Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wizards Gilbert Arenas Suspended Indefinitely
Washington Wizards player Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely yesterday by the NBA without pay for bringing 4 unloaded guns to the locker room of the verizon center where the wizards play on Dec 21. Ever since the story broke on christmas eve gilbert has shown no remorse for bringing the guns into DC which is a felony. NBA commissioner David Stern has indefinitely suspended Gilbert Arenas, saying the Washington Wizards guard is”not currently fit to take the court” for a game.
The news comes after Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton–both players on the Washington Wizards– reportedly drew guns on each other during a locker-room argument over a gambling debt. Players’ union executive director Billy Hunter called the matter “unprecedented in the history of sports.” Arenas, in the second season of a six-year, $111 million contract, was suspended for Washington’s season opener in 2004 because he failed to maintain proper registration of a handgun while living in California in 2003. Arenas also turned 28 yesterday.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement that while Arenas would likely face a long suspension (possibly as long as the remainder of the 2009-10 season), "his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game." By nearly all accounts, the final straw for Stern was when Arenas' teammates surrounded him during pregame introductions and he pretended to shoot them with guns made from his fingers. The Wizards issued a statement of their own condemning Arenas' behavior.
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