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Gilbert Arenas's suspension

The NBA web site reports that Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely, without pay. Read more as it comes in.

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the picture in the post of wed, jan 6 is what is wrong with the NBA and the players in the NBA. Arena's pointing his fingers like shooting a gun and the other players think it is funny.

Posted by: samandglenva | January 6, 2010 5:06 PM

Yes, he broke the rules, but should it be indefinite? No.

Posted by: bermudml | January 6, 2010 5:07 PM

what due process did arenas get before



and executioner

david stern, nba commisioner

pronounced sentence

the grand jury has not even decide whether arenas should be CHARGED with a crime

sentence first, trial later--david stern

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 6, 2010 5:11 PM

I have never been in or around a professional locker room, nor will fully know what really went down, but I believe in precedent. If Steven Jackson got 7 games for discharging a firearm in public, how can Gil get more than 7? Assuming there is no malice in his actions and truly unloaded.

Posted by: davidstb | January 6, 2010 5:12 PM

If I were to bring in a gun to work and wave it at a co-worker, not only would I be fired, but I'd be arrested.

Posted by: muejl1 | January 6, 2010 5:12 PM

What a dumb ass...Millions in the bank and poor in the area of social and common sense and responsibility. What a dumb ass.
There should really be a school (other than the barber shop, locker-rooms and the streets) where black men can go to learn social/civil etiquette and responsibility. I don't think there are enough sane and productive role models to teach even those with great talent on how to practice civil composure and self-restraint. What a dumb ass.

Posted by: toomuchbadinformation | January 6, 2010 5:19 PM

Seems like a premature over-reaction. The charges are serious, but without the threat of imminent harm to other players -- and there was apparently none -- it would have made more sense to let the police inquiry run through its initial phase.

Posted by: JPRS | January 6, 2010 5:21 PM

I'm a Gilbert fan and a Plaxico Burress fan, but I am also an adult who understands that responsible adults don't knowingly violate gun laws. This is not just a matter of violating some sports/entertainment business policy; this is a case of unlawful possession of a weapon. Punishment is harsh on the individual to be sure, but it serves as a deterrent to remind us that nobody is above the law. And Gilbert making light of it just shows more bad judgement on his part. Sure Stern is stict, but his league will make you a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE if you have what it takes to play by the rules.

Posted by: chippedham | January 6, 2010 5:24 PM

This could be the event that ends the curse of Le Bullez (or whatever it is that Tony K calls them). If they can void that bloated contract it would be incredibly lucky and would put them in the free agent market big time next summer.

Posted by: dolph924 | January 6, 2010 5:38 PM

And Stern should be suspended (at least) for gross stupidity and lack of balance. The "indefinite" term shows Stern's lack of interest injustice. He should have set a finite (5 games, etc.) then let the courts dispense their form of justice. Stupid, Gil. Stupid, David.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 6, 2010 5:40 PM

While I have no problems with Gil owning guns (2nd ammendment supporter), the league response doesn't seem out of line. If I bring my guns to campus and store them in my desk, I'm sure I won't have a job anymore when I am caught with them. Maybe the guys in the league need a life coach or something?

Posted by: TheNuttyProfessor | January 6, 2010 5:42 PM

I've read the comments, and some of you have know perspective. First of all, the NBA does not have to wait on the D.C. authorities to finish their investigation to pass their on judgment. They are self-governed and Arenas, because he doesn't know how to shut his mouth, has already admitted to having the guns in the locker room.

Secondly, as far as the NBA is concerned, Gilbert broke a league rule against bringing firearms into league offices, training facilities, or locker rooms.

Lastly, all other incidents where players were suspended because of weapons violations, the violations occurred in places outside of the league's jurisdiction. So, they had to wait for the authorities. In this case, it happened on an NBA team property which gives the league the right to act on its on behalf.

Grow up, people.

Posted by: evelinergd | January 6, 2010 5:42 PM

In Arizona, where Gilbert Arenas went to school, it is unusual to not have a gun. You can carry them out in the open and no one can say a word. We have Second Amendment rights in the USA, even in DC, even in the NBA, that is the way the founders of the country conceived of our nation.

Posted by: g-lo | January 6, 2010 5:49 PM

It is also important that our society have at least one or two African-American scandals ongoing at any given time, sort of similar to the public lynchings of the olden days, like Clarence Thomas said, just another high-tech lynching. You've got to know how to play the game, and if you're a Black male, not knowing the rules of the game means you will be punished and incarcerated, I wouldn't be surprised if Gilbert Arenas goes to jail too. This is an America that doesn't recognize Black Second Amendment rights.

Posted by: g-lo | January 6, 2010 5:54 PM

If any average person (not a star in the lime light world) would have done what Gil did,would have been arrestedimmediately and thrown in jail. Witnesses saw him pull the gun; therefore, no court or jury needed. Give him the max jail time under the joke of a law and fine him the highest amount. Set the example for other would bees!

Posted by: LL817 | January 6, 2010 5:58 PM

The answer to the second reader's post is Arena should be suspended for his lifetime. Isn't anyone serious about gun control in D.C.?

Posted by: reedbarry1 | January 6, 2010 5:59 PM

I think Arenas deserves a suspension without pay. Apparently it is indefinite to see how the United States Attorney will deal with any criminal charges. It should be made definite as soon as possible and should not be for the rest of the season.

The Wizards should not use this as an excuse to void the contract. Such action would show a lack of good faith and would likely hurt free agency signings in the future by showing that the Wizards will try to get out of a contract which, in retrospect, seems bad.

Posted by: esch | January 6, 2010 6:02 PM

He deserved to be suspended but not indefinitely. He has no history of problems or running afoul of the law and David Stern should have taked that into account. I hope Gil gets a chance to come back this year.

Posted by: smoothdj40 | January 6, 2010 6:11 PM

Are you folks forgetting that Arenas is an employee? He brought a gun to work. Which of you can do that and expect to stay on the job? I certainly can't.

Posted by: therev1 | January 6, 2010 6:13 PM

Arenas definitely deserves to be suspended, but reinstatement should be predicated on community service, a healthy monetary fine, and heavy duty counseling.

Posted by: MillPond2 | January 6, 2010 6:15 PM

Justice speaks. To those above, particularly 'procounsel', who have voiced various objections to David Stern's action, it apparently needs to be pointed out that Arenas brought not one but four guns into the Verizon Center. That he wanted to keep them away from his kids is patent nonsense. Buy a safe! I applaud the courage of Mr. Stern. It is important to send out a powerful message that actions such as that of Gilbert Arenas (he has after all admitted bringing the guns.) will not be tolerated by anyone at any time under any circumstances. Gilbert's problems are just beginning.

Posted by: genteel | January 6, 2010 6:23 PM

Suspended yes, indefinitely no....Things happen and he made a bad decision..He has been a real true athlete towards his fans and community...He goes into the inner cities "without bodyguards and security and anything else"...He is not his society and nor does he carry himself like that at all. You all know he's a good dude who just got caught up in his own hype. Don't cheer for him when he is doing good and then bad mouth him when he is wrong..We all make mistakes and we all pay a price somehow ,someway....

Posted by: geraldhulett1186 | January 6, 2010 6:29 PM

Arenas is just another spare thug in a league filled with them. I have no problem with an indefinite suspension, but I don't really care that much. I lost interest in the NBA when Magic and Bird retired. They played team ball which is how the game is supposed to be played. Now its just a bunch of spoiled, rich thugs playing for themselves. How boring.

Posted by: mowjoe | January 6, 2010 6:32 PM

I agree that what Gil did violated the law in the District of Columbia. The real problem lies in the law itself. Why is it that a right that is guaranteed in THE CONSTITUTION can be denied by a city just because they are liberal by nature historically? It would be like drugs being allowed to be legalized in a city just because the politicians and their constituents in that area believe in it. The Supreme Court would overrule the decision and make drugs illegal there again. And this is even worse than that because it is not mentioned in the Constitution that we are not allowed to do drugs. When we ignore an Amendment because our personal beliefs collide with those of our founding fathers we go down a road that leads to the loss of all freedoms. That being said, he did break a league rule and should be punished accordingly. But come on people, lifetime ban? REDICULOUS! Let this man who does his fair share of humanitarian work get back to playing basketball, his chosen profession and a way to continue to support his family. He is a good man according to everyone who really knows him.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 6:34 PM

MowJoe is he just another "thug" because he is a black man who owns guns? Because if some white farmer in Alabama isn't aware of the laws in Liberal DC and brings a gun across the Potomac, I am pretty sure you are not calling him a "thug". This is a man who has not gotten in trouble before. He brings unloaded weapons into the District which is illegal. I understand that. But one mistake that has been honestly made by thousands of people before him coming into DC from VA and people want his life ruined. That's just not right.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 6:42 PM

This has nothing to do with the second amendment, so shut up G-LO. Your conspiracy theory crap is laughable.

Stern's decision was a no-brainer after the idiocy of the finger-pistols incident at the start of the Philly game last night and the temerity of Arenas's claim that the media owed HIM an apology.

The Zards should and will attempt to void the remainder of his contract; if he had just kept his mouth shut and showed some contrition without contradicting it in the next sentence/interview he might have been able to keep his money while at the same time keeping the Wizards mired in mediocrity. But then, I guess that's just Gilbert being Gilbert.

This is the best thing that's happened to Les Bullez since we traded that bum Kwame Brown for Caron Butler.

Posted by: mr_silverman | January 6, 2010 6:53 PM

He is an IDIOT!.... Think of the worst case scenario people, here it is, Wizards are playing, something happens, Arenas gets into a fight with an opposing player, Arenas is ejected from the game, in his anger he goes into the locker room comes back on the floor and starts shooting at the opposing team. A stray bullet hits a 10 year old kid in the stands and kills him... I know it's an extreme, but it is not outside the realm of possibility.

Read between the lines...Arenas is not being suspended for the gun issue, he is being suspended for his lack of respect for league rules, lack of remorse for what he did and for putting himself above everyone else in the league with his comments and actions last night.

A message needs to be sent to the rest of the league and I agree with it 100%.

Posted by: jcreyes35us | January 6, 2010 7:02 PM

I think indiffenent is the right call because right now Stern does not know all the facts and the legal findings. When he has more facts and the legal angles are known, then he can decide on the length of suspension and the status of the player.

Posted by: DrWho2 | January 6, 2010 7:06 PM

You just proved my point! First we go after the 2nd Amendment. Now you are saying that had he not expressed his Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression that he would be able to keep his money. And how is this not about the 2nd Amendment? If he had any other banned items that are legal for him to have everywhere else but NBA property this wouldn't even be a story. But it is about guns in DC, the most Unconstitutional place in the country in regards to guns so we have every left wing columnist like Mike Wise spouting his anti-gun propaganda as fast as he can. And by the way, why does anybody listen to anything Al Sharpton has to say? That guy is quite a few eggs short of a dozen.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 7:09 PM

Arenas is an idiot - for committing the crime and then for glorifying it at the Philly game. Glad he was suspended - hopefully it will show idiots like him that they can't get away with acting like thugs. Great role model for black kids!

Posted by: terencef100 | January 6, 2010 7:13 PM

Let's take it to the other extreme. Let's say one night Gil is walking to his car with his children and so is Antwan Jamison with his. Someone jumps out from the shadows with a gun, intent on killing all of them for being rich and famous. Gil saves the day and everyone but the attackers walk away to live their lives. We still going nuts about him having a gun on NBA property. That is why you can't come up with these hypotheticals. And what that Gilbert Arenas has done in his life would lead you to believe that he is capable of trying to murder opponents in cold blood? Rediculous! Completely out of the realm of possibility. Sadly though, my scenario happens every day in this country. Unfortunately someone with a gun usually isn't there to save the victims who would have had a chance if they were armed.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 7:20 PM

For all of you bloggers on this site, how many of you would enjoy having a gun pointed at you? Loaded or not loaded. Regardless of what some of you say, ignorance is not a defense.

And he taunted the rules afterwards....

Posted by: ridingerlk | January 6, 2010 7:29 PM

A stunt like this would have most of us terminated from our jobs. What role model did Gil have where this is an acceptable behavior?

Posted by: whatever81 | January 6, 2010 7:38 PM

Loaded = Not Happy
Unloaded = Who Cares, Couldn't Hurt Me Any More Than Pointing His Finger. But I was also raised to treat every weapon as if it was loaded all the time. But that was taught to me by a Weapons Instructor with the Federal Governemt. I don't know who taught him about guns. He was probably using the logic that without a projectile, a projectile launcher can't cause any harm. Not correct but at least you can see the "logic" in that thought.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 7:42 PM

It is as simple as this....Take a gun to your job (loaded or unloaded) and see what happens. There will be no trial, there will be no judge, there will only be "JETSON. YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!"

Posted by: legend115 | January 6, 2010 7:44 PM

G-LO wrote, "We have Second Amendment rights in the USA, even in DC, even in the NBA, that is the way the founders of the country conceived of our nation."

Actually, few things would have horrified the authors of the United States Constitution more than the sight of a black man with a gun.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 6, 2010 7:52 PM

In DC area yes. In a lot of other parts of this country guns are just a part of life. Just because you work somewhere that guns are outlawed, and Gilbert does as well, doesn't mean that they are outlawed at every employer.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 7:53 PM

Can you believe some people on this post are defending Gilbert's actions. That's what wrong with society now. Too many people do not have home training, or know how to act civilized. We have laws in this country.

Posted by: bestowens | January 6, 2010 7:57 PM

People, you can't compare the beliefs about guns at that time to the beliefs about African Americans at that time. If you want to go down that road then you might as well throw out the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights. We all know slavery was the biggest mistake in history. Doesn't mean that every other law they made back then must be wrong because their view was horribly wrong on that one.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 8:01 PM

It's not about whether he's had his day in court, black, white or purple. You can't just bring a gun to work in most jobs, including the NBA.

Posted by: BKCT | January 6, 2010 8:22 PM

I'm glad Stern made it an indefinite suspension, and I hope indefinite means a long, long time. Too many athletes don't acknowledge that they are, in fact, role models to the kids who wear their jerseys. And they need to learn that huge salaries don't fix everything.

Posted by: jlhare1 | January 6, 2010 8:34 PM

I Thought DC Had A Law Banning Hand Guns?

Maybe That Law Is Just For Law Abiding Whites?

Anyhow:Black Athletes Should Be Exempt From All Gun Laws,Because They Never Know When A Brother Might Confront Them While They Themselves Are Unarmed!

Posted by: sdavis4 | January 6, 2010 8:45 PM

If that incident occurred at another place of employment that person would have been fired and charged with an offense. He deserves what he gets coming. He knew better.

Posted by: AhTinch | January 6, 2010 9:04 PM

Give me a break! If you or I took a gun, loaded or unloaded, to our place of work, we'd be fired POST HASTE. Due Process is absolutely required before going to court, but Stern had absolutely the right to fire this sorry you-know-what before this escalated. The only excuse he may have had is that he is a complete idiot (wealthy idiot, but still an idiot) to pull the antics he did at the Sixers game. Do I feel sorry for him - heck NO, nor for any of his sobbing family members that will undoubtedly begin to surface in the coming days. Own up to it Gil, beg forgiveness and mean it and you MAY have an outside chance to play again. The longer you stay quiet, the more you look like Tiger!

Posted by: rtneiles | January 6, 2010 9:07 PM


Posted by: Bryan231 | January 6, 2010 9:12 PM

Gilbert is just another immature pro athlete. But David Stern is a joke for not suspending him earlier. If he had suspended Gilbert right when this happened and not the morning after the photo was taken , he would have saved the league yet more embarrasment. The NBA is a joke. It needs to shut down like the NHL did and rebuild itself.

Posted by: dlakjesad | January 6, 2010 9:47 PM

I have never been in or around a professional locker room, nor will fully know what really went down, but I believe in precedent. If Steven Jackson got 7 games for discharging a firearm in public, how can Gil get more than 7? Assuming there is no malice in his actions and truly unloaded.
Posted by: davidstb | January 6, 2010 5:12 PM
Steven Jackson did not bring a firearm to his place of employment. Let's put it this way there are a number of folks who would still keep their jobs even if charged with discharging a firearm in public outside of their job. There are very few people who would be able to keep their jobs or avoid suspension from their jobs for bringing a firearm on company property. If you can't see the distinction then I can't help you.

Let's list some other examples:
Get arrested for being drunk in public? You probably still keep your job. Get drunk while on the job? You're fired.

Get in a bar fight outside of the job? You probably keep your job. Get in a physical fight with a coworker at work? Then you're either suspended or fired.

You get it?

Posted by: 6thsense79 | January 6, 2010 10:01 PM

SDAVIS4 wrote, "I Thought DC Had A Law Banning Hand Guns? Maybe That Law Is Just For Law Abiding Whites? Anyhow:Black Athletes Should Be Exempt From All Gun Laws,Because They Never Know When A Brother Might Confront Them While They Themselves Are Unarmed!"

You got me laughing out loud, but worried that you'll become the Sandy Koufax of commenters, burning out your left index finger at an early age if you don't lay off that shift key.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 6, 2010 10:11 PM

I think that the indefinite nature of the suspension is appropriate. Arenas will have to demonstrate that he's mended his ways. The rest of us in the same circumstances would've been fired immediately and probably charged w/ a crime. Arenas has gotten off light thus far....

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2010 10:13 PM

I can't believe this is even a question--there should be little or no debate needed. HE BROUGHT A GUN TO WORK.

It's not about discrimination, it's not about due process (your boss doesn't need the cops' permission to fire you), it's not about his perceived reputation, nor "good faith," "second chances," or "first offenses." It's about A GUN AT WORK.

Do some of you need it spelled out more clearly than that?

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | January 6, 2010 10:44 PM

What if your job is "armed robber"?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 6, 2010 10:48 PM

You people are insane, comparing showing up to your crappy job to an NBA SuperStar traveling in and out of work with a weapon. Unless you are a celebrity and have to deal with being a target that could be abducted for ransom or just outright killed you are trying to simplify this to make yourselves right. If you think you are less dispendable to your organization than Gilbert Arenas is to the NBA and more specifically the Wizards you are crazy. That's why you would be fired on the spot and he shouldn't be.

Posted by: RedskinsNut4Life | January 6, 2010 10:59 PM

Its a good thing Abe Pollin did not have to see the thanks he'd be getting by Arenas's antics.

Posted by: nb888 | January 6, 2010 11:03 PM

No offence black folks, but what Arenas did is an explicable. He should have been thrown out the moment the incident happened. He is a guy that growing black man look up and what they see is the worst of advises. I have no problem him being reinstated later with a team that will take a chance with him, but he has no place in Wizards locker room any more.

There has to be some special coaching for those young lads with luck to get out of the ghetto , they need to be though the non ghetto ways. Interesting what Caron things about all this, he looks like someone who had realized what it takes to stay out of trouble.

Posted by: mmilen | January 6, 2010 11:08 PM

I'm a huge 2nd amendment fan. I'm on the range 3-4 days/nights per week and shoot in competition at least once a month. However, the 2nd amendment doesn't not give someone the right to challenge another and chamber a round while doing it.

Even if you have a concealed carry permit, you can't do that. It's assault in all 50 states.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | January 6, 2010 11:39 PM

He was obviously joking, he is immature yes. But since the other players were laughing, its obvious he wasn't serious. The other player went too far, yet nothing is going to happen to him. Let's be fair, he is being targeting because he is a star. This should have stayed in the locker room. Geez people, its not like he's jason williams who killed a man. and i dont want to hear of what could have happened. Nothing happened and it should have been dropped. what a shame. And i would say this if he played for another team. In fact we are probably better starting over again, but don't ruin a mans life over something that shouldn't even be an issue.

Posted by: tony28 | January 7, 2010 12:28 AM

Due process?? He admitted it!!! And Stern does not need due process. There are rules and regulations in his league and he is the enforcer. Playing in the NBA is a not a right in the constitution.

He is getting due process with the feds, dc police etc...

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 7, 2010 12:29 AM


Since when is bringing guns to work not an issue? Are you that ignorant? They aren't legal in DC period. And if his life is "ruined", he will have nobody to blame but himself.

His detachment from reality is pretty disturbing. Thus, Stern's comment that he is "not fit to be on a basketball court." I think he is in need of some serious counseling.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 7, 2010 12:35 AM

I am amazed at people who feel Arenas shouldn't have been suspended. How many of us can bring guns into our place of employment and expect to keep our jobs if our boss finds out. It is totally rediculous and assanine to think that he shouldn't be suspended indefinitely until the league can figure out what to do.

And even if he didn't commit a local crime, the NBA must hold their players to a higher standard since there are many kids who see these guys as heros. The NBA is a privilege NOT a right! All I have to say is this guys a total shmuck and deserves whatever he gets. Didn't Plax teach him anything!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | January 7, 2010 12:47 AM

Putting aside the penalties the league and law may impose--Gilbert's actions are a shameful display of disrespect for the memory of Abe Pollin. Not only was Abe his boss, he was Gilbert's advocate and greatest fan as well.

More than that--he was the man who went so far as to change the name of his team to counter the culture of guns and violence that plague our community.

Shame on you, Gilbert.

Posted by: MelMoitzen | January 7, 2010 12:47 AM

Yes! He and the other little rat should be gone for good from the NBA. These guys have got to display an ounce of common sense every once and a while. Just take the money and run. Don't a fool all of your life.

Posted by: floridaihamp | January 7, 2010 12:53 AM

Just a thought;If the "Wizards" had not changed their team name,the locker room could have been filled with "Bullets"!

Posted by: sdavis4 | January 7, 2010 2:23 AM

Yes, he should be suspended..... indefinitely

Posted by: BenThere | January 7, 2010 6:11 AM

Mr. Arenas disregarded or failed to consider (the law, the NBA rules and) that people, especially kids, may find out about and thus be more likely first to emulate his gun ownership and then to actually LOAD, carry and use them in ways more tragic than protective.

Freaking out over that, however, does a disservice to victims of those who actually load, carry and use a firearm in some tragic way as well as to those who use them responsibly.

David Stern's statement addresses little of substance. Instead, he seems simply to express outrage, puff up his chest and assume a self-serving, humorless, zero-tolerance (and therefore intolerant) posture, ignoring all context (including Arenas admitting to "terrible judgment").

I'd rather live in a world in which Mr. Stern would focus on WHY the law and the rules and common sense with respect to the connections between his league's participants and guns and mitigate whatever arbitrary punishment with some mature recognition about human fallibility, especially among us goofballs.

He loses credibility with this goofball, already troubled by a more and more humorless world, ever more poorly able to distinguish actual malice and harm from stuff like this.

Posted by: dcfanoutwest | January 7, 2010 7:38 AM

Suspended? He ought to be fired, along with several hundred other thuggish swine who should not be walking the streets, much less playing professional sports.

Posted by: tbarksdl | January 7, 2010 7:55 AM

This is laughable, it is almost like anyone should care that a quote star unquote overly protected, pampered manchild, who has never experienced anything in life and definitely has never had an honest job in his life, takes a gun to work, points it at another human being, and then has it thrown across the room, which it was either loaded or unloaded depending on what story you read, is being reprimanded and you are all in a tither.

Throw the bums in jail just like we would be until the trial and lets get on with our lives. What everyone is missing is how about the other gentlemen involved in this incident and what they failed to do, I mean beside become unattributely sources and ratting these two fools out. One is getting just what he deserves and the other fool is just one false step from joining the first.

In the grand scheme of life this is not even a bump in the road of my life and I could really care less. To try and make this a racist or gun control problem is laughable, just grow up people and lets discuss something signifcant like who will win the Superbowl or will Shanahan actually turn the Skins around.

Posted by: laybackeddie | January 7, 2010 7:56 AM

dumb poll - he should lose his contract

nba is the only pro sport where the college level plays a better game

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 7, 2010 8:01 AM

Hold up! What about Crittenton? Not to diminiss at all what Arenas did, but the guy who actually put a bullet in the chamber is off free?! Am I missing something here?

Posted by: JeanJak | January 7, 2010 8:30 AM

Yes he did deserve it. The "indefinite" part is also appropriate -- let him sweat a bit. Don't let this be another "well, a few games, a few thousand dollars" kind of walk. Michael Vick paid a big price for barbaric behavior. I don't think that this rises to that level. But, none the less, how do you punish someone making $11M a year? Clip his wallet big time. Make him think about the laws he, like mere mortals, must obey. An let him stew about the example he sets for our youth and our society which, by the way, is the only reason he can make that much money.

Posted by: DOps | January 7, 2010 8:55 AM

Giving pro athletes, the majority of whom are young African-American males, more money then they’ve ever seen in their lives and expecting them to act accordingly is crazy. Most people kiss their behinds everyday and tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need to know, learn, maintain and grow. Character and wisdom do not come with their $111million contracts. If you are fortunate enough to get a pro contract make sure your entourage includes a few wise souls to help guide you so you won’t mess up your blessing.=

Posted by: love2much SE | January 7, 2010 9:06 AM

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Posted by: RCinMaryland | January 7, 2010 9:10 AM

Maybe Arenas was confused and thought he worked for the NRA rather than the NBA.

A lot of these posts complain about the suspension being indefinite, but Stern probably felt he needed to get Arenas off the court immediately until he could figure out exactly what the penalty should be. 'Indefinite' could be anywhere from one game to forever, though I doubt that. In the NBA, you can try to strangle your coach and still get to play again. Crittenton should be suspended, too.

Posted by: typedancer | January 7, 2010 9:37 AM

He is a thug. The NBA is like all professional sports in that they coddle these supposed athletes. This is how they grew up and all they know. Once they get the money they feel invinsable. If it was the working joe he would be in jail already.

Posted by: stevenewales | January 7, 2010 9:50 AM


Gilbert is far from a Thug. In fact he's a good guy. He's just an IDIOT. That's it and that's all. IDIOT.

Don't make it into Gil's a thug. That just is not accurate. Gil wouldn't kill a fly.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 7, 2010 10:00 AM

First of all for all of you on here defending Gilbert you are part of the problem with these athletes today!!! How can you say that we have a constitutional right to have guns and relate that to what Gilbert has done! Let's put it this way if that was anyone of us that brought our weapon on our job site in D.C that has strict handgun laws; we would get fired and have our behinds in jail. Then to show even more disregard for authority he going make dumb twitter statements and mock shooting his teammates. Hey Gil!!! C'MON SON!!!!

Posted by: GEORGELJOHNSON | January 7, 2010 10:35 AM

wackos can bring assault rifles to appearances with the president, but an athlete cannot bear arms. why am i so confused?

Posted by: praagps | January 7, 2010 10:38 AM

He deserves to be suspended for the gun incident. As for the thing before the game in Philly...meh. I love a good topical reference.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 7, 2010 10:41 AM

The most severe punishment should be reserved for a loaded weapon. So far, it appears that the only weapon that was loaded was Crittendon's. The whole joke changed at that moment.

Posted by: JoeTink | January 7, 2010 11:00 AM

For any of you out there you have the slightest notion that David Stern over reacted. That some how this is no big deal. I want you to get up Friday morning and go to your job, walk in and sit a couple of un registered, unloaded hand guns near you desk visible for all people to see and watch what the reaction of your boss and fellow colleagues would be………..if you are lucky it is go home and don’t come back. Most people would call the police.

Posted by: ljonesjr | January 7, 2010 11:16 AM

All NBA players should be required to carry guns into the locker rooms, and all fans should pack their heat into every game. Then they could defend themselves.

Posted by: guitar1 | January 7, 2010 11:36 AM

It doesn't really matter what any of us think. It's not our decision. I often hate debating topics like this because there's not much we can do about it.

Arenas, in my opinion, didn't show bad judgment because he put some thought into it and decided he wanted to keep the guns away from his children. He was actually showing some prudence. Maybe putting them in the trunk of his car before entering the locker room might have been a better idea, though. And, I can't blame any athlete for wanting to carry, lest they turn into another Sean Taylor.

Now, I don't know the newly approved law, but is carrying a handgun now legal in D.C. as long as you have a carry permit? If so, then the issue is strictly between him and his employer. That said, indefinite suspension doesn't make sense given that Michael Vick was convicted of a felony, went to jail, paid his debt to society, came back to play, and, G-d forbid, has a chance to win a Super Bowl ring (as a lifeling Giants fan, I sure hope not).

Posted by: bucinka8 | January 7, 2010 11:46 AM

In the USA - 48 out of 50 states have concealed weapon carry permits and you can take your gun to work (among other places). Handguns are no longer illegal to possess in DC, but you must register with the city. His guns were registered in VA. He made a mistake and should face the consequences (5 to 10 game suspension in my opinion) let's not crucify him because he worked very hard, became an elite NBA player and is compensated accordingly. BTW - a 10 game suspension will cost him 1.5 million dollars.

Posted by: ljack666 | January 7, 2010 12:28 PM

Why can't athletes and high profile people be privy to metal detectors and security checks for weapons? If this had been a truthful and serious issue, we would have been reading about one teammate possibly taking the life of another. Only in America can the rich and famous get away with crimes that we average working-class people can not. What are owners and sport franchises waiting for, for their team to be the first to have bad publicity of a death of a team mate by another or are they waiting for another owner's team to be the first before they exercise better judgement within professional sports. Athlete already can't be told what to do by their coaches, as well as owners, but when are they going to take a stand before its too late? This is beginning to take place in all professional sports.

Posted by: egra | January 7, 2010 12:53 PM

No problem with a suspension but I think a time frame (5-10 games) should have been specified in a "pending" position. That would allow Arena's due process rights to take place and still give Stern leeway to lengthen the suspension if criminal charges were assessed. His actions were wrong and penalties due, yet I can't help but wonder how Stern would have responded if the player were Kobe or LeBron or Dirk Nowitski - players who if were suspended would affect NBA dollars? Or maybe even Arenas himself before his injury when he was a 1st rate all-star?

Posted by: countmaurice | January 7, 2010 1:38 PM

Unfortunately we live in an hypocritical society were we say things like "it's the law" but when it comes to certain folks, they don't apply. Arenas "a kid still", is in a fix, where they created him, but now, they will destroy him. taking away his lively hood, (one hundred million Dollars). I hope a jury of his peers means they earn, and have a life style of an Arenas, or they will never understand his thinking.
Let us, in all of our "off with his head" mentality remember the "boy" we loved to cheer, and call "Agent 0" Playing a child's game. What led him up to this point, not realizing it was wrong?? Him, and others at that level,where mostly all of us have never been, and never will be, (not even remotely). man, pro-action, and not re-action, needs to be strongly exhibited, in these young millionaires lives.

letitrain1 out

Posted by: letitrain1 | January 7, 2010 2:35 PM

Gilbert Arenas is drunk on power. Power that lots of money and fame gives you. (at least in your own mind) He didn't attach any significance to what he did because with so much POWER, he usually doesn't have to answer to his actions. He just found out that he's not so powerful anymore. Without gettin' the paycheck or playing the game of fame, he's just another guy who doesn't know how to act.
Ya think he'll learn a lesson with this? Naw!

Posted by: realneil | January 7, 2010 3:53 PM

He does not deserve to be suspended for so long. But he is a loser and the Wizards and their fans deserve to have a real leader instead of this clown.

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Posted by: bill568136 | January 8, 2010 12:45 PM

The Wizards management should have taken control of the situation immediately after the incident. After all, Arenas is an employee. They should have called him in to tell him the seriousness of the situation. He should have been told immediately to say nothing to the press. He should have shut up and said nothing, and should not have been allowed to say anything about the situation except about the game and basketball. I blame the coach, the GM and the owners for not taking the situation in hand immediately. Instead they allowed Arenas to spout off his usual 'first thing that comes to mind' comments.

Posted by: rickgonz | January 9, 2010 11:03 AM

Enough of this Arenas culture. The only way to take DC off the murder capital of the world list is to put the word out and get serious about respect for the laws and rules and make Gilbert the example of what will happen if people don't wake up. We ain't gonna take it anymore. Our prisons are full of so-called nice guys who never hurt a flea before, but now they have to pull their time for breaking the law. And they won't get their jobs back either. Arenas should be banned permanently and sent to prison just like everybody else in DC that breaks the law. Whatever they do with this will have a great effect on young people. I hope the officials take advantage of this opportunity to set the standards for what they can expect. They can't have one standard for poor people and a different one for the rich and expect that to work. Enough already!

Posted by: Jackie18 | January 9, 2010 5:07 PM

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