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Statement from the Wizards on Arenas sentence

"We believe today's sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months. Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community. We are confident that he has learned something significant from the experience and we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve."

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

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 4:51 PM ET
 
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So quick to speak after being so quick to distance from him...! Those people are funny!

Posted by: Gooddad | March 26, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve."

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

Who's "WE" I hope none of you are here next year since none of you know how to build a contender!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The Pollin family should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for the way they treated Gilbert. They put their hatred of the 2nd amendment over common sense loyalty to one of their own. Abe is turning over in his grave at how his family handled this situation.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Delonte West will get off too?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Poor, poor Gilbert. He's been so mistreated. LOL

Posted by: swinging4thefence | March 26, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Can fans carry guns into the games now? I hope not.

Posted by: dug_w | March 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

got a agme tonight mike lee. your job is not done, tip off in what 2 hrs?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 26, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Barno1-I truly hope I never have to meet and endure your presence.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | March 26, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll be so happy when I don't have to hear about the Polin's anymore. They are guilty of being cheap and clueless. We deserve an apology from them more then we need one from them about Gilbert.

Glad you didn't go to jail Gil, you certainly didn't deserve it. I was praying for you.

Jail is for bad, bad, people. While he is guilty of being a knucklehead, he's certainly not a bad person.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Ray. Amen.

Viva Gil

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas is neither a criminal nor a "thug" as some in the media (or on this blog) would have you believe.

He's paid a fairly heavy price for his silly pranks and immature behavior.

If Arenas comes back and re-dedicates himself to making the Wizards a playoffs contender again, I'll be rooting for him.

Posted by: JekyllnHyde | March 26, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Can fans carry guns into the games now? I hope not.

Posted by: dug_w | March 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report
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What makes you think they don't?

Posted by: gmac78 | March 26, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm really happy for Gil. Now, I hope he still wants to play for the home team.

Posted by: taylormade218 | March 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise was at court and said Gil's attorney went through the sentencing memo point by point and eviscerated it. Made the case the prosecutor was trying to "get" Gil because he's famous etc.

Pays to have a good attorney huh

Posted by: divi3 | March 26, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy

I'm so happy the law realizes that carrying a gun without intent is different than carrying with intent.

Guns could prevent so many crimes. But noooooo, you have to have a license. In other words: Let's just give criminals who ignore the law an advantage.

Posted by: Risa_L | March 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Great news for Gil... I think he will bounce back. The guy is resilient.

Lets say we land a top 3 pick in the draft (currently looming around the 3rd pick before the lottery) and draft Evan Turner, the ideal backcourt mate for Gil in my opinion. The guy has unreal size for a 2 at 6'7", can stroke the outside shot, has a great handle, can pass, play D, the guy can do it all.

At Small Forward you re-sign Howard, but not at the Team Option we have for him at 10 mil.. He has said he wants to come back here so maybe release him and sign him for around 6 or 7 mil.

Andray Blatche has broken thru it seems (minus that attitude the other night) and we still have him at a good contract.. He could be an all star next year.

At Center you look through the free agent market and find one that fits our needs best. Ideally a rugged defender with a mean streak.

Off the bench you have Thornton coming in at the 3/4 spot and McGee coming in to give us minutes at center. Resign Livingston to come in at backup PG and choose between either young, foye, or miller to backup the SG spot (seems like foye and miller are on the way out, so I guess Young is the guy).

Those moves are all VERY realistic.. and we would still have tons of cap space. Not to mention the later 1st rd pick and early 2nd rd pick.

Do you think that would give us any optimism going into next year? i dont know, i feel like that team could definitely compete.

Posted by: jeffco01 | March 26, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Great news for Gil... I think he will bounce back. The guy is resilient.

Lets say we land a top 3 pick in the draft (currently looming around the 3rd pick before the lottery) and draft Evan Turner, the ideal backcourt mate for Gil in my opinion. The guy has unreal size for a 2 at 6'7", can stroke the outside shot, has a great handle, can pass, play D, the guy can do it all.

At Small Forward you re-sign Howard, but not at the Team Option we have for him at 10 mil.. He has said he wants to come back here so maybe release him and sign him for around 6 or 7 mil.

Andray Blatche has broken thru it seems (minus that attitude the other night) and we still have him at a good contract.. He could be an all star next year.

At Center you look through the free agent market and find one that fits our needs best. Ideally a rugged defender with a mean streak.

Off the bench you have Thornton coming in at the 3/4 spot and McGee coming in to give us minutes at center. Resign Livingston to come in at backup PG and choose between either young, foye, or miller to backup the SG spot (seems like foye and miller are on the way out, so I guess Young is the guy).

Those moves are all VERY realistic.. and we would still have tons of cap space. Not to mention the later 1st rd pick and early 2nd rd pick.

Do you think that would give us any optimism going into next year? i dont know, i feel like that team could definitely compete.

Posted by: jeffco01 | March 26, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse
I agree with you except on Howard.The combination of AB,gilbert and howard will make the loacker room very good.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 26, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

In the end this means very little for GA ever playing for the Wiz again. It does however help his trade value. After the Wiz get out from under his horrendous contract then maybe we can move towards being a respectable franchise again.

Posted by: Mark_Edwin | March 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Arenas isn't going to jail, but I have to admit that I'll probably hate him as a Wizard by next January.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 26, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I'll be so happy when I don't have to hear about the Polin's anymore. They are guilty of being cheap and clueless. We deserve an apology from them more then we need one from them about Gilbert.

Glad you didn't go to jail Gil, you certainly didn't deserve it. I was praying for you.

Jail is for bad, bad, people. While he is guilty of being a knucklehead, he's certainly not a bad person.

- Ray

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You summed it up perfectly, Ray. As for the Jeffco suggestion above, I basically agree to. Turner would be a perfect match with Gil, ala Larry Hughes but much better. My only input would be: 1. I think we can get Howard for much, much cheaper; 2. your plan still leaves us with a bunch of money - and I think we should use it to sign good role players like Haslem and Singleton. I also think we could get Childress on the cheap and that he could be very good.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 26, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

And what i forgot to mention...JAMES SINGLETON...gotta love him, great energy guy off the bench

Posted by: jeffco01 | March 26, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE TED SAVE US!

Posted by: horace1 | March 26, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"We believe today's sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months".
Just edit that to "the last three years". Obviously. And the, "played out and closure" part, uh, first enable and then say its over? Blatche says it's not.

Posted by: horace1 | March 26, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Gil, get yourself together and will be looking forward to seeing you play for the wizards next season.

Posted by: washwiz | March 26, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The Pollin family should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for the way they treated Gilbert. They put their hatred of the 2nd amendment over common sense loyalty to one of their own. Abe is turning over in his grave at how his family handled this situation.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2010 5:03 PM | 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

95% of the comments for this post are repulsive and hateful, on all sides. Why do you choose to go through your lives this way?

Posted by: IrenePollin | March 27, 2010 1:20 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 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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