Undoubtedly, Washington Wizards’ guard Gilbert Arenas is known for his joking nature off the court, but it appears that very same manner is what has landed him in hot water with the NBA, its unforgiving commissioner David Stern, and law enforcement authorities.
More of the story after the break.
It is alleged that Arenas and a fellow teammate Jarvis Crittenton got into a confrontation in the Wizards’ locker room that resulted in Arenas pulling a gun on Crittenton that was stored in a strong box in his locker. Arenas denies drawing the gun, but has admitted to keeping guns in his locker, which he recently stated was in “bad judgment.” Sources claim that the dispute between the two players began on a team flight from Phoenix to Washington when Crittenton and Arenas bet money on a card game. Arenas supposedly lost and later refused to pay Crittenton his money. Arenas also denies this, saying, “I don’t gamble. I don’t do anything like that,” and that if he owed someone money, he’d “pay it up.” Friends and teammates of the basketball star have said that if the incident did occur, it was more likely a joke gone too far than Arenas threatening Crittenton.
Regardless of what the true story behind this whole incident is (both players drawing guns on each other, the bet?), the reality of the matter is that Gilbert will face the DA today, and could possibly be charged and suspended from the NBA. We all know how seriously commissioner David Stern takes the polished image portrayed by the league. And right now, it’s not looking too clean.