WASHINGTON—Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday to felony gun possession after bringing four firearms into the NBA team’s locker room and faces up to six months in prison under his plea deal. Looks like now he may actually have a reason to need a gun, considering he may end up being someone's bitch in the slammer. Way da go there 'Vick'!
Arenas, 28, who has a six-year, $111 million contract to play for the professional basketball team, has been suspended by the NBA over the incident last month at the Verizon Center. He has said the guns were unloaded. The charge, carrying a pistol without a license in violation of District of Columbia law, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Sentencing is expected in late March.
The three-time All Star met with federal prosecutors earlier this month to explain why he took the weapons out while in the locker room. Arenas insisted in a statement last week it was a “misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate.”
He said he had moved the unloaded guns from his Virginia home to the locker room to keep them away from his children. Ya, we believe you Gil. In his statement last week, he also apologized “to everybody for letting them down with my conduct.”
Arenas, who was released pending sentencing, has said he believed it was legal to store the guns in the District of Columbia and that they were unloaded when he took them out of his locker Dec. 21.
The nine-year NBA veteran was averaging 22.6 points and 7.2 assists in 32 games this season before his suspension. He currently plays for Washington although they are still pretty useless in their eastern division.