Arenas: “If She Can’t Have Me, She’ll Destroy Me”

A month ago I relayed dubious details of the breakup of Gilbert Arenas and the mother of his three children - with another on the way.

Card Sharks With Gilbert Arenas

(If only the kids had a card to play. Ugh.)

Laura Govan, who was with Arenas for nine years, claimed in late December (through her publicist) to Amy Argetsinger of the WASHINGTON POST that Arenas had “abandoned” their children and left her without money to buy their kids Christmas gifts.

Last week in a Washington Post piece co-authored by the same reporter who published Govan’s earlier claims, Argetsinger, more sordid details of the relationship seemingly surfaced. But the bizarre nature of the provocative information can’t help but call into question the veracity of the details.

As part of the Post’s gossip column The Reliable Source, Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts published the following on Jan. 27:

That might have been the end of the public drama. But then Govan contacted Trope and Trope, a high-profile family law firm in Los Angeles, and met with an attorney from the firm. Somehow, nine pages of typewritten notes from their meeting ended up in the midst of a court filing in another, unrelated case handled by the firm. All the pages were filed in a public docket in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Trope and Trope did not return calls for comment. According to a court order allowing the firm to remove the notes from public record because they contained “confidential attorney-client privileged communications,” the firm “inadvertently copied and submitted” them due to a “clerical error.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, the content of those documents portrayed Arenas in an extremely negative light, including what the Post reporters called his “profligate spending.” Excerpt:

In confidential notes, Govan — who is expecting her fourth child with Arenas — describes fights where he repeatedly threw her out of the house, his profligate spending (including a shark tank/pool/grotto complex said to cost $1 million), lavish vacations and spending sprees at toy stores.

And yet they never had a nanny, Govan complains, according to the notes: “he would state ‘you had them you watch them.’ “

If Trope and Trope sounds familiar, it’s because Sorrell Trope is perhaps the leading celebrity divorce attorney on the planet. But don’t take my word for it, you can read all about him on a page dedicated solely to Trope. The L.A. attorney has most recently repped Oksana Grigorieva, the estranged girlfriend of Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen’s beleaguered ex-wife Brooke Mueller.

And now Laura Govan.

It isn’t impossible to believe that Trope’s firm could’ve committed such a colossal gaffe in mistakenly including notes from the Govan-Arenas spat in a court filing for another of the firm’s cases. But for those notes, which included incredibly damaging claims against Govan’s legal adversary, to go from being buried in a random Los Angeles Superior Court civil case filing to the direct email inbox of the same Washington Post reporter who previously gave Govan a pre-Trope outlet for her abuse claims against Arenas is a coincidence defying belief.

Trope’s business model is to massage public and media perception of his client in order to win financial rewards for them. The leakage of the Arenas docs certainly fits that profile. There’s always a chance the file fumble was a completely unintended mistake on the part of Trope’s firm.

Or not.

This week, for the first time, Arenas himself was confronted on the record about his breakup with Govan.
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Arenas Baby Mama: “no money” For Food, Xmas

A nine-year relationship involving Gilbert Arenas and the mother of his three children - with another on the way - has gotten ugly.

Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan

The WASHINGTON POST reports that Arenas broke up with the mother of his children, Laura Govan, around Thanksgiving.

More from the WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger:

A representative for Govan - yes, there are reps involved this time - told The Washington Post that Arenas has cut off communication and funds from her and their three children.

Govan, who is four months pregnant with their fourth child, “has not heard from Arenas the whole month of December,” said publicist Laura Wright in an e-mailed statement. “Govan and the children feel like they have been abandoned.”

Wright - who has worked for Govan’s sister Gloria and her fiance, Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes - said that Govan was left at their Great Falls home “with no money to purchase food or Christmas gifts.”

Arenas has yet to comment on the accusation from his former fiancee though he did tell reporters before he was traded from Washington to Orlando that he’d been staying at teammate Nick Young’s home for “about a month.

After he was traded from the Wizards to the Magic, Arenas told the Washington Post on Dec. 20 that he couldn’t wait to jet - literally - from D.C.:

“I went to the airport and left. I didn’t have a chance to say bye to anybody. I didn’t even say bye to the kids.”

This isn’t the first time Govan has had a highly publicized breakup with Arenas. From the Post: Read more…

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:

Gilbert Arenas same golden gun model as Saddam Hussein used

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 Dropped By Adidas After Felony Guilty Plea reports it was sent this statement by Gilbert Arenas shoe sponsor Adidas:

Gilbert Arenas Dropped By Adidas

In response to Gilbert Arenas’ guilty plea to felony charges, adidas has terminated its agreement with the athlete effective immediately.

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Gilbert Arenas Pleads Guilty, $80M Deal Still Valid

Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST reports Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty in a DC court today to a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. In a plea deal with prosecutors, Arenas will serve no more than six months in prison. More likely, he’ll see 2-3 month of jail time. He’ll be sentenced March 26.

Gilbert Arenas Gun Photo

Arenas’ felony guilty plea does not violate the morals clause of his NBA contract, which has $80 million dollars left on it. A plea to a violent felony would trigger an automatic suspension of 10-games, but it is not known if the felony would be classified as violent.

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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.

Shaq Facing Tiger-like Media, Sponsor Meltdown?

An increasing din emanating from urban gossip blogs about the alleged extramarital dalliances of Shaquille O’Neal has grown considerably the past two months.

Shaq with 4 blondes, Estranged Wife Shaunie

(Inset: O’Neal’s estranged wife Shaunie)

That smoke has since wafted over to and, with both outlets now covering accusations from a woman, repped by Gloria Allred, alleging O’Neal harassed her. Also, as recently as today, RadarOnline produced a woman it claimed was an alleged mistress of O’Neal.

So are we starting to get to the point where O’Neal’s rep with the media, fans and sponsors is about to take a monster, Tiger-like hit? Before you answer, keep reading.

On November 5, the urban blog Young, Black & Fabulous alleged that O’Neal was having an affair with Laura Govan,  the fiancee of Gilbert Arenas. The website subsequently produced emails and other evidence in an attempt to prove that O’Neal had trysts with Govan.

On November 10, O’Neal’s wife Shaunie separated from her husband of seven years with the intention of filing for divorce. The couple has four kids together.

After the YBF report, O’Neal drastically curtailed his Tweeting. Ironic considering that he was the first major athlete to use Twitter liberally. Arenas has since denied that an affair happened between O’Neal and his fiancee, though O’Neal has made no public statement about the report.

Vanessa Lopez press conference about Shaq

(Tim Floyd seen hovering, envelope in hand)

Then on December 4, Young Black & Fabulous struck again.

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Gilbert Arenas Appears in New PETA Ad Campaign

Maybe today wasn’t the best day for PETA to introduce it’s new ad campaign featuring Gilbert Arenas:

Gilbert Arenas PETA

And a close-up of Gil’s non-mink ink:

Gilbert Arenas PETA

I personally prefer the poses done by Amanda Beard and Tony Gonzalez’s wife October.

Thanks to Dan Steinberg of DC SPORTS BOG for the tip.

‘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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