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Arenas Pleads Guilty to Felony Gun Charge

1/15/2010 5:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gilbert Arenas just plead guilty to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Arenas Pleads Guilty to Felony Gun Charge

Arenas -- who was in court today in Washington, D.C. in connection with the locker room standoff he had with teammate Javaris Crittenton in late December-- has to turn in his passport and is no longer allowed to possess any firearms.

According to the U.S. Attorney, it all started during a chartered flight on December 19, when Arenas and a fellow teammate became "involved in a verbal exchange following a card game." During the spat, Arenas -- who claims it was just a joke -- and the teammate made "mutual threats to shoot one another."

The U.S. Attorney says two days later, Arenas -- who had brought four firearms to the Verizon Center -- "placed the firearms on the chair of a teammate with a note stating, reportedly in jest, "PICK 1.'" When the teammate arrived, Arenas stated, "You said you were going to shoot me, so I thought you would like some firepower. Pick One."

The U.S. Attorney says, "after this exchange, Arenas admitted to team management that he brought the firearms from his home in Virginia ... he also told team management that the teammate also had a firearm."

The investigation of the reported possession of a firearm by the teammate is ongoing, according to the U.S. Attorney ... who never mentions Javaris Crittenton's name.

Ken Wainstein, a lawyer for Gilbert Arenas, said afterward that Gilbert "accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct."

A rep for the Wizards released a statement that says, "Gilbert Arenas has been a cornerstone of the Washington Wizards for six years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed in his actions that have led to the events of this afternoon. Gilbert used extremely poor judgment and is ultimately responsible for his own actions."

Arenas is due back in court on March 26.

As we first reported, Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld texted Arenas shortly after the incident that he was in violation of his contract -- prohibiting players from bringing firearms into the stadium -- and that the team could void his contract as a result. This plea isn't going to help Arenas' case.

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1.

Steve in Toronto    

Lousy PRICK!!

1721 days ago
2.

CR    

Now a felony count. Good for us. Get rid of this NBA hoodlum.

1721 days ago
3.

Darlene    

*shaking head*

1721 days ago
4.

LA    

What a bum. As per usual, the rich, greedy, above-the-law(and overly important to themselves)get off with a hand slap and the kid taking a gun to school because he's scared of bullying gets expelled....where is the "lesson" to be learned here? If his kid had taken a gun to school, he wouldve been expelled...well, maybe not since his dads rich...this smells like a pile of krap.

1721 days ago
5.

No trailer trash    


A great example for youth. If this guy was just an average Joe, he'd be learning how to not drop the soap. Instead he gets to go on his merry way.

Who in their right mind has 4, that's right, 4 guns on them/in their locker. Mark my words, this guy will end up killing someone in the future, and all because nobody had the balls to lock his criminal ass up this time.

1721 days ago
6.

GoAwaySkank    

Now it's time for Stern to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done.

1721 days ago
7.

Molon    

Dumbasses, whatever happened to the 2nd Ammendment? He shoulda jus sold his guns on the street instead of bringing them to arena security to turn into the cops. The fault here lies in DC's stupid gun laws which were ruled in violation of the 2nd Ammendment, but politicians keep playing games to bar law abiding citizens the right to bear arms.

1721 days ago
8.

mary smith    

Anold friend of mine once told me that you can take a person out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the person. Is this the case for Arenas??

1720 days ago
9.

Mike K.    

It doesn't matter if the guns were loaded or not. Whenever there's a firearm involved, ALWAYS consider it loaded!

1720 days ago
10.

Stacey    

TMZ...I am so tired of pulling up your site & only seeing these thugs & their latest CHARGES. Boring!!!!! Nobody cares!

1720 days ago
11.

joe    

i am think ing of getting gastric by pass surgery ..does it work,,i weigh 564 lbs and men do not look at me when i am at the beach,,i love to sun but mothers hide there kids eyes when i lay out and i am embarressed,,i want men to have sexy thoughts about me,,what do you all think,,i am sitting here eating a whopper sandwich with double beef and extra bacon with fries and a diet coke ,,please help me decide what to do..can i look like brittney..and is the operation free because i am unemployed and have no insurance,,

Posted at 1:18PM on Jan 15th 2010 by bertha



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will gilbert be able to pay for this for me so i can get an operation

1720 days ago
12.

Joe    

typical thugs. these guys are just animals. wtf is a millionaire nba player doing carrying a firearm? its not like he's living in the projects dealing drugs. but thats what they all act like. im so sick of hearing about these morons. i wish they WOULD just shoot themselves into extinction

1720 days ago
13.

tiv    

I thought you guys said he was pleading to lessor charge now he pleds to felony wow get it right for once

1720 days ago
14.

chuckieg    

What happened to the PUNK big mouth look? Common hotshot, lets see some of that GANGSTER mouth and moves.

1720 days ago
15.

Smashley    

Man I hate professional athletes, a bunch of over paid little bitches.

1720 days ago
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