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Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

Posted on: December 24, 2009 3:49 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2009 10:49 pm
 

The NBA and Washington Wizards are investigating Gilbert Arenas for storing firearms in his locker, which would be a violation of the league's gun policy.

After CBSSports.com first reported the incident Thursday, the Wizards released a statement saying that Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a locked container in his locker. The guns were not accompanied by ammunition, the team said. But under league guidelines collectively bargained between the players and owners, players are not permitted to carry firearms on league property or during league business. Arenas, who was previously suspended one game in 2004-05 for violating the NBA's weapons policy, could face league discipline regardless of whether the guns in his locker were loaded. NBA policy does not differentiate between loaded and unloaded guns, according to a person familiar with the guidelines.

“The Wizards organization and Arenas promptly notified the local authorities and the NBA, [and] are cooperating fully with law enforcement during its review of this matter," the team said in its statement.

A person familiar with the probe said the investigation "will be concluded shortly," and that no criminal charges have been filed. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement permits players to legally possess firearms only when they are not on league property or conducting league business.

"We're aware of the situation and are working to gain a full understanding of the facts and relevant legal issues," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

Arenas told the Washington Times that the incident occurred around December 10, when he moved the weapons from his home to his lock box at Verizon Center after his daughter was born.

"I decided I didn't want the guns in my house and around the kids anymore, so I took them to my lock box at Verizon Center," Arenas told the newspaper. "Then like a week later, I turned them over to team security and told them to hand them over to the police, because I don't want them anymore. I wouldn't have brought them to D.C. had I known the rules. After my daughter was born, I was just like, 'I don't need these anymore.'”

In 2006, Sebastian Telfair was fined an undisclosed amount after a loaded handgun registered to his girlfriend was found on the team plane at Logan Airport in Boston when Telfair played for the Trail Blazers. Cavaliers guard Delonte West has been indicted on multiple weapons counts in Maryland for riding on his motorcycle Sept. 17 with two loaded handguns, a shotgun, 112 shotgun shells, and an 8.5-inch knife.
 
Arenas was suspended for the 2004-05 season opener after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of failing to maintain proper registration for a firearm in California while with the Warriors in 2003. The fact that he is a repeat offender could affect the severity of his punishment.

The issue of gun possession is a controversial topic in D.C., where a zero-tolerance ban on firearms possession – even with a license – was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 as a violation of the Second Amendment.

“Anything that involves a firearm in the District of Columbia is a serious issue,” said the person familiar with the Arenas investigation.

Officer Quintin Peterson, spokesman for the Washington, D.C., police department, told the Associated Press he was not aware of an active investigation regarding Arenas.

Gun possession has become a serious concern for NBA commissioner David Stern, who before the 2006 season urged players to keep their guns at home.

“It’s a pretty, I think, widely accepted statistic that if you carry a gun, your chances of being shot by one increase dramatically,” Stern said at the time. “We think this is an alarming subject, that although you’ll read players saying how they feel safer with guns, in fact those guns actually make them less safe. And it’s a real issue.”

The issue of athletes and guns rose to a new level of concern when New York Giants received Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg with an illegal handgun he carried into a crowded nightclub in 2008. Burress lost most of his $35 million contract and is serving a two-year prison sentence.

Arenas, in the second year of a six-year, $111 million contract, has been trying to regain his All-Star form after a series of knee injuries limited him to 15 games over the past two seasons. The Wizards (10-17), expected to be one of the top contenders in the East, are off to one of the most disappointing starts in the league.
Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2009 9:33 am
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

So many of these poster jackasses rally around the wrong role model. Yea sure Gilbert Arenas did the "right" thing. NO...your wrong it was against the NBA rules which he was clearly aware of, plus he has previous bad judgment with guns that got him into trouble.. Reminds me of all the folks that rallied around Rodney King back in the early '90's. You wonder why these folks have so many problems and issues. Their role models are criminals. Gilbert Arenas is an idiot just for the fact of having these handguns he doesn't know how to care for correctly. Good thing he did get them out of the house before his little daughter finds them and starts playing with them. Then this would have been tragic. I say fine him and move on. Prison is just a burden for us tax payers that play by the rules and have to pay for these morons and their retarded ways. The Wizards will never amount to anything with these idiots on their team. I can see some of his team mates being scared of this guy now. Which is what all these thugs and bangers want anyways. To them its a badge of honor having guns, having 12 kids with 4 females, brining up children in a scary environment with pit bulls and dubious posses. Good luck after basketball Gilbert, thats when the crap hits the fan cause nobody will care about you once your done. Just ask Dennis Rodman.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2009 8:16 am
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

I agree that getting rid of them was the right thing to do, but why did he need them in the first place....In fact why does anyone need a handgun?  Don't give me the B.S. about it's our constitutional right...blah blah blah.  The Constitution was written almost 250 years ago when guns were a part of survival (and I don't mean to shoot people, but to hunt for food). 

As far as Arenas as a player, I can't stand the way he plays.  I can't believe people on this blog actually think he is good.  The guy comes down the court, dribbles around and then shoots.  I lived in DC for 4 years and I hated going to Wizards games because of Arenas.  He is the most overrated player in the league.  He obviously doesn't suck but he will never be a winner because of his selfishness.  Just look at the Wizards...they have three All stars on their team...yet they still suck balls.  Seriously has their ever been a team with so many individually talented players that have this bad of a record?




Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2009 7:58 am
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

"I decided I didn't want the guns in my house and around the kids anymore, so I took them to my lock box at Verizon Center," Arenas told the newspaper. "Then like a week later, I turned them over to team security and told them to hand them over to the police, because I don't want them anymore. I wouldn't have brought them to D.C. had I known the rules. After my daughter was born, I was just like, 'I don't need these anymore.'”

Bigpapae learn to read you illiterate piece of garbage



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2009 4:23 am
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

Did you read the article or just the headline?  He was doing the right thing by taking his guns out of his house to prevent any accidents, put them in a locked box in a secure building without ammo and then turned them over to the teams security team to turn them into the police to  dispose of the firearms.  So, how does this make him a thug or a banger.  Nothing in this article indicates any illegal ownership or violation of any law.  He violated an NBA rule by bring a firearm onto the property.  He was trying to avoid any kind of incident with his firearms.  HE DID THE RIGHT THING!


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Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2009 3:13 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2009 1:06 am
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

soccer, just because he donates money to charity does not mean he is a great person.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it is in a lot of players' contracts that they have to donate money.  And also, if one guy makes 10 mil a year, and donates 5 grand, and another guy makes 60 grand a year, and donates a 1000, does it make the guy who donated 5 grand a better person?  hell no.  in fact, it doesnt mattter how much money you donate, as long as you donate.

As for this incident.  It's just stupid of him.  Someone on here stated that arenas was bringing them from his house and told security to get rid of them???  where is all of this info coming from?  But, either way, what an idiot.   Not saying he's a bad person because of this...but an idiot...yes.



Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2009 11:39 pm
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

I don't think it is a big deal that he owns a gun or carries it but i don't know why he had it in his locker thats just stupid. He should of thought twice about givin it to security to give to the police. Gilbert is far from a thug not like he was in a stip club carrying a loaded gun.
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Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2009 10:07 pm
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

another dumb brother!!!!




Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2009 10:03 pm
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

Read the story before reading the comments.



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2009 9:54 pm
 

Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe

I wonder what he was planning on doing with it


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