Monday, January 4th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  52 responses

Gilbert Arenas’ World of Trouble

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

There was a time, not too long ago, when Gil’s antics were the stuff of great amusement for everyone. And though he may be trying his best, perhaps in a misguided attempt to gain public sympathy through humor, no one is laughing with Arenas anymore.

Along with teammate Javaris Crittenton, the Washington Wizards’ franchise player is set to meet with D.C. law enforcement officials, to try and explain how things in a high-stakes card game supposedly went so astray that guns eventually became involved.

His career as a Wizard hangs in the balance.

There’s talk now that the Pollin family — which owns the franchise — has already begun to look into voiding Arenas’ gargantuan $111 million contract (which has four years and over $80 mil remaining on it) should he be found guilty of some kind of felony. And you can be sure that David Stern is preparing to hand down his own brand of painful justice.

Gil doesn’t have an agent to represent him during the biggest crisis of his career (though his former representative says that Arenas didn’t pull a gun on anyone), and is left to his own clumsy devices. And for what it’s worth, Crittenton’s agent claims his client did absolutely nothing wrong, naturally.

We may never know exactly what went down in the Wizards’ locker room on Christmas Eve, but one thing that we can be certain of, is that the consequences will be felt by all parties involved for a very long time.

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  • zabba

    Agent Zero is back!

  • Hussman25

    Legally, the Wiz have the grounds to terminate the contract; Gil is no Idiot tho and will def hire a lawyer to stop that from happenin. I think that this could happen; but due to there being no president for an attorney to show (while none may be needed in this case) Gil make be able to keep his money, like Spree did; but his time in D.C. is running out. I fully believe HOWEVER if Mr. Polin was alive, Gilbert would be GONE! He was very sensitive about guns and gun violence. SB: His antics also dont help; its time to relearn how to a better teammate. Not the next multi-media darling (twitter,FB,Blogs, etc…) Look what being a character has gotten u… SMH!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Please, god….

  • Fat Lever

    Yea, I saw his responses to the questions in the locker room. He said something to the effect that he’ll keep laughing until he hears what the DA will have to say and stuff like that. Not a good time to be joking about carrying guns. I understand he’s being himself, but if he himself doesn’t realize that this is serious and that he has impressionable kids following his actions, then he doesn’t get it. Can’t be funny/laughing all the time, certain situations merit serious reactions. This is one of those times.

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    Anyway you look at it, this is just a bad situation. Beyond just the legal/financial side for the players involved, this has to impact the team in general. I would hate to be in a lockerroom and have something like this go down. As a teammate do you pick sides? How do you go on naturally like nothing happened? I’m sure both players claim no wrong doing and will say the entire issue is over and in the past. But once things escelate to drawing down on somebody, nothing is ever back to ‘normal’. Now the team will have to provide information for the investigation – that has to be uncomfortable to say the least. Just a sad situation…

  • IndyB

    They should not be let off the hook for his contract. That thing was a mistake before there were ever guns involved and the franchise should not be rewarded for allowing this to happen.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I think i’ll wait for more info to come out before commenting fully on this. However, it doesn’t appear that it will end well with whatever information is uncovered.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    What an idiot. Extremely poor decision making. What is he, 15 years old?

  • fizzrocket

    The SternBot 3000 shall have justice!!!!

  • CDub23KB24

    go lakers

  • fragile

    The Wizards should use this as an opportunity to change their name back to the Bullets.

  • Dfrance

    No Fragile, they shouldn’t.

    What was the rest of the team doing and who leaked the story to the press? Anyway, if it’s found that he did pull the gun, his season is over. Too many media outlets are calling for his head.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    “Annnnd here are your guns back; and here is your official Penny Hardaway memorial certificate. Goodbye Gilbert”- David Stern

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Baaaaad vibes all around. Wrong way to try and gain your million twitter followers, Hibachi.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    he’s done for.

  • riggs

    somewhere delonte west is laughing his a** off

  • http://www.slamonline.com slime

    Somewhere, Plaxico Burress is waiting!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Damn Gilbert, 2 years ago you was the man Gilbert, WTF happened to you?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this is a bunch of bs. Delonte West as Riggs knows, was caught riding his harley with a guitar case on his back. This guitar case had a “shotgun” (i believe) and a pistol. He was in full out desperado mode. Everything Gilbert has done has been admitted too. If you believe he pulled a gun on his teammate then you need to go to tmz

  • riggs

    i think it was 2 guns and a shotgun, and this dude is still playing ball….i dont get our system of law.

  • SteveD

    They both need to be banned for life. If this was anywhere but pro sports nothing else would even be considered. You’re fired, don’t ever come back here, we’ll mail you you’re last, pro-rated check.
    I’ll be very disappointed with the Sternbot if it’s anything less.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    right. i think it was like an oozie, a sawed off, and a revolver. he was strapped

  • Hussman25

    Ladies and Gentleman: Delonte did his crime on the DC/MD Beltway; Gil had the guns on NBA Property which prohibates players from weapons on the premises… HUGE DIFFERENCE! Delonte was just a harm to himself; Gil could have subjected players, coaches, staff to harm… The League will have nothing but the law on their side! Lifetime ban is excessive, but the rest of the year is about right… He and Javaris! Lets not they both did an idiotic thing! (Mr. Polin rolling over as we speak…RIP)
    Lets not put Delonte and Gilbert in the same category here…

  • riggs

    yes because being armed with 3 guns means youre suicidal and want the job done right…

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Damn right they’re looking to void that contract. All 80 mil remaining.

  • d.j.

    Riiight.. Delonte was a harm to himself only ?! r u serious, from what i heard the dude was having mental issues, whos to say that 5 mins later he wouldn’t have snapped and went to the mall and just went off on ppl… but anyways Gilbert will be fine because he didnt do nothing major… he just had a gun where he wasn’t supposed to have one at.. with no previous record thats a minor offense..

  • d.j.

    to prove he pulled one out on javaris and that javaris pulled one out on him you would need witnesses (idk if they have security cameras in the locker room ) and im sure no teammates will testify against another teammate to put them in prison for years, so thats charge that is out of the question… the rest of the year suspension is all he gets (Wizards suck this year anyhow).. and he will keep his $ rest assured haters..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Gilbert Arenas had unloaded guns, what harm is he gonna do, pistol whip someone? This would still not be a story if Gilbert didn’t bring it to Wizards attention he had the guns in the first place. The story about him pulling a gun on Javaris has been published in 3 different ways by 3 different news outlets, you are ignorant enough to believe it? You want a perfectly sane player brining guns to dispose of, or a bipolar player who thinks they are antonio banderas? And too steve d, in most states, at most jobs, people are allowed to carry a gun, loaded, and concealed without any repercussions

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    in fact there are atleast 2 people where i work, with concealed guns on them as i type this

  • d.j.

    @ nbk, dont let them catch you typing on slamonline than, and not doing your job haha

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    you think with that huge pay check he’d have enough money to buy some bullets.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    why isnt delonte”el mariachi” west suspended?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    because he was not on NBA “property” and what he was doing was “technically” legal.

  • james

    my boss is fat and lazy and stupid but has command over my destiny

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, what Delonte did was illegal. If he pleaded out, it was illegal. You don’t plead to legal actions.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He was arrested for Speeding, and Hand Gun charges, the gun in his guitar case was legal. either way this should have been a bigger deal then gilbert and javaris arguing over who owned a bigger gun.

  • Buschfiya

    I’m from Canada, I’m against guns, two good friends of mine were murdered with guns, I feel in the states the laws are retarded in terms of guns, no one should need to carry a hand gun. BUT BUT it is unforunatley legal…so by all means players like any other person in the US has the right to own firearms, just don’t bring it to work! or school! if you have the rights to these things even though i don’t believe in it, you need to be responsible with it. thats all i’m saying.

  • tavoris

    it’s illegal to have guns anywhere in DC. The stadium is in DC.

  • SteveD

    Concealed carry is legal right, it’s the whole pulling it on your co-worker thing that would get you fired.

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    Flint Tropics!

  • phil

    trade gil for mac!

  • Coast

    I’m a little surprised that teams let gambling happen often on team flights. What comradery can come of gambling on the way to a 2, 3, 5 game road trip across the continent? Nothing good can come of it, and in this case we see the worst that comes of it. A guy brought guns to a workplace, he could have hurt someone else besides himself. At the least it’s intimidating and almost threatening to anyone in the building who hears of what is going on or what happened at their workplace. It’s total nonsense on Gilbert’s part, and whether his contract is voided or not, he should be suspended until the end of the year at the minimum (without pay).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    gambling was not involved dude, it was more of a who’s got a bigger d*ck scenario, only about guns

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Suspension? Let’s not jump the gun here.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    haha anton! man, always pulling those funny punchlines!

  • Simon Fuller

    No apologies yet from the clowns that questioned Vecsey’s credibility? How surprising. Shades of the heat he copped for dropping the story about Shawn Kemp’s battles with alcohol, when the Reignman was still in Seattle. He forgets more about basketball in a year than most of us will know in our lives.

  • cballer

    it’s like watching a crime drama.

  • thafanatic

    Im just pissed that he would make fun and jaugh about the situation while kids are watching him. How could he be so stupid. NBA players need to realize that they are role models. It is people like Gilbert Arenas who cause the problems in america today. I know people will jump on my back for saying it, but him laughing and joking about the matter shows kids that its ok to have guns, flash em, point em at people. I dont care what he did, but making fun of the matter in front of the world is downright F ed up. If I was the Pollins I would get that guy off my team and out of my city in a second. I dont care if he is found guilty or not. David Stern this man deserves to be gone!

  • DallasJ

    if i saw a gun in my office id be snitchin – the crazies out there – you could be getting blasted. NBA locker rooms get robbed all the time – ask TelAviv. They got jacked at Staples center this summer… the wrong guy gets in there and 4 more guns on the street. or he’s so dumb and leaves a bullet in the chamber…i know if i was Arenas teammate and saw a gun on his person in the locker room.. yea no doubt im snitchin. dont give a fuu.. comes down to surviving. do you want Arenas flashing guns around you that he CLAIMS arent loaded?what a fool.

  • al

    once a upon a time dennis rodman got caught with a gun in his truck on the NBA team property premise in Detroit Place parking lot…but it was only to shoot himself…

  • Bballrehab

    I have never cared that guys like Jordan, Barkley and such were making millions, because they were insanely good and had interesting personalities. On the other hand, it’s pissing me off that a clown like Arenas, with an I.Q. of nearly zero, is getting more dough than those legends.

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    Having a gun is o.k. – Riding with your gun(s) concealled is worse – taking your gun to the workplace is even worse – pointing your gun at a coworker is dramatically worse. From an NBA perspective, Delonte’s crime ‘only’ damages the league image because it’s a legal infraction. Taking your gun to work and pointing it at somebody is a much bigger issue. In most places of business pulling a gun on somebody at work would result in automatic termination. Having a concealed weapon on your non-work time likely wouldn’t amount to much. The NBA is not your typical place of business and I’m sure the players unionn will get involved once all the facts come out. From Gil’s perspective he’ll likely say my gun wasn’t even loaded and I was reacting to the situation. I don’t think that mitigates things enough for him to not get a significant suspension and fine, and I don’t think it would be out of the question for both players to have their contract voided. There has to be a line that even pro athletes can’t cross. The only next ‘step’ they could possibly do is actually shooting someone. Personally I think they crossed the line already, but we’ll have to wait and see what the investigation turns up and what Stern does.