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Shea
01-05-2010, 10:39 PM
Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas says he took unloaded guns from his locker in a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate.

Arenas released a written statement Monday after meeting with law enforcement officials. Arenas' lawyer says the player voluntarily met with prosecutors and detectives and answered every question during a two-hour interview.

In his statement, Arenas repeated his assertion that he brought four guns to the Verizon Center to store in his locker in order to get them out of his house and away from his children. He said he mistakenly believed that recent changes in District of Columbia law made it legal for him to store unloaded guns there.

Arenas said he took the unloaded guns out of his locker on Dec. 21 "in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate." He denied threatening or assaulting anyone. The New York Post has reported that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other.

"Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong," Arenas said. "I should not have brought the guns to D.C. in the first place, and I now realize that there's no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns -- even if unloaded."

Two officials within the league who have been briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press on Saturday that the incident stemmed from a dispute over card-playing gambling debts and a heated discussion in the locker room.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/la-sp-newswire5-2010jan05,0,7045733.story?track=rss


What the hell was he thinking? :doh:

xfl2001fan
01-08-2010, 09:30 AM
Makes me wonder how hard the NBA is goign to come down on Delonte West once he's found guilty of his gun charges. If Arenas had shown some remorse (or sense) in this, he might still be playing for his overbloated contract. As it is, The Wizards get a great deal in that his contract is likely to come off the books and they can begin dismantling the team and rebuilding.

revefsreleets
01-08-2010, 09:39 AM
I don't believe for half a second that this was a joke...

SteelersinCA
01-08-2010, 09:57 AM
Why do millionaire's need guns anyway? Nice schools and neighborhoods are rough these days or what?

Nadroj 20
01-08-2010, 01:00 PM
Pretty stupid move by gilbert, he finally gets healthy enough to play and he has to stop because of pure stupidity :doh:

Steel_12
01-08-2010, 01:58 PM
Why do millionaire's need guns anyway? Nice schools and neighborhoods are rough these days or what?

Because they're targets everywhere they go.

SteelersinCA
01-08-2010, 02:59 PM
Because they're targets everywhere they go.

BS, they are targets in the ritzy neighborhoods? Targets at the best schools when they go pick up their kids? Targets when they shop at the nice stores in the nice neighborhoods?

Or targets because they wear 80k worth of jewelry to dance clubs or get robbed with 75k cash in their lap? Stupidity transcends all strata of society, some people make good decisions, others do not.

Lebron is on record as saying he doesn't own a gun, you mean to tell me that there is a bigger "target" than LBJ? LeBron makes solid decisions, he doesn't go to night clubs and put himself in situations where he could become a target. Arenas is a dumbass and so is every other idiot that has that kind of money and puts themselves in unnecessarily retarded situations.

Steel_12
01-08-2010, 03:12 PM
BS, they are targets in the ritzy neighborhoods? Targets at the best schools when they go pick up their kids? Targets when they shop at the nice stores in the nice neighborhoods?

Or targets because they wear 80k worth of jewelry to dance clubs or get robbed with 75k cash in their lap? Stupidity transcends all strata of society, some people make good decisions, others do not.

Lebron is on record as saying he doesn't own a gun, you mean to tell me that there is a bigger "target" than LBJ? LeBron makes solid decisions, he doesn't go to night clubs and put himself in situations where he could become a target. Arenas is a dumbass and so is every other idiot that has that kind of money and puts themselves in unnecessarily retarded situations.

Yes they are targets WHEREVER they go. Home invasions happened to NBA players and NFL players. Were they wearing they're 80k worth of jewelry then? I doubt it. There are haters everywhere and crazy haters will go that extra mile to get what you got. A celebrity would be dumb to not want to protect themselves...be it bodyguards or being strapped.

It doesn't matter if you have a million dollars in your pockets, you don't deserve to be robbed. That's BS...how is trying to be a normal person a bad decision? Going to the club in your early 20s shouldn't have to stop because you make money. They shouldn't be criticized for wanting to be normal...the haters and criminals should be criticized.

LeBron is LeBron...you can't expect all athletes to stay in the house because LeBron does. LeBron isn't the type to go out and have fun...he's a family man now so it would be dumb for him to go out. Most young athletes don't have a fam so staying in the house to play the Wii with your homeboy is out of the question.

Millionaire or Hundredaire, it doesn't matter IMO. Nobody deserves to be robbed.

SteelersinCA
01-08-2010, 06:46 PM
That's the price of fame, there is a trade off, if they aren't willing to accept it, stop playing. You thrust yourself into the limelight, if that means you gotta stay home there is a solution, take yourself out of the limelight.

xfl2001fan
01-08-2010, 06:54 PM
That's the price of fame, there is a trade off, if they aren't willing to accept it, stop playing. You thrust yourself into the limelight, if that means you gotta stay home there is a solution, take yourself out of the limelight.

Thank you. I agree that nobody deserves to be robbed, but there is a price to pay for fame and riches. Nothing in live comes without some cost. Whether it's the price of freedom or the price of fame. It will cost you something.

Fine, Arenas wants to own guns. I have no objections to him having them. I'm not a member of the NRA, but as a Soldier, any honest citizen has the right to bear arms. However, if you want to get the guns out of the house, sell them to a teammate, give them to the police or give them to family members. Anything other than taking them to your place of work, where it's illegal to keep them.

Then, make sure that you don't do a misguided "joke" in pulling out the unloaded gun on a teammate when you have welched on a bet. Pulling a gun out is never funny. EVER. You want to own them fine..but be a responsible gun owner. Insinuating that you'll use it will never go over well with any self-respecting person. Pull an unloaded gun on me...I'm throwing down. Period. Pull a loaded gun, it's to the death right then and there.

Good by Gilbert.

SteelersinCA
01-08-2010, 08:05 PM
Maybe he thought he'd get robbed in the Arena?

Steel_12
01-09-2010, 08:50 PM
That's the price of fame, there is a trade off, if they aren't willing to accept it, stop playing. You thrust yourself into the limelight, if that means you gotta stay home there is a solution, take yourself out of the limelight.

I disagree...even people who aren't famous get robbed. They have a right to protect themselves just like people who aren't famous. It isn't right for anybody to have to stay couped up in the house because crazy people are out there. That still doesn't solve the problem of home invasions though...should they not have guns then either?

Shea
01-09-2010, 10:49 PM
I get that there's going to be a gun debate about this, or about any situation dealing with firearms. But to me what I found fascinating about this story, is not only the stupidity of these two bringing guns into the locker room, but actually using them in a manner of intimidation. Serious stuff.

What I also find interesting is Arena's behaviour afterwards. His interviews after the fact making light of the situation, and also strongly emphasizing that he did nothing wrong. Then came this gem:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/arenas-teammates500.jpg

How stupid could you be? You would think there would be someone in his camp that would have pulled him aside and chewed his ass until he realized how much the commissioner wouldn't find ANY of this funny and that he was (no pun intended) shooting himself in the ass with his actions and was in some serious trouble with the league.

But then again I don't really follow basketball, for all I know Arena's has been and will always be stupid. :shake01:

SteelersinCA
01-10-2010, 12:06 PM
I disagree...even people who aren't famous get robbed. They have a right to protect themselves just like people who aren't famous. It isn't right for anybody to have to stay couped up in the house because crazy people are out there. That still doesn't solve the problem of home invasions though...should they not have guns then either?

I think you are getting a little far afield, no one is advocating people getting robbed, nor is anyone arguing against gun ownership. However, NEITHER of those situations happened here. Arenas is an idiot, plain and simple. Can he own guns? Sure. Does this have anything to do with him owning a gun? Not at all.

Since you brought up home invasions though, it is clear you see my point. Certain decisions need to be made in order to protect yourself, whether famous or not. If you feel you have to carry a gun to go somewhere, my argument is, you shouldn't be going there. Would you not lock your windows in your house? Would you leave the doors open for people to come in? Would you leave your garage door open so anyone could walk in and take whatever they want? Chances are no. So why would you put yourself in the position of having to carry a gun?

What Arenas did is dumb and makes no sense, there are no excuses for it. He was in zero danger at the arena, unless you can show me someone who get robbed at the stadium.

Steel_12
01-11-2010, 01:35 PM
I think you are getting a little far afield, no one is advocating people getting robbed, nor is anyone arguing against gun ownership. However, NEITHER of those situations happened here. Arenas is an idiot, plain and simple. Can he own guns? Sure. Does this have anything to do with him owning a gun? Not at all.

Since you brought up home invasions though, it is clear you see my point. Certain decisions need to be made in order to protect yourself, whether famous or not. If you feel you have to carry a gun to go somewhere, my argument is, you shouldn't be going there. Would you not lock your windows in your house? Would you leave the doors open for people to come in? Would you leave your garage door open so anyone could walk in and take whatever they want? Chances are no. So why would you put yourself in the position of having to carry a gun?

What Arenas did is dumb and makes no sense, there are no excuses for it. He was in zero danger at the arena, unless you can show me someone who get robbed at the stadium.

True, neither situation happened but athletes have seen other athletes get robbed in their own home (Sean Taylor, Eddy Curry, Antoine Walker and one of the Giants players which is why Plax had his gun), driving down the street (Jax player forgot his name), pumping gas (Vernon Forrest), Mendenhall got robbed just walking down the street, etc. They would be naive to not have their own weapon or a security team. They put themselves in that position every time they leave the house as you can see. So in order for them to stay away from those places (which are common places to go), they would have to stay in the house.

I'm not advocating what Arenas did by any means but I understand why he had a gun(s). Why he took them to the arena? He says it's because of his newborn...which I don't fully believe.

revefsreleets
01-11-2010, 02:36 PM
I think you are getting a little far afield, no one is advocating people getting robbed, nor is anyone arguing against gun ownership. However, NEITHER of those situations happened here. Arenas is an idiot, plain and simple. Can he own guns? Sure. Does this have anything to do with him owning a gun? Not at all.

Since you brought up home invasions though, it is clear you see my point. Certain decisions need to be made in order to protect yourself, whether famous or not. If you feel you have to carry a gun to go somewhere, my argument is, you shouldn't be going there. Would you not lock your windows in your house? Would you leave the doors open for people to come in? Would you leave your garage door open so anyone could walk in and take whatever they want? Chances are no. So why would you put yourself in the position of having to carry a gun?

What Arenas did is dumb and makes no sense, there are no excuses for it. He was in zero danger at the arena, unless you can show me someone who get robbed at the stadium.

Thug life, baby.

No offense to anyone, but these guys are all from the hood and they think this gives them street cred or something. How many white NBA players do you think carry their gat with them to games?

SteelersinCA
01-11-2010, 03:01 PM
Thug life, baby.

No offense to anyone, but these guys are all from the hood and they think this gives them street cred or something. How many white NBA players do you think carry their gat with them to games?

I would like to believe a very small percentage of athletes, white, black, brown or yellow carry guns with them.

revefsreleets
01-11-2010, 03:15 PM
I would like to believe a very small percentage of athletes, white, black, brown or yellow carry guns with them.

You're welcome to suspend your disbelief in any way you like...

But I think we both know the truth here....

Steel_12
01-11-2010, 03:57 PM
Thug life, baby.

No offense to anyone, but these guys are all from the hood and they think this gives them street cred or something. How many white NBA players do you think carry their gat with them to games?

You don't know anything about thug life or Arenas so you can kill that noise. Arenas has never been in trouble with the law (before now) and I'm sure the majority of the black players in the NBA hasn't either. Arenas has a family so he doesn't care about street cred. He made a dumb decision.

I know this term gets thrown around loosely but that was a racist statement...just because you put "no offense to anyone" doesn't make it ok. I know you're the type of person to stir up shit on this forum but that was low...even for you. But I'm sure you wouldn't call a black person a thug to their face...especially one that you don't even know. It's just amazing how some (SOME) white people think they have black people figured out.

I bet you're the type to say, "I'm not racist, I have black friends". But I say :blah: to that bullshit! And since I'm on your precious ignore list, I hope somebody copies this for you.

Steel_12
01-11-2010, 04:06 PM
I would like to believe a very small percentage of athletes, white, black, brown or yellow carry guns with them.

I would think so too...they wouldn't be smart if they didn't.

revefsreleets
01-11-2010, 06:01 PM
Ahhh...steel 12 chimed in.

I'm sure he called me a racist. Predictable and rudimentary nonsense....white guilt.

Steel_12
01-12-2010, 08:22 AM
Ahhh...steel 12 chimed in.

I'm sure he called me a racist. Predictable and rudimentary nonsense....white guilt.

I sure did...white guilt, huh? You wouldn't say none of this shit to a black man's face. Lol I love when people show their true colors!!!