Gilbert Arenas Had “500 Guns” In Family Home

Gilbert Arenas, who pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January and will be sentenced for his crime next week, let slip an unfortunate tidbit about his affinity for firearms. In an interview with Esquire magazine due out next week, the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports:

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Arenas told Esquire that he used to have as many as 500 firearms in his home, having bought many of them from an elderly man’s World War I collection. He says he put all but four of them in storage when he started having children.

Wow, dude was down to four. Talk about living dangerously! Read more…

Report: Arenas Asks To Be Suspended For Season

UPDATE: It’s official, Arenas and Javaris Crittenton both gone for the rest of the season.

Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST reports:

Gilbert Arenas same golden gun model as Saddam Hussein used

A person familiar with today’s meeting between Gilbert Arenas and NBA Commissioner David Stern said the Wizards’ three-time all-star guard requested to be suspended for the remainder of the season and sources said that Stern plans to abide by the request.

According to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Arenas also told Stern that he would tell the players’ union not to fight the suspension.

Stern will announce his ruling later this afternoon.

Mind runs wild with those requests from Arenas.

Arenas Charged With Felony, Could Face 5 Years

UPDATE (5:05:p ET): J.A. Adande tells ESPN News today that a felony plea or conviction is grounds for voiding Arenas’ contract with the Wizards, which is reportedly worth up to $90M.

Gilbert Arenas Gun Photo

Adande also reports Arenas was charged with a single count of unlawful gun possession, which explains the max penalty of five years in prison.

UPDATE (4:54p ET): Keith L. Alexander of the WASHINGTON POST reports:

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 filed 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.

Apparently that means Arenas will be charged for possessing one gun. He reportedly had four guns in the Wizards locker room. Alexander earlier reported that Arenas could be charged with five years for each gun.

From Monica Norton of the WASHINGTON POST:

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside home or business, a felony.

On January 5, Keith L. Alexander of the WASHINGTON POST reported:

Arenas could face charges of carrying a handgun without a license, which is a felony and punishable by up to five years behind bars. Because he has said he had four guns in the Verizon Center locker room, he faces a possible 20 years in jail. The panel also could issue a “no bill,” which means that no charges are warranted.

Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST also reports today that police searched the residence of Javaris Crittenton this morning looking for a gun and found nothing.

‘Unfit’ Arenas Suspended Indefinitely Without Pay

The NBA released a statement today from David Stern that stated Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely from the league without pay:

Gilbert Arenas same golden gun model as Saddam Hussein used

“The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.

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