Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 11:45 am  |  51 responses

Gilbert Arenas Details Gun Incident in the Washington Wizards’ Locker Room

Gilbert Arenas has happily begun to write a new basketball chapter in Memphis, and he understandably doesn’t like to revisit the darker moments of his NBA career. However, he did clarify what took place in the Wizards’ locker room on that fateful day that forever changed his life and the course of the Washington franchise. From USA Today: “Arenas spent 30 days in a halfway house after being convicted on gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation Dec. 21, 2009, with then-Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton. Arenas also had to perform 400 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine. He was suspended for 50 games without pay for 2009-10 by NBA Commissioner David Stern. What Arenas says are misconceptions of what happened in that locker room still bother him. ‘No one actually saw a gun in my hand at all. … I was not pulling a gun on anyone. That’s actual fact,’ he says. Arenas, 30, had previously declined to go into great detail. This is what he says happened: Then-Wizards center JaVale McGee had beaten Crittenton out of $1,100 in a card game. Wizards guard Earl Boykins loaned McGee $200. McGee didn’t immediately pay back Boykins as he won the money and an argument blossomed. Arenas says he wasn’t involved in the actual bet. ‘Pay the man his (expletive) money. You’ve got all my money,’ Arenas says Crittenton shouted at McGee. ‘So I jumped in, ‘Why you talking to your teammates like this? We family.’ That’s when (Crittenton) started coming at me, ‘(Expletive, racial slur), just because you got all money, this and this and this.’ That’s when we started going back and forth. I didn’t owe him anything. It was over a $1,100 pot he just lost.’ Arenas pauses and sighs when asked how the situation escalated to the point of guns. ‘Someone said they were going to shoot me. So since I’m one of those guys who says, ‘I want to see this happen. I want to see you actually shoot me,’ that’s where that came from,’ says Arenas, declining to mention that someone by name. ‘I brought the four guns in and said (in a note), ‘Pick 1, so the day you want to shoot me let me know, I’ll be ready to get shot.’ That’s how.’ According to a D.C. Superior Court document from Jan. 15, 2010: Several witnesses agree that during an argument on a Dec. 20, 2009, flight from Phoenix to Washington, Arenas threatened to shoot Crittenton in the face and set his Escalade on fire and that Crittenton threatened to shoot Arenas in the knee. The document further details that witnesses saw Arenas lay out his firearms in front of Crittenton’s locker and that Crittenton brought out his own. […] Last August, Crittenton was arrested and charged with shooting from an SUV and killing a 23-year-old mother of four in Atlanta. She was walking with two men, according to police, including one who allegedly had robbed Crittenton of $55,000 in jewelry. Crittenton has yet to go to trial. Arenas, who says he spoke with Crittenton about one year ago, wouldn’t go into exactly what Crittenton did in the locker room because of the pending trial his former teammate faces.”

(h/t: CSTB)

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  • bike

    Dear Gilbert, this explaination is not going to help you at all. Forever shut up about this.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    This is the same story he told from the jump. This isn’t the first time he explained what happened.
    All of it sounds believable, and actually pretty normal when dealing with silly men with loads of money.
    Cats got their feelings hurt and started puffing up and being tough. The real issue was the gambling allowed and sanctioned by the NBA teams and the potential problems that might arise. It happens all the time in other fields as well.

  • Bruno

    the one who needs to shut up is you bike

  • cris

    lol nice answer


    if I just signed a 120m $ contract, why am I even having a conversation with second (mcgee) and 3rd string players. Arenas for a just a split moment forget that he was a top tier player and started playing with the kids on rookie contracts.

  • LA Huey

    This is what happens when there are no referees and cameras.

  • Lloyd

    Does anyone else find it weird that being convicted on gun charges only warrants a $5000 fine, but saying a referee is blind calls for 5 times that?

  • davidR

    strange world we live in, lloyd.
    also, javaris hasnt gone to trial yet? damn

  • @boweezy24

    Fasho ^

  • @boweezy24

    Oh Tht Was For lloyd

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    yeah trial is taking forever, what’s up with that. if he goes down, he will kill the prison league

  • @boweezy24

    Haha Kill The Prison League

  • bike

    Gils guns were empty, javaris had a loaded gun in his hand

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    $5000 fine from the federal government, not the League.
    The League fined him millions of dollars by suspending him for the season.
    He was carrying a gun improperly. He didn’t fire it and he wasn’t in New York. So he got a standard sentence.

  • smoove

    if he was smart he would keep this matter under a rug, but due to his past transgressions his simplicity has been established already

  • jdubbs29

    Jarvis just got drafted #1 by the San Quentin prison league. Word is that Folsom State Prison is trying to trade up though, so stay tuned…

  • patrick

    Anybody else find that incoherent? the details of the story imo…
    a) why did boykins loan mcgee $?
    b) why did crittendon ask mcgee for his money if, as it’s stated just above, that MCGEE won the bet?

  • T-Money

    allenp – i kinda disagree with you on that. the gambling incident and the collecting issues are pretty standard. but a teammate threatening to shoot another one? right there already that’s way beyond anything close to normal. and the other player daring him by bringign 4 of his guns? well that’s just psychotic. and as we learned later, javaris is probably not someone you should dare to shoot. i’m rarely on stern’s side but i would have been ok with him banning arenas and crittenton (who also brought a gun) for life.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    You think it was serious?
    I thought it went like this
    Javaris: “Why you bumming money off Boykins, didn’t you just bet me out of a stack? You a bum @ss n*gga.”
    Gilbert: “Why you counting that man’s money, just take that L like a man and move on. Stop whining. We family, why you trying to play him?”
    Javaris: “N*gga shut up before I come over there and shoot you in your bum @ss knee.”
    Gilbert “Shoot me in my knee and I’m a shoot you in you face and burn up that wack Escalade truck.”
    Javaris: “Keep talking and take me to play with. I ain’t no punk behinds mine.”
    Gilbert the next day “Here, I got four guns. Pick one and shoot me. I wish a n*gga would talk about shooting me.”
    Javaris “I don’t your gun, I got my own!” Waves weapon.
    Other Wizards have uncomfortable smirks on their faces.
    The end.
    This doesn’t seem far-fetched at all to me by the way. I’ve seen things escalate way, WAY too quickly when ego, money and easily accessible weapons are prevalent.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    Remember, Gilbert clearly seems like the type of cat to high side on teammates. Not in an arrogant evil way like Kobe, but he still seems like he would try to play dudes. Javaris is obviously extra sensitive and stupid.
    Recipe for disaster.

  • MikeC.

    The only good thing to come out of this is that I was able to get an authentic Arenas Bullets throwback crazy cheap on eBay.

  • MaxIsNative

    This was all Earl’s fault.

  • LA Huey

    MikeC, I would have thought it would have gone up in value. What a steal.

  • T-Money

    allen – i’m following you until “gilbert the next day”. that’s INSANE behaviour for a professional athlete.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    Although I understand why it’s CRAZY stupid, I just think it’s a case of people playing around and forgetting that guns are actually dangerous.
    I see it all the time on my job where people do stupid stuff with guns forgetting that they shoot bullets that maim and kill.

  • T-Money

    you know what, maybe it’s my canadian sensibility that’s colouring my perception of this particular incident. only criminals and hunters carry guns over here, it’s not normal or cool to have a gun permit.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “Canadian sensibility.” Is that like American sensibility or different?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Gilberts version of the story seems believeable to me and nobody (none of the players there) has said anything to contradict it – not even Javaris. He’s basically said the same story since day 1. I don’t excuse any of these guys, I’m sure there was laughter and taunting going on as nobody believed that anybody was going to shoot or get shot. I’ve been around ‘gun-play’ in HS when a friend told another he was going to shoot and all the other friend said was shoot me then and spread his arms like he was waiting to get shot. I didn’t think it was funny but some of the others around laughed and said you ain’t going to shoot anybody and then we just kept on playing. Guns aren’t anything to be played with but it happens, you get guys from relatively rough neighborhoods, give them money, plus ego, that’s a formula for gun play. I’m sure it’s not the first or last time a player has brought weapons into a lockerroom and I’m sure it’s not the first or last time a player said he would shoot another player nor was this the first or last time a player showed his weapon to another in either a threatening way (that nobody took seriously) or other. I think this was just the first time it was reported about and fined. A lot of stuff happens in lockerrooms and the players know how not to let it get outside of the lockerroom.

  • T-Money

    nupe: i think it could very well be the first and last time someone brought a gun to an nba lockerroom.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    I live in Louisiana and own two guns. And I live around folks who collect more guns than drawers.
    Totally different perspective. Having a gun isn’t shocking at all in America. Particularly not in the American South.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    I would be willing to bet money that Stephen Jackson has been strapped in the locker room before. Lots of money.


    incredible allenp. what do you need 2 guns for? man in Canada guns are so prohibited(smalls ones) you might go to jail by the thoughts of owning 1. Our countries are so different.

  • greg

    you have to be not be American to understand just how stupid this sounds

  • LA Huey

    MUBWAR, There are plenty of reasons for an American to own a firearm. We’ve got enough bad history with our neighbors and the authorities to entrust someone else to protect us. Especially, an African-American living in the South.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yeah it’s hard for most Canadians (myself included) to fathom widespread gun ownership. But it is what it is. Huey makes a good point too, which is also why I’m not strictly anti-gun. Actually in terms of people protecting themselves from racism and police brutality, I’m pro-gun.
    It’s funny though that conservatives seem to think gun control is distinctly liberal, when in reality the biggest neo-con nut job presidents like Ronald Reagan and even George Bush Sr. were anti-gun… Mainly because they didn’t like the idea of black people owning them. When Reagan was governor of California, he outlawed the carrying of firearms in public because the Black Panthers were exercising their rights.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Bahhhh, guns never hurt anyone..

  • LA Huey

    Wreckless people hurt themselves with guns. I support gun ownership but wish more people would take Ben Parker’s advice to heart if they’re going to keep firearms. I am unable to invest the appropriate amount of time for me to keep firearms responsibly at this time in my life, so I’ve yet to own one.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I have been around guns my whole life. My brothers were 15 and 16 when I was around 11 and my parents would take them to gun shows so they could trade their guns for different ones. We would come home as a family and set up targets against a backstop in my yard (10 acres on the out skirts of Seattle) and fire away. I liked it a little, but guns never entertained me like they did my brothers and father. I own 2 guns today and i’m in no way an enthusiast or a sportsman. Guns are many things.
    Security devices
    I realized at an early age that guns were not just one thing, but many.

    Everyone looks at a gun and sees something different. Are they bad? They can be. Are they inherently bad? No. My point? I don’t really have one. Except to show that Americans don’t just love shooting other people and that’s why we like guns. Most gun owners never plan to shoot anyone. One of my favorites: 250 million gun owning Americans didn’t kill anyone today. Ban a product that is overwhelmingly used appropriately by its owners? I think not.

  • bike

    Lakeshow with some great points. People kill people with cars, should all cars be banned? How about knives? The vast majority of guns are owned and used safely and legally. ..if you outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns.

  • Phil the thrill


  • yann

    I think every team should have a sniper to shoot long three pointers. Like each team got four bulletsand the ball would land on the hardwood.all. deflated

  • http://Slamonline Jimbo

    ^that seemed like a significant drop in intellegence from Lakeshow

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Smh Javaris gonna be on tha cover of The League basketball version when it come out. Damn shame


    To quote George washington- WHAT THE FU(K FU(K @$$ n*gga GILBERT ARENAS

  • Balls

    I’d think he make good friends with young Bynum if he had come to LA :)

  • Mike Mihalow

    That article reminds me of the old Jailblazers days.

  • xx_JOMOMMA_xx

    I brandished a firearm in arizona and its a mandatory 1-3 year sentence…
    how the fkuc do u get halfway house and community service which u never even did

    I learned on the real boys … dont pull the heater if you’re not gonna heat the ni**a up

  • Joe Black

    He have been better off if he just did what Michael Jordan did. Wait till practice, sneak up and coward punch your teammates when they aren’t expecting it.

  • Joe Black

    Criminals in Canada greatly support the anti-gun laws there.

  • Joe Black

    Provides a much safer work environment for them, w/ much less risk in their profession.

  • Sprucey

    Why are guys who are worth hundreds of thousands $’s getting hyped up over $1100