Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 8:00 am  |  28 responses

Gilbert Arenas Describes the Gun Incident

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The artist formerly known as Agent Zero sat down with Esquire, and opened up about the fateful night his life and career changed forever.

During the interview, Gil is once again the candid, funny and open character we had grown accustomed to over the years. And his description of the events is as absurd as one might expect.

If you haven’t already, you really should read the whole thing — it’s fascinating — but here’s a taste:

I put my four guns in my backpack so nobody could see them. I wrote the note: “Pick one.” Put the guns on a chair where Javaris would find them. I go in the training room where he was. I can see him — “What’s this? What’s this?”

“You said you were gonna shoot me in my knee. I’m giving you the guns to do it.”

“I don’t need you to give me nothing. I’ve got my own gun.” He pulls one out and puts the clip in. That’s when some of the other players are saying, Man, I gotta get out of here. But then he puts his earphones in and starts singing. So I pick my guns up. From there, everything settled down. He goes into the Jacuzzi. You know what? I gotta warm my knee up anyway. I go in and sit with him. We’re just sitting in there talking. We didn’t have no problem. It was just some fun that got out of control.

Simply amazing. SNL needs to re-create that Jacuzzi scene immediately.

There’s no telling where Gilbert’s life and career will end up, but I’m glad to see that he hasn’t lost his knack for storytelling.

Whether or not that will actually count for anything going forward, remains to be seen.

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  • Ken

    As a Wizards fan, this still makes me sad. We got nothing back in return for getting rid of our team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jskcknit JSKCKNIT

    Glad to see Gil is taking the whole incident seriously. Then again, when you blow over $60M over a stupid act, I guess its best to just laugh it off to maintain sanity.

  • http://jdfkslld.com Jukai

    He still doesn’t realize how awful this situation was. He really doesn’t get it.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Get off his sack! Nobody was injured. We’ve got more important things to worry about in this country than whether a pampered athelete realizes how serious playing around with guns is. He lost his money what more do you want, his first born?

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    Big deal thank you yknot the man didnt shoot anyone probably didnt even have 1 in the head do your lil year come back gil

  • kobesbestfriend

    why is he giving interviews like this?where is his publicist?doesnt he realize he can go 2 jail 4 this and his sentencing is right around the corner?damn it agent 6 grow up!the wiz need need u back!abe pollin is rolling over in his grave!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    he should talk about it, to let people see that he’s sorry. that’s how pr works. i’m not sure how much he has accomplished that, but it’s hard to judge someone’s thoughts and feelings. for all we know, this is just how he deals with it.

  • MikeC.

    Provided Gil doesn’t do any jail time over this, the enforced year off is probably good for him since Gil doesn’t seem capable of taking time off to recover from all those knee surgeries. Being suspended for most of the season will allow his knee to get to as close to 100% as it can be. Sucks for the Wiz that their team got blown up, but it wasn’t going anywhere anyway. Could have been worse. Could have been a team going nowhere, capped out, and paying Gil all that money to keep having knee surgeries. Sounds kinda like NY pre-Walsh with Allan Houston playing the Gil role, but no good character guys to root for.

  • Yesse

    Well im glad he told the truth.

  • MikeC.

    Just read the whole article. Dude had over 400 guns? Either he’s an avid collector, or he’s been reading The Zombie Survival Guide and is getting himself ready.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/03/gilbert-arenas-describes-the-gun-incident/ oinestep

    the media (once again) made it bigger than it was……almost like janet with her boobie out for a sec…….nobody would have even given a second thought without the media over saturation.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    I hope this version of the story is the exact same as what he told Stern and the investigators. I’m surprised his attorney ‘let’ him do this interview.

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    WTF is Gil doing talking to reporters and giving interviews! Damn clown, sit your a** down somewhere and let law run it’s course. If anyone of ya’ll have been in trouble with the law you know you get a lawyer, give your statement, and shut the f*** up after that. And to think this cat is representing the City of Angels…Get em’ Ed Lover… C’mon Son! getdaf***outtaherewitdatbullshi*

  • Buschfire

    Ali who really careS? let him do what he do.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Ali, you seem like an angry young man. Anyway, it’s not like he gave a lot of interviews since he was suspended by the NBA. Let the man speak his mind, let him tell his story.

  • The Philosopher

    Gunz!!! Hammerz!!! Bulletz!!! Kevlar!!! Rikers!!! 50!!!

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Clown. Straight up clown. Another example of people that have the world by the b***s, but are still dumb as a tree stump.

  • Rich

    When oh when are we going to find out what song Crittendon was singing? I can’t be the only one who wants to know this detail…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He made a very stupid mistake.. Like all of us have… The most important thing is to learn from it…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    hes very lucky to not have to serve any jail time (yet??) Jail effing SUCKS…

  • ENDS

    ^ Warning by the Notorious B.I.G. Damn why these playays wanna stick me for paper…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ MikeC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    After reading this, I have a feeling that Javaris will have to continue his basketball career overseas. Just a wild guess.

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

    Laughed out loud at MikeC’s 10.30 comment as well.

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    Gerard Himself…Not angry bro, just my passionate 2 cents concerning another idiot athlete we all thought knew better. One interview is one to many, but that’s the way of our crazy world these days. Anything to get some shine. 111mil, 6 yrs! Your telling me he couldn’t find something better to do with his money and time.

  • erich

    Jakuzi scene actors:
    Dave Chapelle is Javaris
    Charlie Murphy is Gilbert
    And for everybody that asks why he is giving such an interview.
    It’s because you read it.

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  • The Philosopher

    Bodiezz!!!!!!!! Jail for life!!!!!!! Thatz what I NEED!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t NEED no money PARTNA!!!!!!!!!