Friday, January 1st, 2010 at 6:29 pm  |  87 responses

Report: Arenas and Crittenton Pulled Guns on Each Other

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

When the public at large learned that Gilbert Arenas had inexplicably stored guns in his locker room at the Verizon Center, I made the bad (but requisite) joke that Gil just wanted to be ready when his team became the Washington Bullets again.

Little did I know at the time that actual gun play took place in the Wizards’ locker room. At least that‘s what the New York Post is reporting today. Thankfully, actual bullets weren’t involved.

Here is the absolutely insane story:

NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washing ton Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team’s locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute over a gambling debt, The Post has learned.

League sources say the pistol-packing point guards had heaters at the ready inside the Verizon Center, the Washington, DC, home of the Wizards — whose name was changed from the Bullets over gun violence concerns. It was the three-time all-star Arenas, 27, who went for his gun first, sources said, drawing on the 22-year-old Crittenton, who quickly brandished a firearm as well.

The duel in DC — unprecedented in sports history — was sparked when Crittenton became enraged at the veteran guard for refusing to make good on a gambling debt, a source said. “I’m not your punk!” Crittenton shouted at Arenas, according to a league source close to the Wizards. That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources said.

A playground pal of Crittenton’s from Atlanta, Kendrick “Bookie Ball” Long, confirmed the locker-room standoff and said he learned of it directly from the third-year player out of Georgia Tech. “He [Arenas] was f- – -ing with him; he [Crittenton] was just defending himself!” declared Long, who said the dispute was over money but would not elaborate.

As if the crippling hangover from the festivities last night wasn‘t bad enough; now we gotta try and wrap our minds around this. Yikes.

For his part, Arenas doesn‘t appear to be too concerned about any of this, as he Twitters away like a maniac.

Much more on this on Monday, obviously.

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  • rav

    anyone remember those dave chappelle ‘keeping it real’ skits? this could so easily be one of them

  • Joe King


  • juanbatugan2

    innocent until proven guilty.

  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net Flashback

    If this story is true both these mofo’s should AT LEAST be suspended for the remainder of the season. If not you can start counting the days when one of these “Media Gangstas” actually shoots someone.

  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net Flashback

    or is that Studio Gangstas? None the less, these are two stupid assholes who might ruin the existing fanbase.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Dang, They must really want to be called the “Bullets” again.

  • James

    this probably isn’t true at all

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers


  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    and javal mcgee cause were out of shot blocking centers…

  • http://www.illoz.com/michaelcho/?section=portfolios&gallery_id=1198 M Cho

    Peter Vecsey ‘broke’ this story, so I think I’ll wait until I get some better corroboration before I condemn anyone. It also seems to come from only one source – this friend of Crittenton’s. Where are the eyewitness accounts by players/people who were actually there? This just sounds like typical Post ‘reporting’.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    There is only one way to settle this:

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Seriously though, Imma whip out my semi-automatic machine pun.
    1. First time in Gilbert’s entire career he’s passed up the opportunity to shoot.
    2. Gil’s known for busting caps – salary and otherwise.
    3. I don’t know why Javaris felt the need to pull his own gun, everybody knows that Arenas can’t shoot under pressure.
    4. Gil never had anything to fear. Javaris can’t shoot.
    5. Shaq offered to protect Arenas’ fiance with blank shotgun shells.

  • Kas

    haha Anton, good ish. but seriously, gun law in america is insane. no one needs to own a hand gun, unless one is a gangster or a cop.

  • Mack


  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Kas:Here’s the problem. Most law abiding citizens who own guns do so for there own protection from the people who do break the law and aren’t really concerned with any type of gun ban. It’s not like the U.S. can pass a law telling everyone to turn in there guns and Paublo Escobar is gonna call his coke dealers up and tell them, “Make sure you remember to turn in your semiautomatics!”. So if a ban is put in place the only people it really effects are the people who had them for the right reasons in the first place.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Right. And so there’s the answer to my question of “Why were authorities involved in someone keeping their guns at work?” Because they were playing cowboys and indians in the lcker room, that’s why the authorities were called.

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    i wonder how much $$bread$$ they were arguing about??

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    The NBA: Where Amazing Happens

  • The D Train

    also: Anton, I bow to you. Classic stuff, man.

  • Michael Scorn

    This isn’t news unless a gun was actually fired. I’m never impresseda t gun waving. Anyone can do that.

  • Michael Scorn

    The keeping it real and busting caps were the two best jokes.

  • The D Train

    try to post…says duplicate post, yet post does not appear. totally sweet…

  • The D Train

    this makes Oakley b-slappin’ Tyrone Hill over an unpaid debt seem tame by comparison. reminds me of the Chris Rock bit about Ike Turner compared to OJ

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Exactly what Brad said.

  • Shem

    HAHA, they ll both be suspended and the wizards will be starting MIKE JAMES! hahah this is too good

  • The D Train

    This makes Oakley b-slappin’ Tyrone Hill over an unpaid debt seem tame by comparison. Reminds me of the Chris Rock bit about Ike Turner compared to OJ…

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Gilbert:”There’s no damn way that an NBA team traded Pau Gasol for you and Kwame Brown.”

    Jarvis:”Wanna put money on it?”

  • d.j.

    “from an nba all star to getting r*ped in prison…
    another example of -when keeping it real goes wrong-”

  • davidR

    all comments for posts in 2k10 should resemble the ones in this post

  • d.j.

    from an nba all star and a millionaire to getting r*ped in jail.. another example of “when keeping it real goes wrong”….

  • robb

    So ghetto…

  • luv2ball

    Ummmm I am sorry but I can not, and I repeat can not trust a source whose name is “Bookie Ball”.

    I guess the post has gone the way of Fox news…

  • Shaft

    Brad, sorry, but “law abiding citizens who own guns for their own protection” just create a more dangerous atmosphere.
    Nothing more. It only exacerbates the problem.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Shaft: Yeah, look how well the strict gun laws have worked in Mexico…
    oh wait…

  • The D Train

    This makes Oakley slappin’ Tyrone Hill over an unpaid debt seem tame by comparison. Reminds me of the Chris Rock bit about Ike Turner compared to OJ.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Yeah shaft so lets ban guns and you and me and everyone who respects laws will turn ours in. Meanwhile every criminal will keep theirs and we will be f*cked. Great plan. In a perfect world no one would have guns and that would be great but in the meantime since outlaws are arming themselves with semi automatic weapons , upstanding citizens keeping a pistol in the nightstand shouldn’t raise any eyebrows.

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

    Just so people are aware, when questioned about it, Gil said it wasn’t true and that he was considering filing a lawsuit against the Post.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    In fairness, we should have realized Arenas was armed and dangerous when he pulled a gun on that cab driver in that commercial

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

    this isnt fair that Anton gets to use photobucket links. I never had that ability back when i was in my prime. Good stuff though, it provide the lolz

  • Marvin

    Just saw the ESPN news segment on this story and Arenas go to prison for a minimum of five years. Wow, that’s scary and disheartening, Arenas should have known better. I really like him as a player and his spirit. I’m officially F’ed in my fantasy league.

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

    My first post disappeared. But to sum things up:
    1. Bookie Ball and unnamed (made up?) sources are the 2 things keeping this story alive
    2. Peter Vecsey is the king of reporting bs.
    3. This is too funny/sad to be true

    I call bs. But if Gilbert Arenas seriously did this, along with Shaq stealing his girl, and him forgetting how to play for most of the season so far proves that anyone can fall off and fall hard.

  • doyouwantmore

    (If this story is true) I will be disgusted if whoever drew first gets to play one more minute or spend one more dollar of NBA money. Who else can draw a gun on a co-worker and still work for their organization even one more day?

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

    Marvin, Arenas hasnt been sentenced to any prison time. Their hasnt been any proof this is real, any charges filed, and court case involving Gilbert. What 5 years are you talking about?

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

    This was on Gil’s twitter: “i wake up this morning and seen i was the new JOHN WAYNE..lmao media is too funny”

  • Michael Scorn

    This is where we need Michael Scorn to make it into a three way stand off.

  • Marvin

    BETCATS, I’m truly hoping that these are just allegations and none of this has happened, but this whole situation is just damn crazy. For this situation to be even possible shows a lack of character on both sides.

  • Yesse

    Nuts!This could even mean jail time for both.No wonder why the team is having problems at the moment.

  • LA Huey

    delonte would take them both

  • underdog

    If this story is true… it’s not funny at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    @Jukai: Yeah, look how well the strict gun laws have worked in Mexico…oh wait…
    One could argue it did work in Australia.

  • horsey

    wow. hard to believe, but if Bookie Ball said it…

  • tavoris

    if these dudes had bodyguards & PR people (like Jordan), stuff like this wouldnt happen. I’m sure 111 mil can buy a lot of damage control. Heck, I’m sure Javaris’s contract can buy damage conrol.

  • shizzle

    why do they have guns in the locker?why do they have guns anyway?if this would happen in europe,u would be banned for life!

  • nastierthanu

    Another case of the “ABM”. Angry black millionaire

  • echoes

    we’re comparing the us to mexico now?

    If you defend the catastrophic gun law policy you got in the us with the fact that criminals will always have guns, then I have no trouble understanding the kind of problems your country are having.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    wouldnt b surprised if they get banned the rest of the season or something on some ron artest sh*t…or some mike vick ish…..

  • Nawlins Realest.

    just another case that shows me that a lot of these NBA players are idiots, and it is very likely they would be unemployed and broke if they wouldnt play ball.

  • JD

    If Arenas doesn’t get a seasons ban 4 this, it’ll B stupid, i don’t even no Y people can buy guns in the US

  • echoes

    Agent Zero – with a license to kill.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers


  • BostonBaller

    If Gil is on your fantasy team blame the Post for reporting an “alleged” incident. lol. As far as this being a non story b/c shots were not fired is idiotic. Two grown men (in age only) who make a heck of a lot of money pulling guns on each other is sad and a slap on the wrist will not due. They PLAY a sport and get paid well, if this happens in the corporate world they would get fired and charges would be filed. Shaq better be ware if there is any truth to his “relations” with Gils gold digger. hhhmmm

  • Simon Fuller

    Shizzle’s post at 10:05am is pretty much the rub to me. Assume the Post has made up the story about guns being brandished. Assume that the only part of the story that is true is that Arenas was storing unloaded guns in a locked compartment in his locker, which has been confirmed by the Wizards and Arenas, agreeing he used “poor judgment”. Well, what possible excuse can he have for doing that? None. It is inexcusable. He couldn’t have bought two separate safes at his house, stored his guns in one, the ammo in another? If Arenas is guilty only of what has been admitted to, then a lengthy suspension and fine can be expected from Stern, if not the Wizards.

    And if the rest of the story is all garbage, as has been mentioned, how did the Wizards find out about Arenas’ guns in his locker? Did he forget his combination and need the janitor to come and open it for him? Also, you can joke all you like about the credibility of ‘Bookie Ball’, but aside from his statement, there would be no mention of Crittenton. If he really wanted to make something up, why not make something up that doesn’t get his friend in deep trouble?

  • Jonny C

    @echoes: why you gotta be like that? my country wouldnt exist if the right to bear arms never existed. and guess what? gun laws in mexico have indeed had disasterous results. maybe they work in australia, but thats because its a different culture there, and also how many people even live in australia? i dont know why some europeans gotta be so d@mn snobby like your doing.

  • Simon Fuller

    One more point. Arenas is still on the books for what, four years and $80 million? Something tells me the Pollins and the Wizards front office wouldn’t be too devastated if his contract were voided.

  • Ronald

    @Jonny C: Urm…its extremely sad that you believe that the existence of the USA is dependant on an archaic right to bear arms. And the “australian” european isn’t being snobbish. He is pointing out the truth. There are so many examples on how gun restriction actually does work.

    But back to Arenas… I hope nothing happens. I’m sure this story has been blown out of porportion.

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    @JonnyC “my country wouldnt exist if the right to bear arms never existed.”
    Not real sure about the accuracy of your national history.

  • LBJ23

    i herd some really dum things from gilbert but by for the strangest thing to pull a gun on each other about how much they owed each other. long story short this is just stupid.

  • LBJ23

    i herd some really dum things from gilbert but by for the strangest thing to pull a gun on each other about how much they owed each other. long story short this is just stupid.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    @Ronald and Dave…
    you guys have completely missed johnny c’s point. u guys are either simply un-american or jus plain not american. (or naive). our right to bear arms comes DIRECTLY from the american revolution where our guns, and our skill with guns gave us freedom. a freedom that was never given, but fought for in turn afforded us a right to protect ourselves, by any means. that right in turn gave us generations upon generations protecting the world! not that we are world police…but thats another story. this is not to say arenas n critterdon should be afforded that right ANYMORE! yo trust me it takes one dumb mistake to throw your life away. they just may have on this one.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    why do ppl always try to take our guns away? anytime someone mentions guns there are stupid ppl cryin about…’oh we are so barbaric!’ ‘ohh we be shootin n killin everybody’ people are funny…lol. but anyways…arenas…’u know u done f*cked up riite?’ lol

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

    ***shakes head***

  • MikeC.

    We always knew Arenas was a shoot-first point guard. (I can’t believe nobody beat me to that one)

  • MikeC.

    @GametimeWeezy – in my opinion, there is no reason for people anywhere to own handguns, outside of law enforcement and military personnel. If you live in an area where you have animals that might come eat you, or crack heads that might come eat you, then sure, own a rifle. A rifle can be used for home protection. Hand guns are a tool for killing people. That being said, guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people. Lord help us if bears ever figure out how to use guns. A bear with a gun. Nature’s greatest killing machine.

  • MikeC.

    @Gametime – in regards to your 10:37 post: the right to bear arms in America comes from the British laws of the time restricting American colonials from owning any weapons other than hunting rifles. The Brits knew trouble was brewing in the colonies and didn’t want to have to fight against a pissed off and well-armed populace, so they attempted to restrict weapon ownership. They hoped that their soldiers would be the best-armed and most disciplined force and would whip butt if a revolution started. What they didn’t take into consideration was that many colonial civilians had loads of rifles and short guns hidden under floor boards and haystacks getting ready for ish to jump off. When the American Revolution concluded with the Brits saying “Damn, we might have won this thing if the French hadn’t stuck their noses in”, and rolled out, the framers of the new Constitution wanted to make sure that there were armed and trained militias to call on should the Brits ever come back. At this point in time, with the best professional military in the world, needing well-armed civilians seems a little unnecessary.

  • http://myspace kenneth chavis

    well i guess gilbert arenas is really a gunner…

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

    Who the hell is Javaris Crittenton?

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

    MikeC. Posted: Jan.3 at 11:05 am
    We always knew Arenas was a shoot-first point guard. (I can’t believe nobody beat me to that one)
    If you think your joke was the first using Gilbert’s shoot first mentality then you cannot read.

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    @Gametimeweezy: You said it yourself. The freedom wasn’t given to you. The ‘right to bear arms’ was established in the constitution, which was only laid down after the revolution. If Americans had relied upon a constitutionally established right, the revolution would never have happened.
    Ergo, claiming that the ‘right to bear arms’ is cause of the existence of the USA is just totally wrong.
    The cultural impact of the perception that it is, however, is fairly obvious in this article and the comments in this post.

  • VA

    Well as a wizards fan I can only say one thing…. lets hope he gets suspended, and we lose alotta games, get lucky in the lottery… And get John Wall

  • MikeC.

    @litetitan – since the term “shoot first point guard” is thrown around a great deal to describe scoring point guards like Arenas, I made the reference using the specific term “shoot first point guard”. I did not say that I was the first one to reference Arenas shooting a lot while comparing it to the issue with guns. If that’s what you took from my statement, then I suggest you learn to read.
    Everyone who posts here that is at least functionally literate, raise your hand. I don’t mean to start any fights. First we’ll raise our hands, then we’ll fight.

  • MikeC.

    @ VA – I don’t think Arenas needs to get suspended for the Wiz to lose a lot of games. That seems to be taking care of itself organically.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    @Mike C and Dave. good points. well u actually proved MY points, but anyways. i never said the right to bear arms caused americas existence. i was jus sticking up for my rights. we cant have guns anymore because of dumb ass ppl like arenas? yea right

  • MikeC.

    @Gametime – sticking up for your rights is great. As it currently stands, you have the right to bear arms. What would be interesting would be if you took that to mean that you literally have the right to bear arms and demanded that you have your human arms removed and replaced with the front legs of a bear, giving you bear arms. I’ve been drinking for awhile and this tickled my funny bone.
    The right to own guns is such a sticky thing to talk about. I’m Canadian, and in Canada our idiotic government passed legislation that every gun must be registered with the federal government. That would make sense if the guns being registered were pistols, but they demanded that even small caliber hunting rifles be registered. It was such a clusterfvck of wasted money and manpower that the entire program collapsed on itself. I can argue both sides of the gun ownership point as I think pistols are made strictly to kill people as they have no use in hunting, but I think lots of people have a need for rifles to protect themselves. Education and training is what is required to properly use firearms. Ooh. Firearms. That’s even better than bear arms.

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  • heartlandG

    it was for $60,000

  • Jonny C

    you people who think u know $hit about america when your from australia really dont know a thing. if the only people allowed to own guns was really just police and military, then it would be easy to end up living in police state, or a military government. who really wants that?

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

    @MikeC – So your endeavouring to say, in a fashion that your reference/joke/pun about Arenas and the SPECIFIC phrase ‘we always knew he was a shoot first point guard’ was new in that no one made that specific comment. Thats true, sure enough – BUT the meaning of the pun had well and truly been established and my simple dig was at the late timing of your quip. If you think I need to learn to read your sorely mistaken.