Casino Watch Focus reported that Washington Wizard’s teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were alleged to have pulled guns on one another in the locker room after a gambling related dispute. The NBA does allow its players to own firearms, but they are prohibited from places like team locker rooms. Forbes is reporting that the NBA Commissioner has suspended Arenas from the NBA indefinitely:
A day after the Washington Wizards guard was photographed before a game in Philadelphia pointing his index fingers, as if they were guns, at his teammates, Stern warned the former All-Star that his conduct will “ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse.”
Arenas is under investigation by federal and local authorities after admittedly bringing guns to the Wizards’ locker room. Stern originally planned to wait to take action, but he tired of Arenas’ behavior. Though Arenas first apologized Monday for his poor judgment and promised “to do better in the future”, he also joked on Twitter about the incident and the media firestorm it created. That was exactly the wrong tact for Stern, whose league has taken another public relations hit.
Arenas has been suspended without pay and stands to lose millions this season. After his wallet was hit, Arenas finally offered a sincere apology for his actions. Forbes continues:
With each game he misses, Arenas will lose about $147,200 of the $16.2 million he will earn this season in the second of a six-year, $111 million contract. The punishment came on his 28th birthday.
“I feel very badly that my actions have caused the NBA to suspend me, but I understand why the league took this action,” Arenas said in a statement through his attorney. “I put the NBA in a negative light and let down my teammates and our fans. I am very sorry for doing that.”