Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 4:09 pm  |  38 responses

Gilbert Arenas Sentenced to 30 Days in Halfway House

by Ryne Nelson

For packin’ heat in the locker room, Gilbert Arenas was…

• suspended indefinitely (50 games in ’09-10).
• threatened with voiding his $80 million contract.
• disallowed from working out in the Wizards’ facility.


• “sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house, 18 months suspended sentence, two years of probation, 400 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.” (NBC Washington)

The D.C. Examiner reported that Gilbert “didn’t comment but had a quick grin when asked as he entered if he was prepared to go to jail.”

If that wasn’t the quintessential Arenas before his foreboding sentence, nothing is. He can still ball…don’t be foolish. Arenas knows he’ll be playing for someone’s favorite team next year.

And fans will be cheering him on when his worst nightmare is finally over.

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  • namik

    About the best that could be expected I guess. Really hope he gets his sh*t together now, both in basketball and life. One thing that Kobe etc have already proved is that everyone (almost) loves a winner.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    Free Gilberto!

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

    Gil caught a major break today and his excellent lawyer blindsided the prosecution during the hearing by commenting/providing evidence that Crittenton and Arenas have exchanged numerous phone calls and texts in the past three months, helping paint a picture that they’re still friends and that the incident was a prank gone horribly wrong. Shock and awe.

  • The Philosopher

    Gunz! Hammerz! Bullets! Kevlar! 50!

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to John “Hot Plate” Williams.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Wow. I hope Gil knows how lucky he is.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    Always the same thing .. justice for poors and justice for rich ….

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Glad that’s finally over. Will this be the last thread on this case? (Probably not..lol)

  • hillbilly

    Keep ya head up, Gil. Evryt’ing gon’ be irie.
    BTW…That gray pinstripe is 100% badasssss! Love the cut.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign fredd two times. Seriously, this preferential treatment for celebrities (especially athletes… I mean come on!) is ridiculous. Absolutely f*cking ridiculous.
    Now, I don’t h@te Gilbert Arenas and I honestly don’t care how much jail time he gets, but this is one of many instances where a rich and especially famous man can buy his way out of the full prison time.
    The American justice system is a lot better than in most nations of the world, but this type of crap happens everywhere.

  • http://philaflava.blogspot.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m still not used to typing in links!

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Brad Long.
    Please get it together, Gil. If not for yourself, do it for the kids.

  • TyMo

    What the heck is a halfway house?

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

    I’ve said this before, and I understand these days you can’t take this risk, but I would love it if SLAM would do a Gilbert cover, like they did with Artest. Sadly enough, in times like these it probably won’t sell, but if anyone could do it, it’s SLAM.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Gilbert got off, he should have been made an example of like Burress. Waving guns around and joking doesn’t mix, who cares if he was playing a trick. This trick should have been made someones treat. Come on you have a gun and get away with it. Burress lawyers sucked, plus what if one of the guns did have a bullet in it. Doesn’t make sense, its not like Gilbert is going to lead a team anywhere, he is nothing but a shoot first, I want to be the man player. Ship the zero to jail.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    @Teddy-the-Bear … yes, i’m like you, i don’t hate him and wish no one to go to jail but … the Justice should be something sacred and respected … we agree …

  • Mike

    Well, he must be real concered about that $5,000 fine.

  • T-Money

    When the dust settles, Gil is going to wear #6 for the Wiz and score 25+ ppg and everybody will be happy. No matter what everybody says, entertainers can get away with anything as long as they can entertain. Be it recording music or scoring baskets.

  • Leon

    Anyone who thinks he got preferential treatment is terribly misguided. The judge, who is known around DC as being fair, but strong in his belief of the judicial system, is extremely well-respected. Secondly, half of the defendants in the same boat have done jail time, and half have not, so it going either way is right on par. Thirdly, Lonny Baxter was SHOOTING his gun blocks from the White House and only got 90 days. You think Gil’s offense is anywhere near that? Lastly, if any of you guys don’t live in either the District, or NY, you really need to silence yourselves, because it would’ve been a misdemeanor in your state. If anything, the fact he was looking at jail time had everything to do with him being famous. And that $5,000 fine definitely hurts sitting beside the over 10 mil he lost, this year alone. People in Dc know, he’s done more for this city than any athlete I can ever remember. Okay, I’m off my soapbox now.

  • Fat Lever

    For those of you that think Gil got off easy, try to view this with a little perspective. First of all, the guns in his possession WERE NOT LOADED. You want jail time for someone who is carrying unloaded handguns? Also, he lost probably upwards of 10 mil in salary and existing and potential endorsements. Yes, it was his fault for being a moron, but for those of yall screaming he should have gotten jail time for this are not viewing the total picture.

  • JoeMaMa

    gilbert played a bad prank and got 30 days. Shaq banged his fiancee and got a cheeseburger. No justice…

  • k.a.

    nice post leon. Way to easy to politicize this issue and glad to hear the good news. Hope gil turns it around.

  • The Philosopher

    I’m not sure on this point, but I don’t think Arenas has a prior criminal record. If one doesn’t have a prior criminal record, the penal system tends to procure the “slap on. The wrist” type of deal. But if he gets in any kind of trouble outside of minor traffic violations…especially while on probation…

  • underdog

    Plus, he’s lost his adidas contract.

  • David

    @Tymo – I think that means he gets taken away from his family and someone else might come and adopt him.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    @Leon, okay good you have arguments … but whatever …. 5000 bucks for someone who owns millions is ridiculous .. i don’t ask him to pay millions, but come on 5000 … by the way, it’s not Gil … it’s the system … for the ” it was not loaded ” … to me it’s the same, … the fact is people are losing confidence in the Justice … period … but okay, maybe no need to inject a lot of political views in this one ….

  • Ronald

    @Fredd, you can’t arbitarily hand out fines/jail time unless precedents dictate that the Judge has free rein on the sentencing. I am sure the Judge took into consideration sentencing tariffs and precedents of the same nature. In the eyes of the law the Judge cannot dwell too much on the offenders means because the sentencing is not based on a means test but from previous precedents. Giving him a large fine because of his means would create an uproar in the legal field. And the whole it doesn’t matter if its not loaded goes to the mental state of the offender, it is evidence that he did not intent to shoot anyone therefore its a large consideration and you cant just brush it off like that

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    @Ronald, you’re right in what you said … so … i agree … and in a way i say i want the same justice for everyone, but also i was thinking maybe he should pay more than 5000 bucks cos’ he has a lot of money … so it was a lil contradiction on my side … in the end, all we can hope is that he wasn’t a bad example / influence on some of his fans … and that he’ll be on a better track in his life and career …

  • ConeyIslander

    The “Golden rule” strikes again, he who has the gold makes the rules. Welcome to America.

  • J Gamble

    He also didn’t have the mayor of DC calling for him to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law..a la Plaxico, who is rotting right now.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    This is NOT the only instance of the “judicial” system favoring an athlete. J.R. Smith was drunk driving (definitely not his first offense) and killed his best friend (RIP). He did a mere THREE MONTHS in prison (where I’m sure he was treated like a celebrity) and got out just in time for the SEASON to start. That doesn’t seem like preferential treatment? Utter bullsh!t is what it is.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Coneyislander did you come up with that quote? Man that is a fantastic quote. Whoa.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    It remains to be seen if Washington want him back there – they have removed all signs of the former team with Butler and Jamison out. I don’t think they’ll want him there, whether or not he stays. This remains to be seen.

  • Ronald

    @Teddy: Before you call the judicial system biased did you do any research on any cases involing facts/circumstances similar to JR’s case? Or are you just saying that based on what you feel? You’d be suprised high the threshold to view driving causing death to be viewed as outright manslaughter/murder is and how often the courts are reluctant to hand out sentences of a large nature. I know many cases where ordinary people got away with a fine +short jailtime for killing more than one person while recklessly driving.

  • Ronald

    And honestly, in the case of JR any bias/prejudice would be against him. His attitude/demeanour isn’t favourable and he does piss people off.

  • Chang

    Gilbert seems to not take stuff seriously but he needs to with this.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Judges have the right to consider mitigating circumstances when sentencing someone. If it wasn’t for Gil’s previous gun charge there wouldn’t have been any chance of him going to jail. Gil was only found guilty of having the guns in D.C., NOT having any loaded guns or even pointing them at somebody. He lost millions in salary and current/future endorsements (which is a lot more loss than likely anybody posting on this site). So, to me the additional legal penalty seems ‘fair’. The prosecution was only pushing for 90 days in jail – the defense didn’t think any jail time or confinement was necessary. So the sentence favored the defense position but not a coup by any means. The only thing I think in all fairness should have been added to the sentence is that Gil should have to reimburse the district for the cost of the investigation, trial and the half-way house cost. But maybe that’s not permisible under this jurisdiction.

  • Rikson

    I think rolemodels should be judged harder than “usual” people… Keeping this in mind the judgement wasnt enough IMO.