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Poll: What do you think of Arenas's recommended sentence?

Today prosecutors recommended that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room. Prosecutors also proposed that Arenas serve three years probation and perform 300 hours of community service.


By Alexa Steele  |  March 23, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
 
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Be glad your not in New York.

Posted by: jandlml | March 23, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

For the folks who think Arenas should get no jail time, good luck if you're charged with the same offense and think you'll spend no time in jail. WTF?

Posted by: hessone | March 23, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The crime is Fenty & the Prosecution office for being a Spineless & Gutless Weasels. How can Arenas not get Five (5) years in jail...Everybody else gets the mandatory time!

Posted by: Lipty | March 23, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Is that all? Trix are for kids and this guy played many tricks. You can't go anywhere and take all the salary cap money and LOSE...AND violate the law like this kid has. This is the end of many stupid things he has done. Don't like this???...try New York!

Posted by: antoniok2008 | March 23, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

While I don't believe what he did, from his perspective anyway, deserves any jail time (it was just him being his joker self and having a terrible lapse in judgement...besides they weren't even loaded!), I still said he deserves jail time...the law is the law and until they amend it everyone should be prosecuted the same way.

With this being said, jandlml is exactly right... plexico shoots himself in the leg and has to go to jail for over a year! Arenas should think of himself as lucky!

Posted by: bbachrac | March 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

This is the good old US of A and there is a reason lady liberty is blind folded and carries a scale?

That way she doesn’t see who the person is she feels how much money a person puts on the scale and that is the way justice is served.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Prosecutors are notoriously greedy.
40 days and 40 nights in jail should be enough

Posted by: jercha | March 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Arenas will be lucky if the judge accepts the prosecutor's recommendation considering that he could serve up to 5 years. The fact that Arenas consistently lied and showed no remorse after his actions appears to be a strong motivation why the prosecutor is seeking jail time. Unlike Plaxico Burress who will serve over a year, Arenas was lucky his gun was unloaded and the D.C. prosecutors didn't go after his harder.

Any other average Joe in D.C. (let alone one with a prior gun charge in another jurisdiction) would be looking at the maximum or close to it. Consider it a valuable lesson learned and hopefully Arenas will mature into an adult from the results of his actions. I think the Wizards will be looking to void his contract as soon as the sentence is handed down assuming it includes any jail time.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards had to move McGuire and his $825,497 salary for a conditional second-round pick in order to get under the luxury tax threshold.

Do I even have to write anything else?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

No...you've made your point endlessly and incessantly. Please say no more.

Posted by: Blurred | March 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Our opinions would be much more informed if you would post the sentencing guidelines range and factors. To me, three months seems a bit light for multiple handguns.

Posted by: 1ofamillion | March 23, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

All I know is Delonte West is STILL playing basketball and he had 3-4 LOADED guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

But D West plays with LeBron, so he is above the law.

Actually, both West and Arenas should be found innocent using the OJ rule - innocent by reason of athletic ability.

Posted by: Blurred | March 23, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Lisa_R

Most people on here want the book to be thrown at Gilbert out of hate, not out of any conceptions or misconceptions of fairness.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 23, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually, both West and Arenas should be found innocent using the OJ rule - innocent by reason of athletic ability.

Posted by: Blurred

They sure can't use the white accused + black victim = not guilty rule

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 23, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Why would you post a question like that anyway? What do YOU think he should get? I am beginning to think you get a kick out of this whole thing with the Wizards and that you enjoy the fact that they are stuck in the mire this season. Bring back Ivan!

Posted by: ivyleague | March 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Of course the sentence is fair. It is actually on the low end. Arenas lied to the prosecutors and the court even while he broke the law. Considering that the penalty is up to 5 years in jail, 3 months is a little paltry.

Posted by: outcast | March 23, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why would you post a question like that anyway? What do YOU think he should get? I am beginning to think you get a kick out of this whole thing with the Wizards and that you enjoy the fact that they are stuck in the mire this season. Bring back Ivan!

Posted by: ivyleague

Ivy, this was posted by Alexa Steele...not Michael Lee.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 23, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

All I know is Delonte West is STILL playing basketball and he had 3-4 LOADED guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R

They were concealed also.

Pretty sure by him being on the Crabs with LeTravel gets him a free pass that covers everything up to assassinating the Pope.

Posted by: RedDMV | March 23, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@ gman11

Actually only 13% of people that responded to the question said he should get more time, so I don't think that most people want the book thrown at him, but that is just my opinion based on the survey.

And I wouldn't blame anyone for hating him. The Wizards took a chance on a guy with a injury by giving him a giant contract and he hasn't lived up to 1/100th of the money he is getting. I'm not just talking about his performance. These stupid jokes, and his constant complaining is tired. I'm sick of Gilbert and completely understand if people hate him.

Posted by: VarlyisNarly | March 23, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, ivyleague! I agreed with you one hundred percent. Mike's anti-Wizards bias is quite strong and seems to revel in consistently portraying the team and its players in only negative terms. The dark and sad Gilbert story no doubt "saved" the season for him.

Posted by: Fief1 | March 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, ivyleague! I agree with you one hundred percent. Mike's anti-Wizards bias is quite strong, and he seems to revel in his ability to consistently portray the team and its players in only negative terms. The dark and sad Gilbert story no doubt "saved" the season for him.

Posted by: Fief1 | March 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Three months? That's some seriously candy-a** time. Just enough time to read a few books and watch Jerry Springer re-runs.

Whatever,
You get caught with an OZ of pot and you're looking at a one to three year sentence in some places. You get caught acting a fool with guns you get nothing.

How 'bout some criminal justice reform, Mr. President? No question the legal system has their priorities backwards.

Posted by: captainkona | March 23, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what criminal justice system you all live in, but people RARELY get the max. Only for heinous crimes, and rarely then. Even though everyone will freak out again, this was simply a technicality crime (having a VA gun in DC). Nothing about Gil's intent or state of mind is relevant.

Secondly, I think saying Mike Lee has some anti-Wiz bias is about the craziest thing I've heard -- he's doing a great job promoting this new team. You want to complain about someone who hates on DC? Go to Wilbon.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

captainkona -- Not true at all. An ounce will get you probation in most places, even if they give you a piece of paper saying the max sentence could be 10 years. This kind of sentencing is SUPER common. Try reading the rest of the newspaper.

VarlyisNarly -- When has Gilbert ever complained? He tried not talking or smiling, but the press kept pushing him and he relinquished. He was stuck with sorry teammates in Jamison and Butler and never complained. I mean, come on. You're making things up if you say Gilbert just complained.

Lisa-R -- Also, West was arrested in MD while Gilbert got caught in DC. Gun-wise, that's a HUGE difference. There are so many factors in these things: The jurisdiction, the law, the sentencing, etc. Crying conspiracy is not really rational, because nothing in the criminal justice system is particularly rational.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What was working against Gilbert was his prior gun conviction. What was working for him was years of very public philanthropy, community service and a "good guy image." Stern did him a huge favor by suspending him, so there was a sense he'd already been punished pretty severely. Three months in jail was the best he could have hoped for. However, from a basketball standpoint, he does not need another three months of relative inactivity. I agree the Delonte West thing is totally mystifying. He had handguns, rifles, knives--guy has some serious issues.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 23, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Not that something as insignificant as facts will have any sway here but . . .

For the record, Arenas has not actually been sentenced yet. The prosecutor's recommendation is just that: a recommendation. The judge is the one who will actually pass down the sentence and he's free to accept or reject either side's recommendation as he sees fit. We still have no idea how much time, if any, he'll get.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Kona brings up a good question...does the CBA expressly prohibit bringing weed onto NBA property?

Also, what if you are a player in California aor Oregon where it is basically legal? Can you then smoke it and be exempt from the drug rules of the NBA if you have a prescription?

Posted by: Blurred | March 23, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

My aunt, 2 brothers, son, were killed, but the guns were loaded, they were not empty, how many people are killed with an empty gun. I understand[w]people wanting to take his money but not[b] people, in america where we are owe so much, don't be fooled by the hype.

Posted by: maejude | March 23, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Urnesto, are you Mike Lee's mom?

Posted by: Fief1 | March 23, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This country has enough people in jail, why house a millionare?
Charge him a hefty fine and community service that would be enough.

Posted by: shamken | March 23, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Not that something as insignificant as facts will have any sway here but . . .

For the record, Arenas has not actually been sentenced yet. The prosecutor's recommendation is just that: a recommendation. The judge is the one who will actually pass down the sentence and he's free to accept or reject either side's recommendation as he sees fit. We still have no idea how much time, if any, he'll get.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Really Arenas has not actually been sentenced yet?

Thanks for telling us something we already knew?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"All I know is Delonte West is STILL playing basketball and he had 3-4 LOADED guns."

All I know is they are completely separate circumstances and jurisdictions. And, very importantly, one didn't involve threatening another human being with a gun in anyway. They were just in his car in a jurisdiction that allows handguns.

Open your eyes.

@Urnesto,

Agree with the bias bs. He's reporting the news of the day completely without bias. Don't understand the reading comprehension of some people.

However, I disagree with your technicality comment. The DC gun laws are very clear. Just their existence in DC is against the law, let alone the addition of threatening another person with said guns.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought the DC laws were being overturned.

Whatever. i could be wrong.

Who cares. Is this a BB blog or a criminal justice blog

Oh wait, in pro sports, its the same thing.

Any chance we win tonight

Posted by: Blurred | March 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, three months and three years probation. Pretty much what I thought. Not enough to trouble that roughly 80 mil balance on his contract. Expect to see GA on the floor next season. He's going nowhere for at least two more years. Now when the 2011-12 season's up, GIL has a player option which he might not exercise if he's played his way back from basketball oblivion.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Three months in jail was the best he could have hoped for."

Maybe the best Arenas could hope for given how badly he has handled the situation from the beginning up to this moment, "In a scathing 61-page memo, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh wrote that his office is seeking jail time primarily because Arenas initially provided inconsistent stories about why he had the guns in the locker room and that he never showed any remorse for his actions.

'The defendant's conduct since the time of the incident establishes that he has shown little genuine remorse for anything other than how this incident may affect his career,' Kavanaugh wrote."

I doubt Gilbert or society will benefit from him doing jail time, the best would have been some sort of community service, perhaps with victims of gun violence, if they could have put up with him. He might have finessed that kind of outcome and may yet still get probation and a suspended sentence but he has hurt his cause by his attitude during the entire affair. He has never given the impression of taking any of it seriously.

Posted by: midlevex_ | March 23, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

He should get the sentence. He did the crime, has to do the time. But he probably won't do the time in jail, so not a harsh sentence for him. He shouldn't fight it either. If he does the time and comes out better for it, it'll help him repair his image, the Wiz, and be a lesson for the community. I agree that it would be a double standard of a non-pop star would bring guns into the district that they'd get a larger sentence, but it depends on the intent and Gil's intent was not to disburse and sell...but to be an idiot. Big difference in intent.

Posted by: leopsan | March 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Way to harsh for what was essentially a misunderstanding. Nobody got hurt. 3 months jail is huge, but still just the tip of the iceberg. 300 hours of service? That's ridiculous.

I would guess this is just because of his prior arrest record. But geez. Poor guy.

Posted by: Matte | March 23, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"All I know is Delonte West is STILL playing basketball and he had 3-4 LOADED guns."

Right.

He wasn't caught in DC however.

People keep failing to recognize this.

I think Gil is sincere, I however cannot answer this poll and I don't want to.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 23, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

AND this is not his first time caught with guns.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 23, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Whats funny about prosecutors is they are always for harsh punishment while they are prosecutors then they go into private practice and try to get those same people off. Or they get involved in politics and become crooked and corrupt like a guy we all know from NYC.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually, both West and Arenas should be found innocent using the OJ rule - innocent by reason of athletic ability.

Posted by: Blurred

They sure can't use the white accused + black victim = not guilty rule

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 23, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true Tea Party racist.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 23, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"Urnesto, are you Mike Lee's mom?"

Not that I'm aware of. But he's a beat reporter and a fine one at that. If you absolutely need to hate, go hate on Wilbon. That guy is insanely anti-DC (and anti-underdogs, which is usually the same thing.)

Also, Kalo, I don't think anyone's claiming that Gil already got sentenced. Unless they're misreading....

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

if you've never been an inmate, please refrain from petitioning for a sentence any heavier than the prosecution recommends not for something this petty.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

NewManagement ---

Read it again. I think you read G-Man's comment backwards. He's saying that white people normally get off when the victim is black (and says it in a sardonic way, suggesting that he believes it's a bad thing). That's a liberal point of view, and the opposite of tea party racism.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks for telling us something we already knew?"

It's pretty clear from some of the responses that not everyone knew it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

However, if you'd like me to tell you something that everyone does know, how about this:

You're an idiot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"All I know is Delonte West is STILL playing basketball and he had 3-4 LOADED guns."

All I know is they are completely separate circumstances and jurisdictions. And, very importantly, one didn't involve threatening another human being with a gun in anyway. They were just in his car in a jurisdiction that allows handguns.

Open your eyes.

@Urnesto,

Agree with the bias bs. He's reporting the news of the day completely without bias. Don't understand the reading comprehension of some people.

However, I disagree with your technicality comment. The DC gun laws are very clear. Just their existence in DC is against the law, let alone the addition of threatening another person with said guns.

Posted by: rphilli721

Delonte West hasn't a) been convicted or reached a plea deal yet, which means that b) he isn't anywhere near a sentencing date. He's currently facing more charges (though with about the same amount of mandatory time attached). So time will tell is he gets something similar to or worse than GA. His trial date is April 16th I think.

Posted by: ts35 | March 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

My only problem with this and maybe Im remembering wrong but I thought they recommended only 30 days his 1st time around. How can they suddenly switch like that or did they not recommend that much? Then they say that the recommendation is not really for the guns in the District itself but more for his inconsistent statements and behavior after the fact which I think is dumb. I dont want to see him get any time but 3 months wouldnt be too bad. He would probably be in good enough shape for camp.

I think most think he would get picked on in jail but I think he will actually be liked and everyone will try to get him to play ball every day if he has that freedom. You think they wouldnt love to ball with Gil? Its getting warm outside too. The other big reason why I wouldnt mind it is because he probably wouldnt be able to workout like he wants to and while most will say that is bad, Ive always been a big believer in rest. I use to make threads on here all the time saying how Gil needs to rest but instead he like works out and plays ball for all 12 months out the year. I think your body needs time to recover and you can double that with injuries. In that regard I think it could be good for him but I hope he gets 0-30 days

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"The DC gun laws are very clear. Just their existence in DC is against the law...."

Another reason the name was changed from "Bullets" to Wizards.

No matter what happens I hope they call the team "Bullets" once again. The name "Wizards" sucks.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

BTW, has anyone ever seen this vid of Blatche in HS? I thought it was pretty cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gAjjwkip1A&feature=related

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for telling us something we already knew?"

It's pretty clear from some of the responses that not everyone knew it.


Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Other than yours what responses?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Man...we talkin bout practice!! Practice!! He didn't bring any guns to a game...but PRACTICE!!!!!!LMAO!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | March 23, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Hope all goes well Gil. Say a prayer for you - you still have a lot of DC fans.

Posted by: washwiz | March 23, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I think we're seeing why the judge postponed this three months: it's no longer front page news.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 23, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Folks...if it was some dude living in anacostia, and not some celeb living in mclean, he would be serving YEARS of jail time. What don't you get?

Do you realize he brought military grade handguns illegally into DC into a public facility to intimdate a person, while already having a prior gun charge. Then covered the story up???????????????

What is wrong with this world? Isn't their accountability anymore?

Common....

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | March 23, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

he should get a few days for being an unbelievable idiot. that's enough for what he did, which was stupid beyond belief, but nobody was threatened, or harmed (except arenas).

Posted by: stevie2 | March 23, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The judge should give the little boy his 3mos and then make sure this punk has a nice cell mate. Gilbert better start doing his stretching exercises so he can bend over and pick up the soap in the shower.

And some advise on your first day in prison Gilbert please take a dump in the meanest nastiest dude's shoes. He will appreciate the joke and you make a name for yourself.

Also suggest you learn how to hide contraband so you smuggle in some KY.

If I was the judge he would get the full five years.

Posted by: sheepherder | March 24, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

All I know is Delonte West is STILL playing basketball and he had 3-4 LOADED guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R

Well West has a bipolar condition that might keep him out of jail and Arenas already has one gun charge on his record... it has nothing to do with playing with LeBron....

Posted by: seahawksfan1 | March 24, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Delonte West wasn't in violation of DC law, he was in Maryland. (That's a good point though.)

Gil deserves the three months the prosecutor is asking for.

For those of you who think Gil should get more...I understand but three months in jail is a long, long time and the guns weren't loaded and there was never any intent to actually commit violence or robbery...the threat of violence is still present regardless of intent.

For those who say Gil shouldn't do any time...I understand but this guy already has a record for this...The judge might throw this dude in jail for a year. Guys have gone in longer for less.

Good luck, Gil.

Posted by: mcsobran | March 24, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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