Friday , Aug , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas to miss Wizards’ season opener

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas
will serve a one-game suspension during his team’s 2004-05 season opener.

Arenas received the suspension from the NBA on Friday after pleading no
contest to a misdemeanor charge of failing to maintain proper handgun
registration while he was living in California in 2003. At that time, Arenas
was a member of the Golden State Warriors.

“While I had a valid registration in Arizona, I did not have a registration in
California” said Arenas in a statement released by the team. “It was an
oversight on my part, I have dealt with the situation and I’m moving forward.”

The 22-year-old Arenas — who will begin the second of a six-year, $65 million
contract with the Wizards this upcoming season — will not play against the
Memphis Grizzlies on November 3.

In 55 games last year, Arenas averaged 19.6 points and 5.0 assists for the