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Statement from Arenas's lawyer

Ken Wainstein, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and attorney for Gilbert Arenas, stated today:

"We are very gratified with the outcome of today's sentencing proceeding. Judge Morin's decision was fair and measured; it reflected a deep understanding of the relevant facts and equities; and it carefully took into account both the facts relating to Mr. Arenas' offense and the evidence of Mr. Arenas' good character. The result was a sentence that serves justice very well.

Mr. Arenas is grateful to the Court, and looks forward to serving the community and once again being a force for good in the District of Columbia."

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 8:20 PM ET
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I'm tempted to say that he dodged a ....well you know. One hopes that we're now seeing the end of this and this franchise and its fans can now move on.

Maybe both Blatche and Arenas have seen the light. Two young men with a world in front of them.

Guys, grab it. Take it and run.

Posted by: SteveMG | March 26, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Ken Wainstein, stated today...

"We are very gratified with the outcome of today's sentencing proceeding. Judge Morin's decision was fair and measured...

and more importantly our firm made a lot of ca$h from this case!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 26, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Trust me O'Melvney & Myers made very little money in comparison to the money it gets from its corporate clients. Arenas' case would not require a lot of time or resources. They got a good and just result for their client but this was certainly not a cash cow for this international law firm and definitely not its typical case.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 26, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Is there a thing about good news coming in threes. 1) Ted finally gets an agreement. 2) Gilbert gets a good decision in his favor. Whats number 3) ???


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 26, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I saw on one broadcast earlier that the judge was a no nonsense judge and that it would be hard for him not to give Gil any jail time without being criticized for being soft on celebrities.

I guess that did not sway his opinion at all. Good for him.

It also appears that the prosecutor did not represent the spirit of the plea, for if he did, Gilbert's attorney should not have had to do a line by line rebuttal of his recommendations.

The spirit of the plea as I was saying was for Gilbert to get probation, but the prosecutor backslide and the judge it appears did not fall for the prosecutors argument.

You know I like the small behind the scenes mundane details. It is like being a fly on the wall.

Has Ted been interviewed yet?


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 26, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse


I don't think it was a pro bono case and the publicity they got from the case didn't hurt them either.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 26, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

There was way too much at stake here for this to be anything close to pro bono. I think Gil had to fork over top dollar.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 26, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm tempted to say that he dodged a ....well you know.

Posted by: SteveMG

A wizard SteveMG, they dodged a wizard =)

Posted by: ts35 | March 27, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Why do people like Wise and Wilbon keep writing about the Wiz keeping Gilby?

Let's not forget that this team has won nothing with Gilby and the season was on a downward spiral even after Gilby came back in great shape after working out with Tim Grover.

Now he's older and still max money.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 27, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Just a theory...some players find there niche when moving to a new team that can benefit from that players strengths and mitigate their weaknesses, unlike the player's previous team. Don't forget that the Wizards ARE a new team. I think any counter-argument to me regarding not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is going to be hard for me to refute, but on the other hand, if the Leonsis deal is not enough change to draw a good free agent to this miserable situation, then we'll make a go if it with Thornton, Blatche, Arenas, etc.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | March 27, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Nonsense. Pollin traded Chris Webber away when he got stopped on the beltway and weed was found in his car. Pollin hated guns and violence because of what happened to his friend, Israeli prime minister Yitzak Rabin (assasination), and there's no indication that he would have done anything differently.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 27, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Ok folks, let's not try to re-write history here to serve your argument--as rbpalmer just did.

Fact: Gilbert Arenas had unloaded weapons and posed no real threat to society

Fact: Chris Webber was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of marijuana and five other traffic-related violations after being pulled over for speeding on the way to practice at the then-MCI Center. He was also accused of gang-raping a woman in Avenel a few months later--but never charged with that crime.

Players get traded for all kinds of reasons, and oftentimes there are several reasons to make a trade. Re-writing history and saying Webber did the same thing Arenas did and that's why Pollin traded him is really pathetic.

Abe Pollin had a much closer relationship and fondness of Gilbert Arenas than he ever had with Webber. To claim he would have treated Gilbert the same way he treated Webber is patently absurd.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

My best wish for wiz next season.
1/New owner ASAP, no EG, keep flip since he is too expensive to move him.Remove all medical staff and trainers.
2/ sign James singlton and SL with cheap money, draft Evans Turner if not Wall.
3/ sign an experianced center. My 1st pick is Okor, pick 2 6.7 to 7ft men for the late 1st round and second round, keep one opening for jash howard. Sign Gee for 500,000.No foye in this ball club.MM can stay for MLE.
starters GA,ET,AB,the new center and MM
6th man JM, 7th man NY, 8th man JS, then AT, SL and after mid season howard.We will win 45 games for 6th position in playoff, the next year with improvment of ET,JM and AB and deep bench we will see what we saw from the capitals.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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