Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 2:57 pm  |  39 responses

Gilbert Arenas to be Suspended for Remainder of Season

by Ryne Nelson

We had a pretty good idea it would come down to a season-ending suspension. Regardless of what happened in the Wizards locker room, Gilbert Arenas had no excuse for bringing weapons onto NBA property. May the punishment fit the crime…

From Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

A person familiar with today’s meeting between Gilbert Arenas and NBA Commissioner David Stern said the Wizards’ three-time all-star guard requested to be suspended for the remainder of the season and sources said that Stern plans to abide by the request.

According to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Arenas also told Stern that he would tell the players’ union not to fight the suspension.

Now, if only the Wizards can figure out how to handle that hefty contract.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    I don’t understand why Gil would ask for this, but it doesn’t surprise me that Stern agreed.

  • JB

    My guess would be he’s trying to make amends of the situation by taking some responsibility?

    Gotta take the medicine sooner or later.

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    thats not bad at all i thought he might get this to begin with, anything more would be unjust… and im assuming the contract stays intact… in ur face mangmnt… he probably ask 4 it cause the team sux this season, so by the time he comes back next year he can share the back court scotty reynolds or some1 of that magnitude…

  • Lz – Cphfinest 3

    Mr. Sandwichconnection; Gil is afraid that the Wiz’s will tear up his huge contract, playing this season is not a big issue for a guy who just sat out two seasons. Losing 110+ million $ is. He is trying to do the ‘right thing’, so the Wiz wont have an excuse. Wouldn’t surprise me if Washington went all out in trying to get to tear up his contract.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    This is probably best for the L and for Arenas. Dude obviously needs some time to get his personal life in order and get his head straight. Hopefully, he’ll be back to his old self next season.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If this is what Arenas wants, then I’m fine with it. I didn’t think it warranted a suspension for the rest of the season, but if dude is asking to be punished, hey who am I to argue?

  • Fat Lever

    You know what would be interesting, in addition to the rest of the season suspension, although the players assoc would never let it fly? Half Arenas’ contract monetarily over the remainder of the life of the contract. That way he would pay a financial price(hefty to say the least), but he’d still be employed by a team, and it would allow the Wiz to rebuild somewhat. Arenas can rebuild his image though speaking to kids about guns and safety and also stay in the community that he committed the crime in, and who also has a gun problem coincidentally. Just thinking outside the box here, don’t mind me.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    I wonder if Arenas was trying to accept responsibility for his actions or is he only trying to make it appear as though he is in hopes of getting a reduced legal sentence of some kind. He likely would have gotten suspended for the rest of the year regardless (some people have argued it should be for life), so his ‘asking for suspension’ and telling the union not to fight it doesn’t really prove (or disprove) anything. I understand him being worried about his $111 mil. and he’s probably more concerned about preserving as much as that as he can than anything else.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    He doesn’t deserve to get his contract taken away. I remember when he negotiated his own contract DOWN from what Washington was going to pay for him. If nothing else, he can get right and come back next year after being traded away.

  • Yesse

    Gil made the right move.He could have been even suspended for more if he would have not said anything.

  • http://joe_c_jr@att.net Joe

    Cosign NUPE. It’s like college teams giving themselves some slap on the wrist to avoid stiffer penalty from the NCAA. Not that a half season is a slap on the wrist.

  • Sizzle

    Good for him, perhaps he can spend the year off working on his game. He has a heater but struggled this year, maybe the year off and some extra training (although he will probably spend it online gambling, boosting in halo or playing cards) will help him get some bounce back in his step. Such a shame too, a few years back he was really starting to blow up, then the injuries and now this. A personality change would also help him. Pretty sure he won’t be joking about this anymore.

  • azkahayan

    Is this an honest request or an “honest” request?
    I’m just hoping he learned his lesson & will work on his game, hell he’ll get plenty of time bringing his old stuff….if the wiz still wants him.

  • JoeMaMa

    I’m still waiting for Paul Shirley to blog about this.

  • underdog

    Good decision by Gilbert. No matter he’s on the squad or not, the Wizards won’t be near any of the playoff spots this season. So basically he left the sinking ship, and he looks great, because he asked for it. It’s a win – win. The only question left, is how the organization plans to get rid of him…

  • http://none The Philosopher

    His game reminds me of Sydney Moncrief.

  • riggs

    and yet delonte west is walking around chilling.

  • Jon

    I’m not sure about the math here but how many times has Arenas played in the last 3 years? This is meant to be the prime of his career. Imagine going to work like 6 times in 3 years. And getting paid. What is the world coming to?

  • http://www.everyjoe.com/nbaobsessed/ James

    Gilbert Arenas is lucky to keep his job. Only in pro sports can you get away with such a thing and keep not only your job, but a huge contract too.

  • Sean

    If you bring a gun to any other workplace you`re fired, not suspended. I think we should hold these dudes to hire standards than this.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Sucking up much?

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    He shoulda give his money back to Wizard …

  • MikeC.

    @riggs – Delonte’s situation will come to a head shortly. He goes on trial sometime during the next couple weeks. If he’s convicted of a felony, he’ll be in a poop sandwich of his own, but not as deep as Gil’s since West never brought his illegal guns to work. Delonte also has the ‘mental health’ card to play since it was written that he was off his meds when he was busted with his cabbage roasters.
    Gil met with Stern and Stern likely said in his angry father voice: “Mr. Arenas, this is a very serious situation. You are close to having your contract voided and being banned for life from the NBA. However, if you agree to a suspension for the rest of this season, everything will fade away, then once your suspension is over, Washington will have to trade you for 1/10th of your actual worth, and you’ll end up winning a ring with the Spurs or Mavericks. How do you like them apples?” To which Gil replied: “Mr. Stern, I find those apples to be delicious.”

  • JoeMaMa

    I’m still kind of thinking that this is just a really long and drawn out episode of Punk’d on Flip Murray.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Anyone remember Wiznutzz?
    The guy who blogged about the Wizards? I wonder what he thinks of all this.

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    gil’s my hero..

  • German Reignman

    Guns don`t kill people … but they kill careers

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    The German guy unanimously takes line of the week award
    By the way, straight talking, Slamonline could easily make a section dedicated to line of the day or something

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    The Philosopher:… exactly what about one of the best defensive two guards ever reminds you of one of the worst defensive one guards ever? Not to mention, wasn’t Moncrief more of a slasher-guard? Arenas takes a lot of outside shots.

  • JoeMaMa

    I saw Crittenton play a few times, and the guy was quick, agile, very strong, and capable of putting up numbers in the right situation. He was stuck on the Lakers bench as a rookie, then moved to Memphis where he had to get used to another system and compete with what, 3 other young PGs at the same time? Finally to Washington, where I think the guy will have a chance, and this happens. People keep talking about Gilbert, but this kid is going to get screwed out of an NBA career. I know…he messed up. But reports are that he’s a good guy who made a bad decision, and apparently the chambering a round rumour may’ve been started by Gil’s crew to deflect. In any event, I hope the guy gets another chance. Gil, next time PAY YOUR GAMBLING DEBTS.

  • knikknucker

    I watched Moncrief play and Arenas is no Moncrief. Not in his wildest dreams.

  • http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://slamonline.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kobe_bryant_top_50.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/nba/slamonline-top-50/& James the Balla

    Riggs… Delonte is walking around because he is teammates with bron!! lol

  • Bob D

    Co-sign JoeMaMa. Javaris gets suspended without pay for the remainder of the last season of his contract! Gil being a jackass and possibly ruining this kids career. Nice one Gil

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    From NBPA email:

    “Statement of G. William Hunter Regarding Discipline Imposed by the NBA on Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton

    NEW YORK, January 27, 2010 — Gilbert and Javaris are both good men and respected members of our union. They recognize that they exercised poor judgment the morning of December 21 at the Verizon Center, and realize that they must be held accountable for their actions. Neither of them wants to send a mixed message about firearms. Gilbert has asked us not to challenge the discipline the NBA has imposed. We respect his judgment and appreciate his decision to put this matter behind him as quickly as possible.

    Javaris has not reached a decision as to whether he wants to exercise his rights under our collective bargaining agreement to file an appeal regarding the severity and length of his suspension. We will be consulting with him as well as his outside counsel and hope to reach a decision shortly.

    Gilbert and Javaris have expressed to me their deep regret, and they will continue to serve as valued members of the NBA community. We fully expect that this matter is now concluded at the league level and we will respond aggressively to any improper attempt by the team to impose additional penalties.”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’ll post this again since some of y’all didn’t get it the first time.
    An aide to U.S. Senator James Webb brought a loaded gun to the Senate chambers. The weapon was in his briefcase and was discovered during a security search. The aide kept his job and was not prosecuted at all for the crime.
    So yes, somebody besides athletes can bring guns to work and keep their jobs.
    Hell, an assessor in New Orleans is reported to have brought a gun to work, waved the weapon around, and he still has a job and is running for political office.
    So please stop with the dumb comments about how this couldn’t happen at a regular job. Yes it could because it already has.
    Thank you.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Allenp – this couldn’t happen at MOST other jobs. I didn’t expect it to happen in the NBA, but if it did, I wouldn’t have been against it. The length of the suspensions in terms of # of games, does not seem excessive to me. If the gun incedent would have happened in the opening week or last week of the season I wonder what Stern would have done then. I’m glad this now seems ‘over’ and I like what Stern said about the issue being about bringing guns to the workplace. “The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one’s home or elsewhere. It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated.” ” I agree with his perspective 100% and unlike some others, I don’t thing the Delonte West case should be looked at in anywhere near a similar vain as this one.

  • tavoris

    The CBA has a “double jeapordy” clause it in, which prevents a team from penalizing a player after the NBA has already penalized the player for the same offense. As long as he stays quiet & does nothing ELSE stupid, his contract cannot be voided. If they try, the Players Association will fight it (and Stern will have no choice but to side with the Player’s Association).

  • tavoris

    in short, this “suspension” w/o pay was carefully negotiated to PREVENT the Wiz from voiding his contract.