Reading Gilbert Arenas’s blog at NBA.com and seeing him having fun on the court, screaming Hibatchi after every made bucket, I always got the idea that he was a good guy. Maybe a little strange and a little goofy… but, always, I figured he was just a happy-go-lucky, generally fun-loving guy.
And maybe he is. But he’s also an injury-prone, ball-hogging, gun-toting basketball player who may or may not have brandished his gun during a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton.
An NBA investigation into Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas’(notes) possession of guns inside the team’s locker room has been linked to a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton(notes), multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The league’s ongoing probe hopes to determine whether Arenas had accessed any of his unloaded firearms while engaged in the dispute prior to a team practice at the Verizon Center on Dec. 21 in Washington. Tensions between Arenas and Crittenton escalated because of a festering disagreement between the two players, sources said.
If their argument had resulted in a shootout, my money would have been on Gilbert… Javaris Crittenton isn’t exactly the sharpest shooter around.
UPDATE: From the New York Post:
The duel in DC — unprecedented in sports history — was sparked when Crittenton became enraged at the vet eran guard for refusing to make good on a gambling debt, a source said.
“I’m not your punk!” Crittenton shouted at Arenas, according to a league source close to the Wizards.
That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources said.
A playground pal of Crittenton’s from Atlanta, Kendrick “Bookie Ball” Long, confirmed the locker-room standoff and said he learned of it directly from the third-year player out of Georgia Tech.
“He [Arenas] was f- – -ing with him; he [Crittenton] was just defending himself!” declared Long, who said the dispute was over money but would not elaborate.