Suspended Washington Wizards superstar, Gilbert Arenas, pleaded guilty to felony gun charges on Friday (January 15), as a part of a plea deal stemming from the highly-publicized December confrontation he had with teammate Javaris Crittenton in the Wizards’ locker room where both players allegedly pulled guns on each other.
According to SI.com, the 28-year-old NBA star was hit with a charge of carrying an unlicensed pistol outside a home or business, which is a felony. Prosecutors are recommending that he should serve no more than six months in jail, but he could get sentenced to up to five years behind bars, even though that’s unlikely.
In a statement read by Arenas’ attorney, Kenneth Wainstein, he said the player “accepted full responsibility for his actions and acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct.”
He is now scheduled to be sentenced on March 26.
On Christmas Day, news broke that Arenas was being investigated for storing guns in the Wizards’ locker room, sparking all the controversy.
He later admitted to storing four unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center, but only to keep them from his children. He then admitted to taking the guns out of the locker in a “misguided effort to play a joke” on a teammate.
Crittenton has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.
Arenas has been suspended indefinitely over the gun controversy by the NBA. Now, with the guilty plea, it’s likely his return to the basketball court will be further delayed.