Arenas Suspended Indefinitely
We probably won’t be hearing from or seeing Gilbert Arenas for a very long time. The Commissioner has grown tired of his actions and dropped the banhammer on him as a result. Javaris Crittenton could be next, if published reports hold any truth.
Think of the worst birthday present you’ve ever gotten. It may have been some funky clothes or a toy you never wanted or, if you’re older, something that increased your number of "honey dos." You should be glad David Stern isn’t buying your presents. If he were, he might feel compelled to give you a box full of suspension like the one he gave Gilbert Arenas yesterday, saying that the Wizards point guard is "not currently fit to take the court."
Agent Zero’s 28th birthday will likely be one he won’t soon forget, since it marked the day he was sent home indefinitely for the nonsense surrounding his gun situation, which I won’t really get into since you’ve probably read enough on the subject to call yourself an expert. Just know that you shouldn’t be surprised if Arenas doesn’t see the court anymore this season. This should probably be the least of his worries, since DC authorities are considering pressing charges, which could lead to some sort of probation, jail time or the voiding of his astronomically huge and unearned contract.
If Gil hadn’t been making jokes on his Twitter account or play shooting his teammates, maybe he’d still be playing right about now. Hopefully, this abundance of free time will give him the opportunity to reflect on how all of this went down. People make mistakes, so I’m not willing to jump on him too hard, but there are at least a half dozen things that he could have done differently.
At least Arenas seems to now have a firmer grasp on what has taken place, evidenced by his latest released statement. Unlike the last one, this apology doesn’t sound like it was written by his lawyer:
"I feel very badly that my actions have caused the NBA to suspend me, but I understand why the league took this action. I put the NBA in a negative light and let down my teammates and our fans. I am very sorry for doing that.
While I never intended any harm or disrespect to the NBA or anyone else, my gun possession at the Verizon Center and my attempts at humor showed terrible judgment. I take full responsibility for my conduct.
Earlier today, I called Commissioner Stern to apologize, and I hope we will be able to talk soon. I look forward to the day I can return to basketball. In the meantime, I will focus on dealing responsibly with this serious situation and I will continue to cooperate fully with the investigations by law enforcement and NBA authorities."
Speaking of those authorities, Arenas reportedly told them that Javaris Crittenton did indeed have a gun of his own and it was loaded and cocked. This is, of course, a departure from the original story that Arenas was telling and something that could land Crittenton in some legal hot water of his own, not to mention some punishment from the league.
In case you’re wondering, Crittenton’s birthday was December 31.
Someone should probably tell him not to open any presents wishing him a happy belated birthday, especially if they’re from Stern.