Gilbert Arenas Pleads Guilty

January 17, 2010

Gilbert Arenas has plead guilty to one felony count of carrying a gun without having a license. The conviction comes with a possible sentence of up to 5 years in prison which will be dispensed in March. New details of what really happened the night of the incident were brought to light in the courtroom. Find out below.

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As we all know by now, Gilbert Arenas was involved in an armed incident in the Wizards’ locker room in December. Now, as Superstars so often seem to forget, Gilbert is finding out that he is not above the law. Pleading guilty earlier this week to a felony gun possession charge, the prosecution recommended that Arenas receive the minimum sentence of 6 months in prison. The Judge, however, made it abundantly clear that he was not bound by the prosecution’s recommendation, and that the maximum sentence was 5 years for the conviction. His previous misdemeanor gun possession charge will no doubt have some weight in the length of his sentence.

Adding insult to injury, Adidas has announced that they are cancelling their contract with Arenas, citing his plea. So Arenas is facing prison time and financial penalty one way or another. All over a gambling dispute??

And what about Crittenton? Javaris Crittenton was the other man involved in the incident and supposedly wielded a loaded gun of his own (although it was never found at the scene). Earlier this month I heard that he may be receiving a suspension, but nothing has materialized yet. Yes, he was provoked, but, if the stories are true, the man carried a loaded weapon into an NBA locker room! If there’s any justice in this world, I can’t help but think Stern will come down pretty hard on him soon here.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg sat through Arena’s trial Friday afternoon and has confirmed and clarified a few points in the story for us. In short, that the argument began on a plane and carried the next morning with both players threatening to shoot one another. Arenas maintained that he displayed the guns in the locker room as a joke, and that he did not intend on using them.

I have to say that I think Arenas’ actions were juvenile and irresponsible, especially for a man in the public eye. But I’m not sure he deserves the full 5 years, especially if Crittenton is only getting a slap on the wrist.

See a video on Arena’s conviction below.

Do you think Arenas deserves 5 years? Let us know in the comment section below.

Photos: Carrie Devorah / WENN

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