NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Begins Serving Sentence For Gun Charge

By Randall Stevens  |  04/10/2010

Gilbert ArenasWashington Wizards star, Gilbert Arenas, began serving his sentence Friday night (April 9) for the highly publicized gun incident in his team's locker room in December, where he and another player brandished weapons.

Although Arenas was not handed any jail time in his punishment, he checked into Montgomery County jail at 7:40 p.m. on Friday, where he'll be spending the next two days for medical screening and classification before being transferred to the county's Pre-Release Center, a halfway house, reported the Associated Press.

The NBA star was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house last month for bringing weapons into the Wizards' Verizon Center. Arenas also received two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service, which cannot be performed at basketball clinics.

He pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January, and has been suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.

"Our thoughts are always with him. We're glad that it's going to be done, and he'll be able to move on," Washington coach Flip Saunders said Friday night during their game against Boston.

"Gil's going to come back next season humble," added teammate Andray Blatche. "We miss him and we can't wait to have him back."