Why Gilbert Arenas Will Never Play in the NBA Again

January 6th, 2010 by Tim Healey Leave a reply »
Bringing a gun to work is serious business. This is especially true when you work in a city that has a handgun ban—and even more true when your workplace is a sports arena.

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas apparently doesn't think bringing a gun to work is serious business. He described his actions—in which he placed three unloaded guns on the chair of teammate Javaris Crittenton in reaction to a gambling dispute—as a joke. Whether he was telling the truth or not, it didn't go over so well.

Initially, the NBA and the Wizards were going to wait until the criminal investigation was concluded before issuing any suspensions, but Arenas' cavalier attitude toward the incident sped up the decision.

Apparently, everything started on a post-game flight two days prior, when Arenas and Crittenton got into an argument over a gambling debt. Arenas said he brought the guns to practice as a joke, but Crittenton responded angrily.

The NBA bans guns in team workplaces such as arenas or practice facilities, and the District of Columbia also has strong gun laws. Arenas thought that by unloading the guns he was complying with the ...

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