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Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

Posted on: January 4, 2010 5:05 pm
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Gilbert Arenas met with prosecutors and Washington, D.C., police for two hours Monday, then admitted that his conduct during a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton was "a mistake" and a "serious lapse in judgment."

In a joint statement released with his attorney, Ken Wainstein, Arenas characterized his handling of unloaded firearms in the Washington Wizards' locker room as "a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. Contrary to some press accounts, I never threatened or assaulted anyone with the guns and never pointed them at anyone.

"Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong," Arenas said in the statement. "I should not have brought the guns to D.C. in the first place, and I now realize that there’s no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns — even if unloaded.

"I am very sorry for the effect that my serious lapse in judgment has had on my team, my teammates, the National Basketball Association and its fans," the three-time All-Star said. "I want to apologize to everybody for letting them down with my conduct, and I promise to do better in the future."

Wainstein said Arenas was interviewed by federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department.
 
"Over the course of a two-hour interview this afternoon, Mr. Arenas answered every question asked of him," Wainstein said.

The version of events that Arenas gave to prosecutors Monday was consistent with what two people with knowledge of the incident told CBSSports.com on Saturday. On Dec. 19, Arenas got into an argument with Crittenton over a card game during the team's flight from Phoenix to D.C. Before practice two days later at Verizon Center, one of the sources said, Arenas placed several firearms on Crittenton's locker chair and indicated that he should "pick one." Crittenton became angry, told Arenas, "Stop your games," and knocked the weapons on the floor, the source said.

In his statement explaining what he told prosecutors and police Monday, Arenas admitted having brought the firearms from his Virginia home to the Verizon Center early last month because he didn't want them around his children. Arenas said four firearms were involved.
 
"I had kept the four unloaded handguns in my house in Virginia, but then moved them over to my locker at the Verizon Center to keep them away from my young kids," Arenas said. "I brought them without any ammunition into the District of Columbia, mistakenly believing that the recent change in the D.C. gun laws allowed a person to store unloaded guns in the District."

The law, however, allows D.C. residents to keep properly registered firearms in their home -- not in public or in their place of business, two law enforcement sources familiar with the probe said.

Prosecutors and police are expected to interview other witnesses during a fact-finding process that could take several weeks, one of the law enforcement sources said. As of Monday, no interview had been scheduled with Crittenton, whom authorities believe did not possess a firearm during the incident.

In addition to charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, Arenas also faces the possibility of up to a $50,000 fine and an indefinite suspension from NBA Commissioner David Stern. The league expects to wait until prosecutors complete their investigation before making a decision on any disciplinary measures against Arenas.
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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 9:48 am
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

Yeah Effan A Wright, let's step back to the 1880's, only with the weapons we have available today.  You can carry your gun strapped to your leg, only watch out for the really pissed off worker who pulls the Uzi in the mall and mows down 20 people before you even clear the gun from it's holster.

Arenas needs to be banned from the NBA for life and he needs to go to jail.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 8:19 am
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

Didn't he just admit to being guilty of the crime, both a felony and misdeamenor. Stern will let is thugs go at it. What a waste of time and money the NBA has become.<br />




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 5:41 am
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

This is not nearly apples to apples.....one guy bet on his own games thereby influencing the outcome & integrity of the game.  Similar to Tim Donaghy, he paid the ultimate price for that chosen profession.  Arenas committed an off-field crime not related to the game in any way (he could have waived these guns @ the mall).  The punishment for that can range from nothing - see Tony LaRussa drunk @ the wheel....to a multi-year suspension ala Mike Vick or Plax Burress.  My guess is he will be prosecuted and get a medium range suspension 50 games w/out pay at least.  You make $20M and can't afford an $80 safe to store guns?  The dude is flat out FOS!!



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2010 12:36 am
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

Child please!  It seems all the posters here think we should all go to jail just for bringing a gun to work and anybody that does not know that is an idiot.  Ridiculous!  Are you all ready to daftly chunk away all your other personal rights as an American too?  The Second Amendment to our Constitutuion guarentees our ability to possess firearms.  This includes Arenas.  Perhaps you also did you not  bother to read or watch the news of the recent huge Supreme court decisions this past summer further guranteeing our gun rights?  Additionally they also found that it is is illeagal for most businesses to prevent employees from exercising their Constitutional rights as an American in regards to gun ownership. 

Wake up and smell the coffee people.  Do any of you really think that any law keeps guns out of the hands of criminals and/or prevents them from using them?  Lawfully owned, deployed and carried guns help keep people safe from wackos, crooked authorities along with criminals and even potentially opressive governments.  This is the express reason why our greatest governmental forefather, the architect of the US Constitution Thomas Jeffereson ensured that right came right after the 1st Amendment which in fact guarentees me the right to pretty much say what I effn want.  It is only those goober leftist local type governments that try to llegislate away your Constitutional rights and it is up to us as good Americans to stand up and say eff no.  Do you really want to stand there depending on your cellphone to call some cop miles away when the local terrorist cell chooses to throwdown at the mall or some crackhead decides to highjack you and your children?  Or would you rather stand up for yourself and/or have the good Samaritan nearby take the terrorist or punk out for you?  Well, which do you prefer, cell phone baby?  I thank God we have a Supreme Court to strike those ridiculous local laws down.  Those stupid arse gun control laws only make us less safe, not safer.

Now as far as Arenas' conduct, did he point a gun at anyone? No, probably not.  Is he guilty of any kind of assault?  Probably not, no threats, no pointing, no assault.   Was he stupid, why yes.  Most states do prevent you from brining guns into governmently owned buildings and places of public gatherings over 100 people, so is he guilty of that, probably.  Should he get a suspension from the NBA, who effn cares, they all make waaaaay too much money for me to care too much about them one way or another.  The whole league has lost its credibilty for me for years now.  The college game is much better although it too has changed negatively with all the fouling and increasingly rough play allowed.  I'm a basketball purest, I miss the skill and grace of a Dr. J floating through the lane sinking an impossible changeup shot instead of thugs throwing each other down....  I watch football for that...



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Treat Arenas EXACTLY like everyone else!

If I, or almost anyone else in this country brought a gun (or 4!) to work and locked it in our desk drawers we could apoligize a million times, but we would still be FIRED on the spot.  Just like the NFL, the NBA is going to continue encouraging absurd behavior like this until they do the right thing and start banning players for life that refuse to behave and follow the rules.  Do you really think Arenas is sorry that he brought guns to work?  Hell no he isn't.  He's just sorry that he got caught.  And after he is let off he will go on telling jokes and laughing about it until the next time he does something wrong like this.  The ONLY way to teach him and every other player in this league a lesson is to tell them that they can no longer play in the NBA.




Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

I can't believe Arenas handlers let him meet with prosecutors like this! He basically just confessed and could easily have felony charges coming down the pipe.

And he now realizes playing jokes with guns is not funny? This would be okay if it came from an 8-year old.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2010 10:36 pm
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

THEY DO NEED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE TEAM BACK TO THE WASHINGTON BULLETS. LOL  



Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

JAIL NOW



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2010 10:10 pm
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

vicezilla, totally agree with your comments. Gilbert Arenas is a total idiot and not worthy of being part of the so-called NBA. The head of the NBA, David Stern, has never been a fan of mine. His leadership in all areas is questionable. It's money first at all costs, including putting marque names on the court, regardless of prior, current, or future transgressions of key name NBA players. You think he was'nt happy that Kobe Bryant did no jail time, regardless of the crime. He does'nt care and he really should be called the "Pimp Daddy
of The NBA". He's re-active, rather than pro-active. I guarantee you that he will now come out with some 'weak ass' statement, now that
the police have stepped up their investigation and because Arenas now says that he is sorry. Keep in mind, this incident happened in the workplace, so the owner of Washington and the Pimp Daddy himself, should have jumped all over this matter. Law enforcement officers are often suspended with and sometimes without pay, while a pending investigation is taking place. As vicezilla stated " if he brought a gun to his workplace, regardless if for a joke or not, it would'nt matter how much he said that he was sorry, he'd still be going to jail. Employers will now assist most people who have a alcoholic or drug problem. But a moron like Arenas, who keeps 'weapons of mass destruction in his locker' should be banned from the NBA (National Basketball Arsenal League). Then, to add insult to injury by 
insulting our intelligence, uses his kids as an excuse by stating he did'nt want them to get hold of his guns. Ever heard of public self storage facilities that you can rent for little or nothing to store your personal items. I'm sure your teammates are a little shaky now and really don't want you in their presence. It's time to step up to the plate Pimp Daddy and show some 'balls' because whatever your legacy
will be, this is not one of your defining moments !!! 
   



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 10:09 pm
 

Arenas meets with police, admits 'mistake'

Funny how his story keeps changing the more involved the authorities get.
He has no problem though, it's a done deal. He apologized to his teammates, his fans,and the NBA and promises to
be better in the future.. Fine, 3 games suspension, and a promise to not apply for membership in the NRA..


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