Gilbert Arenas Officially Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge, Will Be Sentenced On March 26 [UPDATED]
What I know from Twitter reports & the D.C. Superior Court website (so far):
- Case: 2010 CF2 000904 United States Vs. ARENAS, GILBERT J
- Arenas pleads guilty to felony charge of “Carrying a Pistol Without a License [Outside Home or Place of Business]“
- Among other guns, the prosecution is saying that Arenas brought a .500 Magnum Silver Smith & Wesson revolver to the Verizon Center on December 21.
- Prosecution also says that Arenas threatened to “shoot [Crittenton] in the face during plane confrontation.”
- The government is recommending “low end” guidelines, which would include six months or less in prison (could be no time in prison, could be more time in prison – it is all up the the judge at this point).
- Arenas has been released and must surrender his passport and “refrain from possessing guns.”
- Sentencing for this case will be on March 26, 2010; the Wizards play the Bobcats in Charlotte on that date.
- The judge has declined to expedite sentencing to a sooner date. Evidently the judge was open to prior week, but Arenas’ lawyer was not available.
Links: Washington Post Story
UPDATE from ESPN.com:
[Prosecutor Chris] Kavanaugh, reading in court from a statement of facts that Arenas agreed to, said the charge stemmed from a Dec. 19 dispute with another player over a card game. Kavanaugh did not identify the other player, but authorities have searched the home of teammate Javaris Crittenton for a gun.
Kavanaugh said the disagreement developed during a team flight back from Phoenix. The other player offered to settle matters with a fist fight, but Arenas, 28, said he was too old for that and suggested he would instead burn the other player’s car or shoot him in the face. The argument on the plane ended with the other player saying he would shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired knee.
Two days later, Kavanaugh said, Arenas brought at least one gun to the Verizon Center in a black backpack. He laid out four guns on a chair in front of the other player’s locker with a sign saying, “Pick one.”
UPDATE – Statement from Wizards:
Gilbert Arenas has been a cornerstone of the Washington Wizards for six years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed in his actions that have led to the events of this afternoon. Gilbert used extremely poor judgment and is ultimately responsible for his own actions.
Video of Arenas & Media Vultures from NBC 4:
Comments include: “You think you’ll get the best deal Gil?”, “Good luck” and “Any comments for your fans Gil?” — Arenas remained silent.
View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.
Official Statement from Arenas’ lawyer, Ken Wainstein, a partner in the Washington, DC office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP:
Earlier this afternoon, Gilbert Arenas appeared before the Honorable Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and pled guilty to a charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license. He accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct. Mr. Arenas appreciates the professionalism of the authorities handling this matter.