Washington Wizards star, Gilbert Arenas, has already been suspended for the rest of this NBA season, as a part of his punishment for bringing guns into the team’s locker room. Now, according to the Washington Post, prosecutors are seeking a three-month jail sentence for a felony count of carrying a pistol outside his home without a license.
Arenas pleaded guilty to the gun charge in January, so did teammate Javaris Crittenton, but he got off light with just a year of probation.
In a sentencing memo offered to a D.C. judge this week, prosecutors offered new details of the December 21st confrontation between Arenas and Javaris Crittenton.
While both players have said the incident was a joke, attorneys said Arenas’s role was more of a “calculated and premeditated” threat and not a light-hearted joke between teammates, as he’s maintained.
Basically, they say he’s been lying the whole time, and even tried, first, to get Crittenton to deny the confrontation even happened at all.
Arenas’s attorney, Kenneth L. Wainstein, reportedly argued that his client should not be jailed, and suggested that the NBA player be placed on probation for six months to two years and perform community service. He called the incident a “misguided prank” and an example of Arenas’s long-standing, joking nature that he uses to deal with pressure.
Wainstein also added that he’s been punished enough. Since the news broke, Arenas has lost $7 million this season from his team salary, in addition to more than $50 million in endorsements, bonuses and other compensation after he was dropped by Adidas and Spalding.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday (March 26) for sentencing. Arenas could be sentenced to anywhere from probation to five years in jail.