Sunday , May , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gilbert Arenas Arrested

Just as I think that the NBA news has ground to a halt, a great story jumps out of nowhere and bites me on the butt. Word from the Washington Post today is that Gilbert Arenas and Awvee Storey have been arrested for disobeying the police. Although the Wizards have only commented to say that they currently have no comment, the incident is alleged to have taken place in Miami Beach at some point over the Memorial Day weekend.

Storey was blocking traffic in the middle of a busy street when an officer told him to get back to the sidewalk Saturday night, according to police reports. Storey didn’t get out of the street, and the officer arrested him and charged him with failure to obey a command.

While police were arresting Storey, Arenas got out of a vehicle and walked toward the arresting officers. According to reports, an officer told Arenas to get back in his vehicle, but he refused, saying he wanted to stand next to his teammate. The officer took Arenas into custody and charged him with resisting without violence.

Gilbert Arenas Arrested

Arenas’ intentions may have sounded honourable, but what follows in the story pretty much ruins that. What’s more, you have to wonder whether sticking up for Awvee Storey is really worth spending the night in a cell.

Arenas’ intentions may have sounded honourable, but what follows in the story pretty much ruins that. What’s more, you have to wonder whether sticking up for Awvee Storey is really worth spending the night in a cell.

 
As Arenas was being arrested, according to reports, he said, "You can’t arrest me. I’m a basketball player. I play for the Washington Wizards, and I’m not going to leave my teammate."
 

It may have sounded reasonable in his head, but it’s generally not the wisest thing to tell an officer that they can’t arrest you. While I’ve had no such experience with the authorities, I understand that they generally perceive such statements as a challenge. Live and learn, Gil.

CYE