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Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

Posted on: January 6, 2010 2:37 pm
 
The legal process could take some time to play out, but time is almost up for Gilbert Arenas when it comes to another authority: NBA Commissioner David Stern.

With the stunning lack of judgment Arenas displayed Tuesday night, when he sprayed rollicking teammates with imaginary gunfire during the pregame huddle in Philadelphia, Arenas may have squandered any hope for leniency and accelerated disciplinary action from the league, multiple sources told CBSSports.com.

Stern, who had planned to wait until the legal process played out with regard to Arenas’ admitted possession of firearms in the Wizards’ locker room on Dec. 21, is now poised to take action – possibly as soon as this week, one of the sources said.

Under the NBA Constitution, Stern has the latitude to fine Arenas as much as $50,000 and suspend him for any length of time or indefinitely. Even Arenas’ supporters are bracing for a suspension ranging from 10 games – the automatic ban associated with a felony conviction – to as long as the rest of the 2009-10 season, an attorney familiar with the case said Wednesday.

With his pregame antics, captured in photos that began circulating online Tuesday night, Arenas also may have jeopardized a vigorous protest from the NBA Players Association, which also is stunned by Arenas’ conduct, sources said. When a smiling Arenas sprayed imaginary gunfire from his fingers as his teammates egged him on, the three-time All-Star created a snapshot of levity and utter disdain amid another serious and debilitating blow to the NBA’s public image. Even those charged with defending Arenas against Stern’s punishment are finding it increasingly difficult to defend his conduct, said one attorney familiar with the case.

Faced with what is believed to be the first instance in NBA history of a player bringing firearms to the workplace, Stern is said to be finding it difficult to delay disciplinary action until Arenas’ legal case is resolved. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury, an indication that Arenas could face a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. Two Washington law enforcement officials told CBSSports.com that a grand jury indictment would be required for the felony charge, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Misdemeanor charges – such as possession of an unregistered firearm – would not require a grand jury to convene.

In exchange for a guilty plea and Arenas’ cooperation with authorities, prosecutors may agree to request no jail time, one of the law enforcement officials said. But sentencing would be up to a judge, who could consider Arenas’ past record. In 2003 while with the Warriors, Arenas pleaded no contest to failing to maintain proper registration of a firearm in California.

As far as the NBA is concerned, it may already have all the information it needs to punish Arenas for violating Article VI, Section 9 of the collective bargaining agreement, which forbids players from possessing firearms on league property or during the course of league business. Arenas already has admitted publicly and to D.C. police detectives and prosecutors that he brought four firearms to the Wizards locker room and took them out of a locked container on Dec. 21.

One potential obstacle that has kept Stern from suspending and/or fining Arenas by now is his desire to follow due process and give Arenas the opportunity to explain his actions to NBA lawyers and security officials. The requirement for such cooperation on a player’s part typically is delayed if the player is in criminal jeopardy for the same offense.

The Wizards’ options for terminating Arenas’ contract, which has three years and $68 million remaining after this season, would be an “uphill battle,” according to an attorney familiar with termination provisions in the CBA. An exception to the “one penalty rule,” which states that players cannot be punished by the league and their team for the same offense, only applies “if the egregious nature of the act or conduct is so lacking in justification as to warrant such double penalty,” according to the CBA. An example of such conduct would be a violent attack against a team official other than a player, a clause that was added after Latrell Sprewell choked then-Golden State head coach P.J. Carlesimo in 1997.
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Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2010 2:56 am
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

If my name were "Gilbert" I could see myself taking extreme actions to gain respect too...



Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

This has nothing to do with gun rights.  Arenas has the right to own a gun.  Just as we all do.  You DO NOT though have the right to take that gun wherever you want.  In your home or car (in some states like Texas) not a problem, but you can not take that gun with you into your work place, even in the most gun liberal state of Texas.  I live in California, I can legally own as many guns as I want.  But if I brought that gun to my job I would of been fired that day.  IMMEDIATELY! 

The NRA has nothing to do with this topic, so they are intelligently staying out of the picture because Arenas' rights have not been denied. 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

I don't understand all the posts about "remorse." Most Americans believe in the individual right to self-defense, including the right to bear arms. There is nothing inherently wrong or evil about a handgun, especially a unloaded one.

Some comments mentioned "making light" of something that "kills people." By that standard, all joking is off-limits, because everything kills people. Police maim and kill innocent people routinely. People who say things like "only police should have guns" are fascists. Yet some people are guilty of irrational State-worship.

Yes, Arenas used bad judgment- mostly because of the consequences, not any actual moral issues. An unloaded handgun was not going to harm anyone, period. A gun on its own is not going to hurt anyone. He did not initiate force against another individual. he violated the rights of no one. Which is something that can't be said for most of the hypocrits commenting.

I don't know if all the comments are from anti-American "gun grabbers" or if they are by so-called "law and order" types who show their hypocrisy.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

With the stunning lack of judgment Arenas displayed Tuesday night, when he sprayed rollicking teammates with imaginary gunfire during the pregame huddle in Philadelphia,
If you're this much of a dumba$$, you deserve to be suspended.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

can someone plz tell me WTF is wrong with Gilbert Arenas? I really was cutting him a LITTLE slack for the whole incident, because it probably aint how it was reported, and NBA locker rooms are hang outs and safe havens. prob was bad joke. So i was giving benefit of doubt on bad judgment - ONCE!! Man it was an absolute horrible idea what he is doing. Just sit down and STFU for a couple of weeks. but all the comments on twitter and joking about the stuff in front of cameras - pointing fake guns and pretending 2 shoot?? I like Gilbert but dang he is proving to be an absolute embasile. and I dont want to hear my teammates wanted me 2 do it, in that case would you jump off a bridge?? Randy Foye wants to play more. That is just flat out spitting in the face of authority and making a complete mockery of a very serious issue, which I thought he got. Whether he did something wrong in his mind or not, there are just some things you have to have the common sense to refrain from. He has absolutely proved he doesnt have that. While at first I thought some of the twitter stuff was funny - he wouldnt stop. It aint funny no more and he is looking like a straight up ass clown. He is making it so David Stern has to do something and do something fast. I liked you gilbert, but boy nobody wants to be clown boy, and unfortunately that is you right now. When the music stops playing you are going to be the only clown left at the rodeo in the ring with the bull. Geez Gil I really hoped for better from you. But I guess you are one of those people that just dont get it, until it is 2 late. Where the heck are his parents, mentors, or someone right now...



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

Dear David Stern.

Don't be too hard on Gilbert.  He must have been confused and thought it was retro night and was bringing a prop to go along with his Bullets jersey.




Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

You would think that Arenas would be able to show some remorse and be on his "best behavior" with both legal charges and a potential lengthy suspension hanging over his head.  The fact that he met with the police and apologized to his teammates, coaches, the NBA, and his fans has no meaning to me at this point.  His statement was purely an example of a celebrity saying what his legal counsel advised him to do rather than genuinely being remorseful over his actions.  Arenas clearly is an unstable and volatile personality who can not be controlled by his coaches or front office.  The fact that his own teammates were egging him on rather than trying to stop him is more likely a move to get Stern to take action this week and suspend him.  It does not appear that Agent Zero has anyone in his corner from Wizards ownership or management at this point.  Stern and the NBA stand to lose all credibility the longer this thing plays out when it is clear that he violated league policy by bring unloaded guns into the lockerroom.  I'm a big Wizards fan, but expect Arenas to be suspended for at least 20 games.



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

Where is the NRA when Arenas needs them most?



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Arenas' conduct could accelerate Stern's wrath

I personally have nothing against Gilbert Arenas, but for him to make a mockery out of something that takes the lives of people everyday obviously demonstrates his level of maturity.  The man needs to grow up and "I'm just goofy" is not a defense!



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Suspend Arenas for a year! No tolerance.

It is too bad that Arenas is not happy enough to play a game and make millions to do it.  There should be no tolerance for this.  What would happen to any of us if we had a gun in our desk or locker at work?  I cannot imagine the punishment if any average joe actually had one and pulled it on a co-worker.

Ban Arenas for the year, send him to a firearm class, issue a real fine and not a 'slap on the hand fine' and then give him no tolerance for anything when he comes back.

I am sick of superstars and celebrities that cannot handle fortune and fame.  We the fans need to start making it hurt their pocketbook and speak up.  We control ticket sales, merchandise sales and every penny that goes in the pockets of these 'children' that call themselves superstars. 

I could care less if someone can make a basket, putt or touchdown, if they do not know how to carry themselves as a functioning human being with a little common sense.

Quit dragging your feet, Stern, and lay down the law.  Safety, sensebility and morals first...money second.


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