The Washington Wizards NBA basketball team used to be named the Washington Bullets. It was believed the name ‘Bullets’ promoted gun violence and in an area with such high crime rates as Washington DC, the decision was made to clean up the name and hopefully the image. Unfortunately for the NBA, the Wizzards, and the city of DC, a recent action has cast a very negative light on that image. Forbes online reports:
Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton reportedly drew guns on each other during a locker-room argument over a gambling debt. Crittenton became angry at Arenas for refusing to make good on a gambling debt, according to a New York Post report citing an unidentified source. That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then grabbed for a gun, league security sources told the Post. The newspaper said the dispute occurred Dec. 24, and Arenas denied pulling a gun on Crittenton.
On Tuesday, Washington police said they were investigating a report that weapons were found inside a Verizon Center locker room. On Friday, D.C. police said it was assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the investigation. Players’ union executive director Billy Hunter called the matter “unprecedented in the history of sports.” “I’ve never heard of players pulling guns on each other in a locker room,” he told the Post.