no prejudice or scheming involved

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse "

I'd seriously doubt if the prosecutor would risk putting his career in jeopardy by making stuff up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"alot of you guys live in a fairy tale where you think all cops, prosecutors, and so on are all good people and everything they say must be good and everything they do must be the right decision. You guys dont know how corrupt, crooked, decieving, and how many ulterior motives this guys can have. Stop thinking everthing this guy says is bond and all his decisions are done straight up with no prejudice or scheming involved

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse "

I'd seriously doubt if the prosecutor would risk putting his career in jeopardy by making stuff up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"IN SHORT, Gil's pretty screwed. Even so, I don't think he's going to jail for very long because he copped a plea deal.

Posted by: Crunkenstein | March 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse "

What's up with the big name "Wasserstein" that Gilby hired as his lawyer?

If this lawyer was worth anything, he'd get Gilby to plead insanity.

Bring a medical professional to the stand and let that person tell the judge that Gilby is bi polar with a dash of multiple personality disorder.

Fiance's adultery, no mom in his life, stress from multiple knee surgeries, megamillions in the bank too young, megamillions tossed into the garbage based on insanity, 500 guns in the house, stress from kids drawing on the walls (ok, I had to add some humor), max money pressure, etc.

PLEAD INSANITY!!!!!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

What a silly sentencing memo. Laughably bad--awkwardly written, confusing and misleading about the facts, and a tone like the dramatic voice-over for a bad TV show.

The judge will see through it and, like all judges, do what he wants to.

Posted by: BPupp | March 23, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS!

According to Flip, AB was benched because he didn't wasn't getting back on D, didn't want to talk to the coaches, and then was given the choice of talking to the coaches or not playing.......AB elected to not play.

At least AB's trade value has gone up (ability) and might get packaged for a higher draft pick.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Why would the proscecutor recommend 3-months for Gilbert for unloaded guns and no jail time for Crit whom had a loaded gun.

Those that think the the proscecutor isn't grandstanding a bit, think again.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 23, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

At least AB's trade value has gone up (ability) and might get packaged for a higher draft pick.


Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 11:39 PM

Blatche will be here longer than Flip. Bank it.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Lonnie Baxter fired a gun near the White House? He got 60 days in jail I believe but obviously did not learn his lesson because he decided to ship guns the following year and got 60 days again.

Now that is stupid!

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 24, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Damn DUMBIE!
Didn't know when to STFU!

He put himself in jail.

STRETSMART?!?

Uh, NO!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | March 24, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Flip knows best how Blatche should play his game on the court. So Blatche should just do what Flip says and thats it.

Blatche shouldn't be thinking he knows what he is doing out on the court. Only Flip knows that.

Just like in overtime tonight when he took Javale out of the game and inserted Fabulous. He probably knew that the McGee was tired and that Charlotte would start attacking the basket and the veteran, Fabulous was best to have on the floor.

Flip is right and we should just get rid of Blatche and replace him and McGee and Young and Shaun.

Flip is the man, the coach that will bring respectability back to the Washington Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 24, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Yes of course. The pigs were just doing their jobs we know (that's what they said at Nuremberg). My question is in regard to Arenas's constitutional right to bear arms. Where are all of you gun loving cracker whack jobs?? Why are you not defending G. Arenas and his God given right to bear arms?? Hmm I wonder why?? Now, if say Steve Nash was arrested for possesion of a firearm and he said he just had it to defend his family, Lord knows you tea party mother f er's would be all over that sh** , waiving the second Amendment. What a bunch of racist hypocrites you are.
And how about you DC lawyer types breaking it down for guys like Umberto. Please. You guys and the Virginia crackers are all just a bunch of hypocrites because you feel inadaquit in comparison to big black athletes with their big schlongs or president Obama with his big brain. Crucify and ostracise M. Vick, Marion Jones, Gil Arenas etc etc. but frigging Rothlisberger can just continue RAPING women and it barely makes page 6 of the sports page. I love one of you NW lawfirm dudes to break it down for us how that works. How Rothlisberger has still not CONSENTED to an interview with the pigs. Unbelievable! Can you imagine say a Gilbert Arenas (or any black athlete) getting away with THAT. As a side bar, Big Ben's first victim is sueing him in civil court. If she wins the money will go to a charity help victims of rape. All she wants really she says, is for him to admit that he did it.
And now he raped ANOTHER girl and their trying to cover this one up too. Fascinating.

Posted by: flyingtrees | March 24, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Inadaquat I meant to spell, in re to how crackers feel in comparison. Please excuse my inadaquat spelling.

Posted by: flyingtrees | March 24, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Hello...What to hip for the room?
Anyone? Cracker's? Honkey's? Teabaggers? Repressed DC law closet cases? Oh well.. it was a brilliant and pithy observation nonetheless. to rich for you daywalkers anyway. Goodnight DC.

Posted by: flyingtrees | March 24, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

too hip and too rich I meant. Must sleep. Jarvis Crittendon. John Boener. Funky snowboard pants on CarrotTop looking olympic dude. Help. It's a morass of popular culture seeping into my autonomic writing from my overloaded subconcious. Sarah Palin's a fascist be-otch and yet..id still do her...Glen Beck and Sean Hannity are lovers...pass it on.

Posted by: flyingtrees | March 24, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

"Why would the proscecutor recommend 3-months for Gilbert for unloaded guns and no jail time for Crit whom had a loaded gun."

According to the court documents:

(1) There was no evidence that any gun was either loaded or unloaded. (All guns surrendered were unloaded and testimony as to whether any had ever been loaded was conflicting.)

(2) Arenas confessed to a felony, Critt to a misdemeanor.

Posted by: fansincebullets | March 24, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

"Why would the proscecutor recommend 3-months for Gilbert for unloaded guns and no jail time for Crit whom had a loaded gun."

Critt got off lucky b/c Gil took the heat: there was no gun for Critt to be tied to when they searched his house for it. You can't be charged with felony gun possession when there's no gun. Odds are, that gun got tossed in the Chesapeake.

Posted by: Crunkenstein | March 24, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

All you posters that thing Gil is the 2nd coming are idiots. There are so many "what if's" in this case--I did have a gun---I didn't have a gun--the other guy had a gun--the other guy didn't have a gun. I guess all you Gil supporter also believe in the tooth fairy. I say to you jerks look in the Wash. Post or Time and see how many people were killed school--colledges--post officese not as rich or powerful as Gil. He ought to get down on his knees and kiss the feet of the proscutr. (sic) for only getting 3 mo. He needs to get time to look at what he did and figure out what in the hell was he thinking to bring this down on himself. I could understand some street thug doing something like this but not a guy makeing millions of dollars and put his life and carera in doubt. What a F'n idiot he is!!!

Posted by: vergens2 | March 24, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Believe me, Gil is already doing time right now in his mind. This is all so scary to him. I don't think he needs jail time. Give him probation and if he messes up during that time, then he may have to go to jail at that point. But putting people in jail only makes matters worse for that person. He is not a bad person that wishes harm to people. They were unloaded guns. How can you hurt anyone with an unloaded gun? It was foolish to bring them into the locker room, but it does not warrant jail time.

Posted by: deby1 | March 24, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

At the very least, as DCMan said, Gilbert is very troubled and unfortunately, 3 or more months in the slammer won't cure that. And if the prosecutor's memo is close to correct, even more troubling is the chaos that must have existed in the Wiz locker room even before the gun incident which is a likely reason the team played so poorly before Arenas was suspended. Unless Arenas makes a real change in the way he lives, he will poison any locker room.

Posted by: DoubleEagle1 | March 24, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

My problem with all this seems to be lost on most people--Arenas is, by his own admission, guilty. Should he be punished for this transgression? Of course he should. What people are missing is how the prosecuters are treating Arenas more harshly because of his fame--the very thing they accuse him of trying to use in his favor. The proof is right in front of everyone. Javaris Crittendon pleaded guilty to doing the EXACT SAME THING Gilbert Arenas did and was only charged with a misdemeanor. Why? Because nobody that isn't a hard core basketball fan has ever heard of him. He wasn't active for a single game before the suspension. Gilbert Arenas is a superstar athlete. It would make a prosecuter's career to send him to prison. People are always quick to accuse rich/famous people of trying to use their status to stay out of trouble (wouldn't you if you could?) but the legal/judicial system just as often goes after the rich/famous more agressively for the same reason. Defense attourneys are always accused of spinning and twisting facts to make their client look better but prosecuter's just as often do the same thing to make the accused look worse. The simple fact that Arenas was charged with a more serious crime than Crittendon for the same offense, committed at the same time, and the same place proves that "go after the big fish" is at work here. I'm not saying Arenas should get off scott free, only that he's not being treated fairly. Whatever punishment he gets shoul also apply to Crittendon. One could even argue that Arenas should not be treated as harshly as Crittendon because of his charitable work. But if that's not a consideration, the punishment should be the same.

Posted by: largetony86 | March 24, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

vergens2, I used to think that somebody with a different opinion wasn't necessarily wrong, just different, until I read your post. To insult other posters just because you don't agree with them is ignorant. Which only proves both of us right--some other opinions are just plain wrong (your's) and some posters are idiots. The idiots are the ones who insult others for having a different opinion (you.)

Posted by: largetony86 | March 24, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Prosecutors are absolutely abusing our court system to make a name for themselves and help their careers. This is an utter disgrace. Gilbert Arenas is no threat to society. He did not bring any loaded weapons to the arena. He has never harmed anyone. This is a total joke. If he gets a single day of jail time the judge and prosecutors should lose their jobs. End of discussion

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to take a deep breath. Remember a few months ago when all of the talk was about the 20 years Gil might have to serve as the result of 4 gun charges with 5 years mandatory each?

He pled down to one gun charge and as I recall an initial recommendation of 0 to 6 months jail time, which a lot of people on this blog thought was incredibly lenient. So, in the end, the prosecution recommends 3 months, smack in the middle of the initial recommendation made based in part on his plea agreement, and does the necessary paperwork in support of it. As part of the justification for it, they catalog the different stories that Gil apparently told, some self-serving, some apparently trying to keep Crit out of it. So, to Urnesto and others, if you are hearing one story from one group of witnesses and then the guy in question is giving you several different stories, who are you more likely to believe? That's why changing his story is relevant.

But it's ultimately moot. There is no evil prosecution at work here, the recommendation is line with what Gil's lawyers agreed to.

@flyingtrees If no one has bothered to clue you in, you're not too hip for the room. When this story first broke, this blog was full of people arguing that Gil shouldn't be charged with anything because DC's gun laws are unconstitutional. So, rather than being too hip, you're actually just too late and missed the party. Most of that crowd is probably a little busy at the moment furiously blogging against the Health Care Reform Bill.

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 24, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I have a little problem with the government becoming so focused on Gil's alleged coverups. If that had been the prosecution's concern, rather than the weapons charge, it should have filed and focused on those charges instead. It seems to flip their own story by now making a sentencing case based on that.

Posted by: neathridge | March 24, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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