NBA star Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely after a much-publicized incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a teammate in the locker room.
The Washington Wizards player will not be suiting up - or getting paid - until further notice. In a statement this afternoon, NBA commissioner David Stern said:
"Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game."
"Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA."
Arenas is under investigation for bringing guns to the Wizards' facility, the Verizon Center, and getting into a standoff with teammate Javaris Crittenton.
It's nice to see in this photo, taken before Tuesday night's win over the 76ers, that Gilbert Arenas and his teammates are taking the situation so seriously.
The star, who turns 28 today, is thought to have had four unlicensed guns in his possession and will likely face a grand jury investigation for the incident.
On December 24, Arenas is believed to have laid his guns out and told Crittenton to pick one and make good on a threat stemming from a card game.
Crittenton joked about what happens to people who don't honor debts, and Arenas, a practical joker, may have responded this way in hopes of diffusing any tension.
It did not. Instead, Crittenton, apparently also strapped, became enraged and the two ended up drawing on each other. Suffice it to say, the suspension is warranted.