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Arenas at one time owned 'hundreds of guns'

Jan 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

Remember the scene in Tremors, when they go into Michael Gross’ basement and there’s a gigantic weapons arsenal there? Welcome to Gilbert Arenas’ house. At least that’s the way it used to look when he owned “hundreds of guns,” as he admitted to investigators recently in a probe into weapons charges against the Washington Wizards star. It’s unclear if Arenas still owns enough firepower to take the Falklands from the British, but he did at one time, according to WTOP radio in Washington D.C.
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that Arenas’ lawyers are discussing a plea deal in which Arenas would admit to misdemeanor gun charges. That could come as early as today.


Arenas said all of his guns were legally owned, and he moved most of them out of his house before the incident at the Verizon Center, where he is said to have left four of them in front of the locker of teammate Javaris Crittenton. Investigators are saying that the guns were left there following a dispute bertween the two players over a card game. Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA last week. From WTOP:

The guns turned over to police include a so-called ‘Dirty Harry Revolver’ and a gold-plated Desert Eagle — which is so big and has such a powerful recoil — no law enforcement agency uses them.

From TMZ:

Our sources say Arenas’ lawyer and prosecutors are discussing a plea in which Arenas would cop to misdemeanor gun charges. We’re told a deal hasn’t been struck yet, but it could come as early as today.

Sources say the filing of charges would coincide with the plea, so it would all go down quickly. We do not know what they are discussing with respect to a sentence … the prosecutor would recommend a sentence but ultimately it’s the judge’s decision.

Meanwhile, Charles Barkley weighed in on Dan LaBatard’s Miami radio show:

“Should (Arenas) be penalized for doing something stupid? Of course, but I’m worried about the Wizards who are a horrible organization using this to save money. Gilbert Arenas did something really dumb and really stupid and I think David Stern, who is the best commissioner, has the right to suspend him but this notion that Gilbert Arenas should be kicked out of the league and lose 90 million dollars or be suspended for the whole year, I think it’s really easy for sportswriters to say that. Most of them are only making 50 to 100 thousand dollars per year. I think it’s really easy to give away somebody else’s 90 million dollars. Gilbert Arenas was wrong, but anybody who thinks this is a 90 million dollar penalty is an idiot and that goes for anybody.”

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Gilbert Arenas Wants to Cop a Plea [TMZ]
Sources: Arenas owned several hundred guns [WTOP]

112 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ricky-D - Jan 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Like they are doing in some European countries, making the fine fit the wallet of the perpetrator.
    Example: A speeding ticket in Germany amounted to $230K (yes thousand) dollars. The man fined was worth 50 to 60 million dollars.
    They ought to fine Arenas a half a million or more for what he
    did.
    Anything less and he and all his millionaire teammates would chalk it up as the cost of being famous.

  2. Rich - Jan 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Does Barkley have that post-traumatic concussion syndrome, or something? He seems to be saying that a person should not be fired for bringing 4 handguns to their workplace and leaving them on the desk of a co-worker they are involved in a dispute with. I’m trying to envision what would happen if I brought guns to work – oh yea, that’s right – I would be FIRED immediately! Arenas and Crittenton should be FIRED for having handguns in their workplace. Let them go play in Europe for awhile. 50% of NBA players are gang members or street thugs – Stern needs to clean it up if he expects law-abiding, middle-income families to patronize the sport.

  3. ikie12pts - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    If this kind of behavior keeps happening in the NBA, ten years from now the NBA will cease to exist. No adult, with family will attend these games or support it any way. It would be a joke, except that it isn’t funny AT ALL.

  4. Joseph - Jan 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Those of you who criticize Rich Chandler for “You should do a little basic reseach on these two guns” should do a little research of their own.
    As many have already pointed out, the classic Deseart Eagle is chambered for .50AE, .44 and .357 Mag. The DE has been available since the early 80′s, and the .50 AE has been around since 1988.
    If I were a betting man, I would bet Arenas first became aware of the DE .50 cal from the movie The Matrix (1999). The agents in the movie all carried a IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX.
    As to the “.. is so big and has such a powerful recoil — no law enforcement agency uses them” comment others have harped upon as another lack of research on Mr. Chandler’s part, you do realize he was quoting WTOP, a Washington news station, right?

  5. Joseph - Jan 15, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Those of you who criticize Rich Chandler for “You should do a little basic reseach on these two guns” should do a little research of their own.
    As many have already pointed out, the classic Deseart Eagle is chambered for .50AE, .44 and .357 Mag. The DE has been available since the early 80′s, and the .50 AE has been around since 1988.
    If I were a betting man, I would bet Arenas first became aware of the DE .50 cal from the movie The Matrix (1999). The agents in the movie all carried a IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX.
    As to the “.. is so big and has such a powerful recoil — no law enforcement agency uses them” comment others have harped upon as another lack of research on Mr. Chandler’s part, you do realize he was quoting WTOP, a Washington news station, right?

  6. Skids - Jan 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Yeah, you’ll be the first to scream for help when someone breaks in your home. Try going to a firearms class and learn the right way to own and use one, and keep your bleeding heart liberal sound bites to yourself. You might be surprised, everyone who owns one isn’t crazy.

  7. lorenzo brown - Jan 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Obviously, Ignorance is contagious in BLOG Nation. Charles Barkley speaks what a lot of people internally think. He made the point of “Stars in the league are not treated the same as non-stars” This is a very true statement. I don’t need to defend Sir Charles , he does that quite well himself. I just would appreciate that he be quoted correctly and in context. Whether Arenas ever get to play in the NBA again makes no difference to me.By the way the Ray Lewis scenario was in Atlanta not Florida. The underlying tone of these messages primarily deal with what Gilbert is being paid. What does that have to do with bringing guns to work? The young man made a grave error, and I sincerely hope the punishment fit the crime. If he does not take anything seriously then there are more issues to be considered. He will get his due in the court of law, because he broke the law and should pay for that alone aside from his ability to make a jump shot. Individual in BLOG Nation often times take the opportunity to spew vile upon the selected/special few that play major league sports. These are people working at a profession that pays slightly more than yours or mine.In this economy with the Banks about to grant millions in bonuses and screw everyone else, is that not a form of thuggery (they are robbing you without a gun. Misplaced priorities.

  8. BAJ - Jan 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    You mean certain black members of society, right?
    Just so you know, there are millions of law-abiding black citizens in this country that don’t engage in ANY of the things you just described. Some of ‘em are even NBA players who (of course) are too boring to write about, maybe BECAUSE they don’t fit the stereotype.
    I really wish that the fact that black Americans are 14% of the US population but 30% of the Armed Forces got this much attention. I really wish the fact that there are more black Americans in the Marine Corps OR the 82nd Airborne Division OR various services’ special forces AND in harm’s way RIGHT NOW was considered worth this much hype. I guess that’s never going to be as news-worthy (even to the sports section) as a clown with a gun.

  9. KrisJ - Jan 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Why are we fixated on how much money is involved here. It should be irrelevant. Here is what should happen to anyone who breaks laws and employment rules in a case like this. 1.Determine if a violation occurred. 2. Look at the penalties available and choose the appropriate punishment. 3. Take into consideration if it is a first time offense or a repeat offense. 4. If 1st time give a lighter punishment, If a repeat offender give more strict punishment. Note: This was a life threatening crime.
    Arenas has a gun violation already on his record. He brought 4 handguns to the arena. He challenged a co-worker to pick a gun after welshing on a bet worth thousands of dollars and then taunted the man about not paying him. He endangered himself and everyone else in the workplace. With the ownership of hundreds of guns (by his statement) there comes a responsibility and gathered knowledge as to rights and use of these firearms. If the incident escalated in the locker room the results could have been catastrophic, instead they were just illegal. His story as to how and when he brought the guns and that there are no bullets seems flimsy at best, and a fabrication in all probability. He had two weeks from the time he stated that he brought them to the workplace till the time of the incident and never turned them over to authorities as he stated was his intention. Unfortunately a duel required him to need the guns.
    Punishment I feel should be a one year suspension (82) games (especially due to his prior offense) and the largest monetary fine permissable, and community service of 1200 hours to be served over the next year. The Wizards should have the right to decide if he is the type of person they want in their organization. If they want to void the contract it should be their right. Arenas can use the next year to get his head together and join LeBron, D-Wade or anyone else on any team that wants him. He should not have a lifetime ban but he should not be forced on the Wizards who didn’t back his play. Thankfully they used common sense as best as can be determined by press reports. You’re not taking 90 million from him for he will probably sign elsewhere for near that amount anyway, but he ruined your season and endangered your franchise. It is plenty enough reason to void the contract. Good luck to Gilbert and thank god you have a talent that people are willing to pay to see and hopefully you will emerge from this with a lesson learned about privilege and responsibility.

  10. chris - Jan 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Joseph, So you are okay with someone in the media reporting on an important issue without verifying the information in the article? Would you like for physician to work on that same basis? Hopefull Rick did not wright any article on medicine. It would think that anyone who is paid to do a job should do it to the best of their ability and not copout when cought short. As far as doing basic researcg on the guns… I did and that is why I pointed out the mistake.

  11. azoomn - Jan 15, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    swschrad: Sorry but the term “go postal” is no longer current. The term that repalces it is “go muslim”.