Must we reiterate this, every action has a reaction. Gilbert Arenas definitely won’t be the last athlete to be made an example of. You would think people would know better. However, if they did, they’d do better, right?
As of today, Gilbert Arenas has now been charged with felony gun possession.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession, a crime that carries a maximum five years in jail and a fine, authorities said. The charge was announced Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District.
Arenas’s attorney and prosecutors had been negotiating a plea deal during the day and it was not immediately clear whether the filing of charges was a part of the deal. Court officials said they had been told to prepare to have Arenas in Superior Court on Friday.
The U.S. Attorney’s office alleged that on Dec. 21, Arenas “did carry, openly and concealed on or about his person, in a place other than his dwelling place, place of business or on other land possessed by him, a pistol, without license issued pursuant to law.”
The guns became an issue after Arenas and Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton got into an argument after a card game and Crittenton allegedly said he should shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee, sources have said. Days later on Dec. 21, after a practice at Verizon Center, Arenas placed the guns on a chair next to Crittenton’s locker with a note that said “pick one.”
A grand jury began hearing testimony in the case on Jan. 5. But it was not immediately clear whether Thursday’s charges came from the grand jury or directly from prosecutors.
Arenas’s attorney, Kenneth L. Wainstein, could not immediately be located and prosecutors so far have not commented.
Also Thursday, D.C. and Arlington police searched Crittenton’s home looking for the gun he reportedly used in the locker room confrontation with Arenas, according to sources familiar with the investigation and court papers.
Do you feel he’s being judged accordingly, or is this punishment a bit harsh? Inquiring minds would like to know.