Gilbert Arenas Avoids Jail Time
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house, in Washington D.C. Superior Court on Friday afternoon. Arenas will serve two years of probation, dedicate 400 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine to the Victim of Violent Crimes Fund according to Mike Jones of CSNWashington.
Back on January 15th of this year, Arenas plead guilty to one felony count of violating the District of Columbia’s strict gun law. He and teammate Javaris Crittenton got into a confrontation, which escalated to the point, where both men brought guns into the Verizon Center locker room. Crittenton was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation for his role in this incident. Arenas was suspended indefinitely by Stern on January 6 of this year, and then he and Crittenton both were suspended for the season on January 27th, 2010.
At the time of his suspension, Arenas was in the second year of a six-year, $111 million dollar contract. Prior to today’s sentence, Team President Ernie Grunfeld said repeatedly, that he wanted Arenas back with the Washington Wizards franchise. Late Friday afternoon, the team issued the following statement:
“We believe today’s sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months. Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community. We are confident that he has learned something significant from the experience and we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve.”
As more details emerge, Hoops Addict will definitely keep you posted.