In 1995, Abe Pollin changed the name of his NBA franchise from the Washington Bullets to the Wizards because the "violent overtones" of bullets were upsetting.
One can only imagine how Pollin, who passed away a little over a month ago, would have reacted to this story about the Wizards' all-star player, Gilbert Arenas.
Arenas and a teammate, Javaris Crittenton, drew guns on each other during a Christmas Eve locker room argument over a gambling debt, according to reports.
Last week, the Wizards and Arenas acknowledged he stored unloaded firearms in a container in his locker, and the NBA said it was looking into the situation.
Arenas admitted he stores guns at the Verizon Center because he didn't want them in his house after his child's birth. But did he pull one on a teammate?
During that investigation, a dispute between Arenas and Crittenton - allegedly over the former not making good on a gambling debt - was revealed.
Confronted over money he allegedly owed, Gibert Arenas pulled a gun on Javaris Crittenton (0 and 8), who then also grabbed for a gun, the New York Post says.
Asked by the newspaper about the confrontation, Arenas denied pulling a gun on Crittenton. Arenas responded with a flurry of messages on Twitter, such as:
"I understand this is serious stuff ... but if u ever met me you know i dont do serious things im a goof ball this story today dont sound goofy to me."
That sounds like a denial ... sort of?
At practice Friday, Arenas declined to answer questions about the incident, but he did tell local TV station WJLA: "I like the story, it's intriguing."
Then, in response to questions whether anything had taken place between him and Crittenton, Arenas said: "I don't know." Well, that settles that.
"This is unprecedented," Billy Hunter of the NBA players' association said. "I've never heard of players pulling guns on each other in a locker room."
The Wizards "take this situation and the ongoing investigation very seriously," the team said. Washington, D.C., has some of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. The NBA allows players to legally possess firearms, but not at league facilities.