Transcript of Arenas's comments on Friday
Gilbert Arenas's attorney Ken Wainstein provided a full transcipt late Friday night of the court proceedings on Friday. Here is what Arenas said in D.C. Superior Court before Judge Robert E. Morin sentenced him to 30 days in a halfway house, two years of supervised probation, 400 hours of community service and $5,000 fine in his felony gun possession case. He explains his attempted cover up, what happened in Philadelphia on Jan. 5, and expresses his disappointment about the entire situation:
"I would like to start off by saying, you know, I am very sorry, you know, that this all happened. Every day I wake up wishing that it didn't.
You know, I thought by lying, screwing the truth that I can protect -- I consider family, I'm with my teammates more than I am with my own family. So I figured since I caused it all, I can fix it by taking the fall.
I know it wasn't right but I would rather keep a friend, keep a teammate and lose everything else. And I know my actions, you know, wasn't the best for me, you know, by, you know, taking it, you know, lightly. But that's what my personality is.
Anything that I can, that will give me pain like it is now, I try to look at the good part about it and, you know, smile, see if I can, you know, share some light to keep me from a situation like this. And that's who I am. You know, I like to make people laugh. I like to make people smile.
You know, from the picture that shows me, you know, right after I finished talking, you know, to the prosecutor, I mean to the DA, with the picture of me, you know, pointing my fingers up -- for everybody else, you know, I'm taking it, you know, lightly. But to me, I look at a picture where 14, 15 players are laughing together for the last time.
And, you know, that's just how I feel. And I'm very sorry that, you know, you know, I hurt Crittenton and his family and Mr. Pollin and the city of Washington.
You know, I try not to think about, you know, what's going to happen to me after. You know, I can't, I can't think about anything that I don't have control over. But I did have control over, you know, protecting Crittenton as much as I can. And, you know, what we did that day, you know, was stupid, irresponsible.
But just like anybody you're around 24/7, you're going to have conflicts, you're going to have disagreements, you know. But it's what you do after. And, you know, he accepted my apology. I accepted his. And, you know, I wish that, you know, everyone else can too.
I've never held a grudge against anybody. If he met me, you know, not during this time, you know, he wouldn't consider me, you know, a bad guy, you know. No one else does. And I just want to say sorry again that I put everybody through this."
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