Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm.
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will learn his fate on Friday for bringing four unloaded guns into the team locker room.
Prosecutors are pushing for Arenas to serve at least three months in jail for one felony count of violating the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws.
Just to compare, the maximum term for Arenas’ crime is five years. The sentencing guidelines for someone with his record call for 6-24 months, although those guidelines also allow for probation.
Teammate Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation.
The final decision will be decided by Judge Robert E. Morin.
It has been a rough week for Arenas as he learned about the death of his mother, who he didn’t have a relationship with.
Now he faces the possibility of spending his summer behind bars, which could result in the Wizards voiding his contract.
Do you think Arenas should get jail time for his actions?
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:26 am.
You continue to find new ways to surprise me each and every week.
Arenas, the suspended Washington Wizards guard, gave an interview with Esquire magazine in which he says he has “messed up” the legacy of recently decease owner Abe Pollin.
“I have a painting of him in my garage. I just walk by it with my head down,” Arenas told Esquire. “I called Mrs. Pollin and said, ‘If Abe was still with us, I would’ve had to talk to him, so I’m gonna give you the same respect. I want to say sorry to you. I deserve to be punished. I’ll do everything it takes to get back your husband’s respect.”
But wait, there’s more.
Arenas also admits he had as many as 500 firearms in his home.
Some dudes collect cars, well, Gilbert collects guns.
Lots of them.
All but four of the guns went to storage when Arenas had children, but even four is excessive for anyone not in the state of Texas.
Agent Six (R.I.P. Agent Zero), keep being you, sir.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm.
Gilbert Arenas has started the campaign to clean up his image by writing a story in the Washington Post that explains he will rebuild his relationship with the youth in Washington D.C.
“I understand the importance of teaching nonviolence to kids in today’s world,” Arenas wrote. “Guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters — a lesson that’s been brought home to me over the past few weeks. I thought about this when I pleaded guilty as charged in court and when I accepted my NBA suspension without challenge.
Is there nothing more cliche than an athlete getting in trouble and trying to make things right by going after the youth?
We saw this with Michael Vick and now with Arenas, who is clearly trying to save the rest of his $111 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
It would be refreshing for athletes to help the youth before landing that felony on their record.
The damage has already been done, Gilbert.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm.
Gilbert Arenas is one step closer from possibly never playing in the NBA again.
The Wizards guard pleaded guilty on Friday to carrying a pistol without a license, a felony conviction.
This was part of a plea bargin that hoped to keep Arenas out of jail. He won’t know until he’s sentenced on March 26.
Prosecutors are seeking between six months and two years behind bars for Arenas but the judge makes the final call.
If you’re Judge Robert E. Morin, why wouldn’t you make an example out of Arenas the same way prosecutors nailed ex-New York Giants star Plaxico Burruss?
A guilty plea will likely keep Arenas out of the NBA for the rest of the season while the Wizards will look to void the rest of his $111 million contract.
The next uniform Arenas could be putting on is a jumpsuit instead of one sporting his name on the back.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm.
Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA without pay for allegedly pulling a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton at the Verizon Center.
NBA commissioner David Stern released the following statement:
The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.
Maybe pretending to shoot your teammates before Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia wasn’t a good idea, Gilbert.
Or the nightly Twitter rants (please feel free to Tweet though) that make absolutely no sense.
Or calling Stern a “mean dude.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if Arenas has played his last game as a member of the Washington Wizards.
P.S. – Happy Birthday, #0.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 12:01 am.
Everyone’s favorite NBA blogger is back.
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is expected to make his season debut on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons if all goes well in practice.
But with Gilbert, who really knows what to expect.
For all we know, he could come out at halftime on Wednesday against Charlotte and surprise us all.
When the guard does return, he won’t play in back-to-back games and will probably see limited action as the Wizards limp towards the end of the regular season.
The $111 million man has sat out all season after playing in just eight games last season.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm.
Say it ain’t so, Agent Zero.
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will have a third operation on his injured knee and is expected to be out until December. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm.
Gilbert Arenas just got paid.
The Washington Wizards re-signed their eccentric guard/blogger to a six-year, $111 million contract.
And that’s after Arenas turned down an additional $16 million.
“(The Wizards) offered me the max, and I’m basically giving back $16 million,” Arenas told the Washington Times from China, where is traveling as part of promotional tour for a shoe company. “This is in line with what I’ve been saying the whole time. You see players take max deals and they financially bind their teams. I don’t wanna be one of those players and three years down the road your team is strapped and can’t do anything about it.”
How generous of you, Gil.
You don’t think nearly $20 million a year is putting the Wizards in an financial bind?
In a matter of a week, Washington has spent $161 million on Arenas and Antawn Jamison, the same duo that hasn’t been able to knock out Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs.
Can someone explain to me what sense that makes?
Fourth time is a charm, Washington.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm.
“When I was new in the NBA the team veterans convinced me to shave, you know, down there, because they said the hair stinks. I used my girlfriend’s razor, which was rusty and gave me keloids. The doctor prescribed medicine to dab on, but I just poured it all over. Three days later I woke up screaming. The skin was burnt off my scrotum, down to my crack, everything — just raw flesh. I still had to run and play, so I used a numbing spray for a month until it healed. Now I use clippers.”
- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas on the worst physical pain he’s ever experienced.
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.