Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gilbert Arenas, Suspended Indefinitely after Alleged Possession of Firearm

A bad, real bad 28th birthday gift.

Gilbert Arenas of Washington Wizards was suspended indefinitely without pay by the David Stern, NBA Commisssioner ruling out that Arenas is "not currently fit to take the court." This suspension will cost Arenas to lose around about $147,200 of the $16.2 million he is set to earn this season out of his inked contract with the Wizards.

This suspension stemmed from a photo of Gilbert Arenas gun-totting using his index fingers as if it was a gun to his fellow Wizards teammates. He is also being investigated by authorities after bringing a gun to his team’s locker room though he already apologized for all these incidents saying, he will try "to do better in the future" and called Stern to also say an apology.

NBA Commissioner said in a statement that,

"The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.”

With each game he misses, Arenas will lose about $147,200 of the $16.2 million he will earn this season in the second of a six-year, $111 million contract. The punishment came on his 28th birthday.

In a statement through his attorney, Arenas said,

"I feel very badly that my actions have caused the NBA to suspend me, but I understand why the league took this action. I put the NBA in a negative light and let down my teammates and our fans. I am very sorry for doing that."

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