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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 1:40 pm  |  76 responses

Sources: Gil Had Hundreds of Guns

Oh, boy. Washington, DC radio station WTOP is reporting that: “the Washington Wizards’ star has—at times—owned several hundred guns. Multiple sources tell WTOP that Arenas moved those weapons out of his Virginia home within the past year, long before the incident at the Verizon Center. By all accounts, the guns in Arenas’ collection were legally owned, yet it’s unclear how many he actually owned or still owns.

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  • riggs

    so what?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Well. I hope they don’t make a big deal out of this. There’s absolutely nothing wrong in legally owning guns and enjoying them responsibly. What happened in the Wizards’ locker room is a separate and stupid issue.

  • Tommy Patron

    TMZ

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    TMZ just reported that Gil’s nipples were actually revolver’s.

  • LA Huey

    I wonder if his collection is more impressive than T.I.’s

  • J.D. Hastings

    Yeah, I’m not seeing the relevance, other than he has been in trouble because of something gun related and this is also gun related. Otherwise, we already knew he owned guns. If he moved these out of his home a long time ago it corroborates his story that he had the 4 in his locker room to get them out of the house. The number of guns he legally owned at one point means nothing.

  • Hussman25

    NEXT! Please… this story just keeps getting worse for Gil and is starting to become white noise to us… It’s time to move forward

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    This has nothing to do with what happened in the locker, unless you want ALL NBA players to not be able to own guns – which is ridiculous.

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

    dumb “story”. pointless

  • kh

    James the Balla made me laugh out loud

  • seppo

    Gilbert really seems to be a bad person. Some of the pranks he has played on his teammates could be considered a crime. And now we learn that he used to own hundreds of guns. In my opinion he is a evil person.

  • http://hibachi20.blospot.com DP

    Just wait until another athelete fuggs up. This will blow over.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    T.I’s arsenal was most certainly fatter than Gil’s. I mean, have you seen pictures of it or read about it? Looked and sounded like T.I was trying to raise up his own army.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Meh, none of their aresenals compare to the good ol’ boys down here in Louisiana.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    There’s nothing wrong with collecting guns if that’s your cup of tea and they’re legally owned. Not news-worthy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alan Paul

    I hate guns and their glorification. Really do.

  • O

    “Remember Pun? The one with over a THOUSAND guns…”

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Alan: So do I but that’s not relevant. There are lots of things that I don’t like which are perfectly legal to do/own.

  • underdog

    “tons o’ guns real easy to get /
    tons o’ guns bringing nothing but” … suspension.

  • vmcb

    not fair; I don’t even have one gun!

  • Joe

    So it looks like Gilbert is like thousands of other Americans then, owning multiple firearms. Whats the point???????

  • tavoris

    well, a lot of people don’t see the relevance, but this (if true) discredits his explanation for taking those particular weapons to the arena. If he has hundreds, then why is he only trying to get rid of a few?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good point Tavoris.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Although the blurb said that Arenas HAS owned that many guns. So he may have bought guns, then sold them, or something else.
    But, I tend think this does make it seem like he had the guns at the arena for an ulterior motive, which would mean he lied to prosecutors.

  • tavoris

    ^which would mean his suspension is the least of his worries, because Martha Stewart & Lil Kim can tell u it’s not a good idea to lie to federal prosecutors

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, so I hope this story is wrong. ‘Cause as much as I think Arenas needed to be suspended, I don’t want him to catch a federal gun charge. That’s serious business right there.

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    For Gil’s sake I hope he’s just owned these guns in the past and can show they were all legal and how/when he disposed of them. I hope he was telling the truth and these were his last few guns he’s getting rid of. Right now there just a lot of different stories but not sure what’s a fact or fiction.

  • Born2Ball

    Everyone knows that this story has been blown outta proportion.. but hey that’s the medias job. Good luck Agent 0..

  • Peter

    Gilbert Arenas: Arms Dealer

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Realy good point, Tavoris. I didnt see it from that angle. If he did lie, oh my… Contract nullified + jail time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thekelvinlee K. Lee

    What’s was his shooting percentage before the suspension….too soon?

  • http://twitter.com/pdxgaybball dma

    but the question remains why bring them to work? Dude is/was making 120 million a year. He should have people to do that.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Maybe he had guns but no ammo, kinda like Clinton with weed – he put his lips on it but didn’t inhale.

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    tiger woods was the happiest dude on earth when al this started happening to gilbert haha

  • Lebron is greater than Kobe

    ha i like dj lol yep everything blows over when u put guns in the story

  • http://www.slamonline.com barnabusb

    Tiger who? Gilbert Arenas had GUNS! zomg!11

  • tavoris

    the good thing for Gil is that this isn’t really making much news outside of sports circles. If he had actually played basketball the past two seasons, it would probably be hell. Tiger’s still hiding in Aftica from the hellstorm that is his life.

  • mr.rightfornow

    agent zero thats all i have to say.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    tavoris: Maybe he’s only trying to get rid of his dirty guns?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh wait a minute, they’re all dirty! He can’t own guns in the DC area because he was previously hit with a misdemeanor gun charge. Am I correct?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Stupid story though. Straight up bad reporting. Just all around trying to ride the nuts of this news drama, spewing out cr@p as long as it gets viewers.

  • Maya Laku

    He wasn’t called Agent Zero for a reason

  • Josh

    I don’t understand people saying this is not relevant. How is owning hundreds of guns (why?) not relevant to getting into trouble with guns. You American’s really love your guns don’t you.

  • tavoris

    @Josh-I guess u didn’t read where we debunked the “not relevant” argument already.
    @Teddy-if ANY of his guns were dirty, his NBA career is over. If they can prove they didn’t kno about the guns, then Gilbert is fvcked. It’s a shame because he’s a good guy-altho VERY misguided.

  • tavoris

    I really wouldn’t be surprised if this “story” was leaked by a member of the Wizards organization.

  • Kent Kanada

    Its a shame Gil was suspended, I thought he was going to really start shootin’ the lights out.

  • Earl

    Good for him. He has the right to own as many darn guns as he wants.

  • http://wealwayswin.net Hersey

    LOL @James the Balla

  • http://saintmark5171@yahoo.com M.Bloxton

    this would have been funnier if washington was still called the Bullets.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Josh: Not sure how the education is where ever you live, but I’m assuming its subpar so I’ll talk with fewer syllables so you try and understand it…
    If he has owned hundreds of guns, it:
    a) makes him look like a gun manic
    b) puts his story that he “just wanted to get his three guns out of his house for his daughter” story in jeopardy.

  • nastynas

    i’m from europe and the only thing i can say about the way America thinks about the weapons aspect of law/society: can i smoke some of that ??

  • youngmuggsy

    Kinda scares me how most of you Americans think owning hundreds of guns is normal.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    nastynas: We think the same way about your drug laws.
    This European way of thinking is relatively insane. We should just be like Mexico and Russia and have as many gun laws as we can, those places are utopias… oh wait, they have four times the murder rate than the US does. Guess you guys better shut the f*ck up.

  • rikson

    @Jukai: Hoe did you come from europe to mexico and russia?

  • rikson

    But every western country (means not part of the “poor world”) with stricter gun laws has a way lower murder rate than the US. Of course its easy to compare it to africa and countries like that, but that makes NO sense, except for your argumentation!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Meh, I wouldn’t mind somewhat stricter gun laws, but I would have a problem with laws as strict as the ones Europeans have.
    And I sure as hell would be bothered if Americans got as scared of guns as Europeans seem to be. Y’all act like guns are poison, like you would die if forced to use one. Better hope civilization never collapses, cause y’all will be effed by the folks who actually do have guns.

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  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Rikson: That has nothing to do with gun laws. Britain and Scandanavia and several other European countries have as lax gun laws as the United States and they have as low or lower murder rates as any other European country.
    Countries with STRICTER gun laws like Mexico and Russia double to quadrouple our murder rate.
    Do you see the point I’m trying to make now?

  • Lz – Cphfinest 3

    Jukai; You are wrong, Scandinavian gunlaws are a million times stricter than those of the US. You are rambling about stuff you don’t really know about, thinking that nobody else does. Denmark doesn’t have one single store where you walk in from the street and buy handguns even if you have a license(not counting huntingrifles), not a single store. There is not one country comparable to the US that has murder rates and guncrimes even comparable to those of the US. Your country is great at a lot of things, but protecting its citizens and helping its citizens is not among those.

  • Lz – Cphfinest 3

    One thing is for sure; Gilbert owned more guns than he ever owned braincells.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Lz: Are you kidding me? Of COURSE the US has one of the highest gun crime ratios because we don’t put a ban on guns.
    Russia came down hard in the 90s with immensely strict gun laws. What happened? Violent crimes in every other area went up. And it kept rising, more than doubling itself. Can you explain that?
    Can you explain why, when handguns were banned in Washington DC, homicide levels remained the same?
    And excuse my scandinavian slip— I confused it with the Czech Republic, which is inexcusable and shows my ignorance. If you check the facts, the Czech Republic is even less strict than many areas of the US… yet their crime rate mimics the majority of Europe, if not less than many European states. Can you explain this?

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I mean, christ, some Mexican drug cartels are armed better than many third world countries, and the gun crimes are through the roof, yet Mexico has RIDICULOUSLY strict gun laws.
    The point is, it’s not black and white. Banning guns isn’t a catch all for reducing crime, and having guns wont necessarily make you safer. Cases have to be judged on a per instance basis, and that’s why the majority of America has different gun laws depending on the area. It’s just hypocritical for Europeans to talk about what a utopia they have when many of their neighbors allow guns and remain crime free and their giant neighbor (russia) has massive homicide rates with strict gun control.
    The US certainly isn’t a perfect nation and I haven’t been happy with my government for over a decade… but please, get off your high horse about the gun crap. You haven’t done any research on the subject what-so-ever.

  • backboard

    Ehm, reading the comments for years i came to like AllenP´s comments and his reasoning. But his 11.32 comment brought him down to Jukais level, which, no matter the country, religion or gender, is the worst situation possible. Thats it….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Backboard
    I’m sorry to hear that, but that’s how I feel. I don’t like the idea that weapons are concentrated in the hands of a few. I think it opens the door for abuses by those few. Guns are just a way weapon. Humankind has always needed and used weapons. Those with weapons have always lorded over those without them. It seems like common sense to arm yourself. If not, you’re depending on the laws of the land to protect you at all times, and I don’t have that much confidence in the law. I’d rather take steps myself.

  • rav

    has anyone thought it may be more due to cultural reasons than legal ones? pretty sure canada and us have similar gun laws but us has far more gun crime per capita

  • nastynas

    Jukai, drugs laws in Europ might be a little more chilled out over here, but there’s only one county where you can buy drugs legal (and only softdrugs ),and that’s the Netherlands and and it works with a ‘we’ll pretend like we’re not seeing it’ governmental policy, i mean you got a state with medical marihuana too, the punishments might be more strict in America, but studies have showed America is the most drugs-using country in the world (per head). but aside from that when we hear about the murder rate in cities like Baltimore (yeah i’m a fan of the wire) we just can’t do nothing but shake our heads in disbelief.
    Mexico might have strict laws and at the same time a high gun/population ratio, but much is the result of poor government and let’s face it too much poverty. This isn’t a black/white discussion and too many external factors come into play when searching for a simple explanation (social class,wealth, history, tradition, social influences,crime etc) But if guns weren’t so easy to get too and so easy accesible, wouldn’t there be at least some less accidents/incidents?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Just read on the HuffingtonPost that Gilbert has been Charged with felony gun possession. Not many details.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He is taking a plea deal. Likely Will only be CONVICTED of a Misdemeanor – ESPN

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  • reald

    THIS IS HUMANITY
    THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH

  • reald

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  • reald

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  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    nastynas: As proven by my Russia example, once guns were more or less banned, the criminals just found other ways to kill others and each other.
    Baltimore is a sad case, but it’s not really about guns, it’s about poverty and the horrible zero tolerance ways we police over there.
    And look, I’m not blind, we need gun laws. We can’t just hand out automatic weapons, we can’t let 12-year-olds handle guns. I think some of that stuff is extreme. But as Allenp said, I’m uncomfortable with guns being in control of the few. We don’t live in Europe man. It’s a little different over here, incomparable, and a lot of you guys need to understand that.

  • nastynas

    aight i agree, lot has to do with the surroundings one has to live in, i mean i could understand that if i was living in a place where owning guns is legal, and i would come in contact with people having and using them. I would feel safer with a gun too. But my point is why are these guns are so easy accesible and that discussion would digress way too much of the topic with al those external factors that come into play. But an interesting discussion anyway

  • rikson

    Now its Mexico -> great comparison! And britain has stricter laws than the US. Of course 3rd world countries wont benefit from stricter laws, as they dont have the execution-power to watch for them to be obeyed! But lets just turn it around: You think that stricter laws in the US wont change anything?!

  • rikson

    “Better hope civilization never collapses, cause y’all will be effed by the folks who actually do have guns.” And thats the problem with guns! Every idiot can operate a gun! And once he does, he feels like the king of the world… while in reality he is just a scared little boy, who wants to get some kind of power, no matter how!

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