Gilbert Arenas Describes the Gun Incident

by March 16, 2010

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.