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Transcript of Arenas's comments on Friday


I was just trying to be funny. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)


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."

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 3:48 PM ET
 
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Comments


I counted 33 'you know's' in his comments.

That's gotta be some kind of record, you know.


Posted by: original_mark | March 27, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"You know" I feel bad for him. I think his "you knows" were from nerves. His grammar is better than a lot of athletes I've heard speak.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 27, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, it's been reported that he said "skewing the truth", not "screwing the truth".

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 27, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I think that He is sincere.
The Wizzies have a Medical staff, strength & conditioning coach, shooting coach, Big man coach, and any other aspect of the game coach plus the NBA has a dress code to suggest professionalism.
Why isn't there a speech coach that can help these athletes look professional in front of the cameras & microphones.
All the "you knows" and "we was ,they was & grunts & groans & scratching their noses should be eliminated by just a couple of classes.

Posted by: VBFan | March 27, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

yes, he was nervous and couldnt get his thoughts togeter, can't say i blame him. In interviews most of the time he's a pretty good speker. Just glad it's over with and he was trying to "fix it".

Posted by: washwiz | March 27, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Some think he hasn't learned his lesson -- I can't wait to see how he proves them wrong.

Posted by: Cratchit | March 27, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see how those here who make fun of his grammar would articulate with their freedom and career on the line in front of a judge.

Posted by: eyekey416 | March 28, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

I would rather see Gilbert get access to behavioral therapy than speech therapy. A lot has been made of his upbringing and how its affected his personality and the way he regards others. For what he has displayed as a member of the Wizards, he might be best served by regular sessions with a psychologist.

Posted by: rmagritte | March 28, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, it's been reported that he said "skewing the truth", not "screwing the truth".

Posted by: Firuz1

Thanks, that had me WHEW! How quickly things can get misquoted

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