Gilbert Arenas, who pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January and will be sentenced for his crime next week, let slip an unfortunate tidbit about his affinity for firearms. In an interview with Esquire magazine due out next week, the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports:
Arenas told Esquire that he used to have as many as 500 firearms in his home, having bought many of them from an elderly man’s World War I collection. He says he put all but four of them in storage when he started having children.
Wow, dude was down to four. Talk about living dangerously! Read more…
UPDATE: It’s official, Arenas and Javaris Crittenton both gone for the rest of the season.
Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST reports:
A person familiar with today’s meeting between Gilbert Arenas and NBA Commissioner David Stern said the Wizards’ three-time all-star guard requested to be suspended for the remainder of the season and sources said that Stern plans to abide by the request.
According to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Arenas also told Stern that he would tell the players’ union not to fight the suspension.
Stern will announce his ruling later this afternoon.
Mind runs wild with those requests from Arenas.
The NBA released a statement today from David Stern that stated Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely from the league without pay:
“The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.