Grand Jury to Investigate Gilbert Arenas

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Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards is known as Agent Zero, a nickname presumably derived his uniform number ... or his total number of brain cells.

The NBA star is in legal hot water after a prank gone awry. Perhaps he should have brought a squirt gun to work instead of keeping the real thing in his locker.

Arenas is set to meet with law enforcement officials today about a locker room dispute in which he supposedly pulled a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Here's the situation: Arenas admitted bringing three unloaded firearms to the Verizon Center, to get them out of the house and away from his kids at home.

But before a December 21 practice, he laid the guns on a chair, then told Crittenton to pick one and make good on a threat that stemmed from a card game on a late-night flight from Phoenix back to Washington two days earlier.

As the card game got more expensive, Crittenton joked about what happens to people who don't honor debts. Arenas has a reputation as a joker and laying out the guns may have been a way of trying to diffuse tension between the two.

Instead, the gesture enraged Crittenton, and according to the N.Y. Post and Yahoo! Sports, Arenas and Crittenton wound up drawing guns on each other.

"I can't speak on that," Arenas said, declining to elaborate.

"But if you know me, you've been here, I've never did anything (involving) violence. Anything I do is funny ... well, it's funny to me."

We'll see if local, federal and NBA officials agree.

Even if Arenas' legal headaches don't result in any charges, he still could face a lengthy suspension from NBA commissioner David Stern and/or tempt the Wizards to invoke a morals clause in the standard NBA player contract.

That could void the six-year, $111 million deal he signed in 2008.

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interesting. the last time an NBA player famously joked around with a gun, Jayson Williams shot and killed his limo driver. And as Williams boasts in his autobiography Loose Balls, while "horsing around" with a gun on his NJ estate he nearly shot NY Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet in the face. "We were taking turns shooting the .50-caliber Desert Eagle, the most powerful handgun in the world," he wrote. He then turned around while firing the gun...and then? "What I didn't realize was that Wayne was right in front of me, kneeling down to pick up one of the cartridges," Williams wrote. "So when I fired the gun, it must have been just a few inches from Wayne's face, 'cause the noise knocked him out cold." Funny stuff!!

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