Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  79 responses

Gilbert’s Statement

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

As he awaits his fate — both from local and federal authorities, plus the NBA — Gilbert Arenas released a statement through his lawyer yesterday.

Arenas says it was all a “misguided effort” to play a joke on teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Here is the statement in full, via NBA.com:

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with law enforcement officials today. As the person who caused this trouble in the first place, I thought it was my duty to be the first witness to come forward and meet with the prosecutors and detectives. I told my attorney I wanted to get in for an interview as soon as we could arrange it, and that was today.

I told the detectives and prosecutors the whole story about my storing the unloaded guns at the Verizon Center and what I was intending to do when I took them out of my locker on December 21st.

As I have said before, I had kept the four unloaded handguns in my house in Virginia, but then moved them over to my locker at the Verizon Center to keep them away from my young kids. I brought them without any ammunition into the District of Columbia, mistakenly believing that the recent change in the DC gun laws allowed a person to store unloaded guns in the District.

On Monday, December 21st, I took the unloaded guns out in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. Contrary to some press accounts, I never threatened or assaulted anyone with the guns and never pointed them at anyone.

Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong. I should not have brought the guns to DC in the first place, and I now realize that there’s no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns even if unloaded.

I am very sorry for the effect that my serious lapse in judgment has had on my team, my teammates, the National Basketball Association and its fans. I want to apologize to everybody for letting them down with my conduct, and I promise to do better in the future.

I also want to thank the detectives and prosecutors on the case for the professionalism and courtesy they showed me during the interview today. I stand ready to continue to give my full cooperation to them and to the League as they investigate this incident.”

Following that weighty moment, Gil returned to his Twitter account, to continue waging war against the NY Post‘s Peter Vescey, post slightly creepy videos, and of course to tell more bad jokes.

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  • james

    i dont think black people should be allowed to carry guns

  • boy sanchez

    Can you, please, explain why James?

  • riggs

    its too early in the morning for blatant ignorance

  • zabba

    Black people look too good with guns, not fair for the rest of the race.

  • memyselfand9

    i don’t think some people should be allowed to post comments on websites.

  • rav

    gil should have just written a statement begging the wiz to cancel his contract

  • Sparker

    maybe one of the investigators could be recruited to find the remains of gil’s career

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

    don’t start it, james …

  • http://www.behindtheback.webeden.co.uk Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Its a shame Gil had to do this kinda stuff but at least he is admitting to it and holding himself to account

  • When I lose this gut I’m gonna cross you up

    I dont think Germans should be allowed to carry guns. lmao. They have a pretty rich and detailed backstory of mishandling the responsibility that firearms necessitate.

  • Torrance

    Agent Zero Intellect.

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

    Please close the comments, Ryne.

  • BostonBaller

    Then statement was a joke in and of itsself. The union should shut up sometimes b/c wrong is wrong. He has been screwy for a long time and it just keeps unfolding. He can blast the post all he wants to but it seems as though they merely reported on the incident. I’ve said it before, if this happened on a 9 to 5 it wouldn’t be national news BUT there would be no doubt he would have been fired and charged. As far as Gil “admitting to it and holding himself accountable”, that is a joke b/c you aren’t really being up front AFTER a story has been leaked and twittering/blasting the “leaker” isn’t holding yourself accountable it’s shifting the blame. Helluva player though.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    haha that birthday video in the top tweet is funny.

  • Indiana Jones

    He didn’t want the guns around his kids? Why couldn’t he just buy a gun safe?

  • derrick

    what a moron. dude about to lose games and chips due to stupidity. pulling guns on people is a joke these days? haha!! real funny. i hope stern dismisses this fool for the rest of the season. maybe the wizards can win some games without this allen iverson like chucking fool.

  • rainman10

    Ya the Wizards are losing and looking pretty awful most nights, but Gilbert was so good a few years ago that people are disappointed with his 22/4/7 after not playing for nearly 2 years.

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    Gilbert Arenas is a joke, clown, and a disrespectful prick.
    I have no problems with guns, and i have no problems with allowing people to carry guns in the public, I’m from TEXAS. Down here it’s ok to ride around the town with a gun fully showing in your back window, it’s a pretty normal thing.

    My dad always told me that once you threaten, point, or try to intimidate someone with a gun, then now you have problems. From what I understand, Gilbert Arenas did at least threaten and try to intimidate the other individual involved. Not only did he do that, but he did it in one of the areas with the most strict gun laws. In the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, where our President works and stays.
    Not only did he violate a federal law, but he also violated NBA policy & Team rules. The Polin family seems to be very disappointed in the situation because Arenas broke the law in their building. Very disrespectful towards the Polin family. This is the same family that changed the team name from the Bullets to the Wizards because of gun violence in the DC area. You should never bring gun’s to the workplace, especially with the Fort Hood situation still looming over our heads.

    Gilbert Arenas should at mininum be suspended the remainder of the season + next season. His contract should be voided, and he should do a few months in jail. They need to make an example out of this clown.

  • NAS

    he stopped being funny 2 years ago; 3 years ago we thought he was funny cuz he was so good; now he is a slightly above average player’ i feel bad that the consumate pro antawn jamison is rotting away playing with this jackass

  • NAS

    is there twitter in jail

  • Ronald

    Wow, Mr. Zapata. How do you sound so eloquent yet retarded all in the same comment? Oh, yeah I’m sure you need to double check your texas gun law research.

  • tavoris

    Adrian, you ddin’t read the account of the incident, did you? Gil gave Javaris HIS unloaded gun with a note (as a joke). He didn’t threaten anybody. I’m not taking up for Gil-cuz this was stupid-but this is being blown waaaaaaay outta proportion because Washington DC is already a gun-control hot spot.

  • Buschfiya

    James is an ignant son of a ….I thought this world was progressing, we need less people like you in this world james… truly is a shame and if everyone thought like you, well the end of the world is definitley nigh…haha fool.

  • tavoris

    ya’ll should just ignore James…he made that comment for attention-which he’s definitely getting.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Wow its funny that he’s getting crushed because he’s ‘slighty above average’ 23 points and 7 assists? Really? Stupid joke? Of course but if anyone in the world means no harrm its gilbert. Call him brainless, call him childish call him unfunny but please don’t call him a criminal and don’t sell his basketball abilty short because of a dumb off the court incident because then its you who ends up looking ignorant.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I think I just got dumber by reading these comments.

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    @Ronald – Here you go buddy, Texas Gun Laws

    @Tavoris – It’s never a joke when gun’s are involved

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    Sorry didn’t post link

    @Ronald – http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/TXSL.pdf

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata
  • doyouwantmore

    The man apologized and admitted what he did was wrong and that he knows better now. Good enough for me.

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

    I’m with Myles. It’s impressive how many people haven’t read a) the posts here, or b) Gil’s statement and tweets. There were no guns pointed at anyone. But clearly that fact seems to elude the general public. Mr. Vescey, please show me how to enthrall the masses.

  • tavoris

    @Adrian, I didn’t say the joke was funny. to Gil’s credit, he’s already admitted it was a poor choice. He also 1)proactively turned the guns to the authorities, 2)proactively spoke to the authorities, and 3)didn’t hide from the backlash.

    What you don’t realize is that this was hardly an OK Corral stand-off.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Sir, I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    He placed 4 guns down and told him to chose one. Maybe that isn’t pointing it at someone, but that would be considered a threat in any other workplace in the United States.
    I’ve read his tweets, and his statement. He can backtrack and apologive all he wants, he still broke the law by bringing guns into the District away from his home. (The Gun Law clearly states you can carry guns in your residence, not your workplace). Why is anyone even trying to defend the fact that the guy broke the law?

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

    what punishment did bassy get when he had a LOADED gun in a pillowcase on a team flight? i dont think it was a very lengthy suspension or any jail time. why is everyone calling for gils head? his worst season? wow, some are so ignorant

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    Tarzan, you make a good point about Telfair. However, I think they should have drilled him too based on TSA guidelines. Arenas should get hammered because it was the District.

  • tavoris

    @Adrian-you’re missing the point. NOBODY is defending Gilbert. He was wrong and did a very stupid thing. However, you’re spinning this as if Gilbert (who is never known for being serious) did anything more but FAIL at a joke attempt. His effort was illegal, but his intent hardly appears malicious.

    He’s already gonna get suspended, and that contract doesn’t look to be a Wizards problem after this season too. Jail time for a stupid mistake is probably a bit much-even tho it’s likely to “send a message”.

    @Tarzan-I agree. This is being blown out of proportion. If Gilbert declined to comment this wouldn’t even be public knowledge at this point.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought…

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    lol@ Myles Brown, rambling, incoherent? Well if pointing out the obvious is not considered a rational thought… i don’t know what is.

    Mr Brown, if your comment wasn’t directed at me, then I’m sorry for the resonse.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Points to Myles for quoting the funniest Adam Sandler movie ever. “What you’ve just said is quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever heard.” LMAO. Great movie.

  • Hussman25

    @TADOne: Yeah, I too think this comment section should be closed; too many “jokes” can be made about this topic; but the thing is this… its not a laughing matter. Especially racial jokes… SMH Rev. AL

  • Hussman25

    @TADOne: Yeah, I too think this comment section should be closed; too many “jokes” can be made about this topic; but the thing is this… its not a laughing matter. Especially racial jokes… SMH Rev. AL

  • Hussman25

    Sorry for the dup post, but to continue: Rev AL was wrong in trying to make this a racial issue so lets not feed that beast and play into that… in 2010 we “should” be above that by now???

  • Fat Lever

    This whole situation really makes him Gilly The Kid(heads from Philly will know what I’m talking about).

  • Hussman25

    @Fat Lever: LOL & SMH

  • boogster

    admitting one`s mistake requires courage,I for one wouldn`t call myself courageous…

  • james

    why are there so many black people in the ghetto?

  • al

    there are white people too, but they are usually shoot at and run out after a short period of time..
    like 5 mins..

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  • Hoodsnake

    In my country it is the law: If you dont own a safe in your house you cannot own a gun. Its very unfortunate that its Gil but somebody needs to be made an example. James
    go play with your Hannah Montana Christmas DVD’s

  • boogster

    Why are black people so sensitive? Can you not just ignore silly little lily white boy? I mean he is ticking you guys off like a puppet master…

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    @Hoodsnake… Nothing wrong with guns, I’m actually a member of the NRA.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yep, I was right to avoid this comment section.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Gilbert’s the man. I’m more of a fan now than before.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    This is like Starbury 2.0.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Ignorant comments shouldn’t be left for SLAMOnline, or any other website. Keep it to basketball.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    As SLAM gets more popular, there really should be some sort of moderators that will look over these posts and delete them in a time span that isn’t eleven friggin’ hours.
    I mean, this is getting ridiculous.

  • rav

    sadly when a black athlete does dumb stuff this site will attract morons like the ones who’ve posted stuff today

  • http://www.twitter.com/PDXGayBball dma


  • LeoneL

    What Jukai said.

  • somedude

    What is up with people and guns; they are intended for nothing but killing people. You don’t wear them to look cool, shoot them for fun, or in Gilbert’s case, use them for props.
    I will never understand why Americans fight so hard to have guns to protect themselves, when it’s other people with guns they’re protecting themselves from.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton
  • Luke

    He’s only just realised there’s no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns?Wow..he’s more of an idiot than I thought.

  • michael scorn

    Who’s to say that LeBron didn’t hold that camera man at gun point to get that tape from last summer?

  • michael scorn

    At the end of the day, no one got shot, got hurt, or got robbed. I blame the security at the Verizon Center. Don’t they have metal detectors?

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Yeah Michael Scorn, it is the Verizon Center security’s fault 100%, because they should have known the 100+ millionaire would bring in three handguns. Man.

  • doyouwantmore

    There’s this thing in your constitution that says everyone should have guns so the government can’t control all the guns. The Founding Fathers put it in there because they had just freed themselves from a big government. The problem isn’t the law. The problem is the culture that no longer respects the law, or anything else.

  • nastierthanu

    Nothing to see here move along

  • tip of texas

    thats just stupid who cares that he’s a 100+ millionaire. if a taliban makes it to be an allstar he could blow up an arena?

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

    So, based on Gilberts own confession/ accounting – whats the chances that he does get a federal charge? could he go to jail? will his contract be ‘tore up’??
    will this actually be the thing that ironically saves the franchise money and gets them BACK to winning ways?
    To think that GIlbert saves the franchise without putting up a single shot.

  • German Reignman

    read what Karl Malone has to say on si. com …

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Myles wins.
    Best movie.
    Close the comments though please. You can guarantee more stupid insensitive posts are coming.

  • L

    James is ignorant and racist. Please can you post at some other website..L

  • tavoris

    @litetitan…since he’s cooperating, he’s unlikely to get jail time. He’s gonna get a hefty suspension tho, and the Wiz ownership will try mightily to void that contract too (even tho the PA has already said they will fight that vigorously).

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    For the life of me I can’t understand why these million dollar pro athletes would even think about touching a weapon after seeing the Burress ordeal go down. C’mon Son!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    One of the rumors is that Wizards knew about the guns for a long time. They were aware that Arenas was keepign them in his locker, which makes sense given the fact the team staff has access to that locker in order to keep it clean and supplied with certain stuff. So, if the Wizards knew about the guns it’s not like he had them there without their permission.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lots of people own guns. I don’t see why having money would make you not want to own guns. It should just make you more aware of the gun laws in your area and more serious about following them.
    It’s stupid for the media and others to push abstinence from weapons for rich athletes, when we see how many other “regular” Americans own and use guns. If I was rich, I would make it my business to be highly aquainted with weapons.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    @Ali – SEAN TAYLOR is all that people should need to know about why million dollar athletes own guns

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Burress is a complete moron – thats the only way to look at that situation