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Gilbert Arenas Finally Makes Smart Move, Nabs Experienced Attorney

USA Today reports that Wizards "star"/Twitter writer Gilbert Arenas has released a statement along with his attorney Ken Wainstein. Arenas couldn't have picked a better lawyer to handle his growing p.r. disaster over his alleged gun show inside the Wizards' locker room shortly before Christmas.  Wainstein used to be the U.S. Attorney for D.C. If there's anybody who can handle a high-profile case and navigate the various investigations that have popped up in the last few days, it's Wainstein.

For example, the statements offered by Wainstein and Arenas just released moments ago. They are a significant step up from Arenas' twitter postings in which he seemed to take the whole affair as one big joke. The statements suggest Arenas will not be twittering about the incident any time soon.

Both statements after the jump.

From Wainstein:

"This afternoon, Gilbert Arenas voluntarily met with federal prosecutors at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department to explain the circumstances surrounding the presence of his unloaded firearms at the Verizon Center last month.

From the outset of this incident, Mr. Arenas has been fully cooperative with the investigation. He acknowledged his possession of the guns when questioned by Washington Wizards team officials; he immediately offered and relinquished the guns to Wizards security personnel; and he had me proactively reach out to the U.S. Attorney's Office and make an immediate self-disclosure about the guns.

Consistent with that cooperative approach, Mr. Arenas felt it important that we meet with law enforcement at the first possible opportunity so that he could tell the full story. Over the course of a two-hour interview this afternoon, Mr. Arenas answered every question asked of him.

Mr. Arenas has been constrained in his public comment about these circumstances out of concern that he not do anything to interfere with the ongoing law enforcement investigation. Please understand that his public comments will continue to be limited as long as the investigation continues. Nevertheless, now that he has completed his interview, Mr. Arenas wishes to make the following statement about last month's events and today's interview."

From Arenas:

"I appreciated the opportunity to meet with law enforcement officials today. As the person who caused this trouble in the first place, I thought it was my duty to be the first witness to come forward and meet with the prosecutors and detectives. I told my attorney I wanted to get in for an interview as soon as we could arrange it, and that was today.

I told the detectives and prosecutors the whole story about my storing the unloaded guns at the Verizon Center and what I was intending to do when I took them out of my locker on December 21st.

As I have said before, I had kept the four unloaded handguns in my house in Virginia, but then moved them over to my locker at the Verizon Center to keep them away from my young kids. I brought them without any ammunition into the District of Columbia, mistakenly believing that the recent change in the DC gun laws allowed a person to store unloaded guns in the District.

On Monday, December 21st, I took the unloaded guns out in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. Contrary to some press accounts, I never threatened or assaulted anyone with the guns and never pointed them at anyone.

Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong. I should not have brought the guns to DC in the first place, and I now realize that there's no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns — even if unloaded.

I am very sorry for the effect that my serious lapse in judgment has had on my team, my teammates, the National Basketball Association and its fans. I want to apologize to everybody for letting them down with my conduct, and I promise to do better in the future.

I also want to thank the detectives and prosecutors on the case for the professionalism and courtesy they showed me during the interview today. I stand ready to continue to give my full cooperation to them and to the League as they investigate this incident."

Do you think Arenas gets it now?

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Comments

  1. Comrade Al Gonzales
    #1

    Arenas broke the law - six months in jail. Treat him the same as anyone else. Nobody walks on a gun violation in DC.

    This will be a good test of the new US Attorney here, Channing Phillips. If he lets Arenas off, he's corrupt.

    Agent Zero has no brain at all. The Bullets will stink so long as they "rely" on this idiot.

  2. #2

    I doubt Gilbert ends up in the clink.

  3. #3

    THE NBA WILL SUSPEND AND FINE HIM AND DC GOVT WILL ALSO FINE HIM.

    DC CAN USE THE MONEY FOR REC CENTER EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES SINCE FAGGIE FENTY GAVE IT ALL TO HIS CRONIES!

    GIL MAKE A FEW PUBLIC APPEARANCES.

    ALL IS FORGIVEN!

    PLEASE CHANGE NAME BACK TO THE BULLETS AND GET RID OF THOSE UGLY ASS WIZRAD UNIFORMS!

  4. Comarde Al Gonzales
    #4

    Yes, we need the Bullets back. The "Wiz" have never had a good season - the Bullets were good. I'd let Agent Zero off with a fine if the team changed its name back to the Bullets.

    I love that Clash song ... those Washington Bullets again: Havana fought the Playboy in the Cuban sun ... for Castro is a colour that is redder than red, those Washington Bullets want Castro dead - Castro is the colour, that will earn you a spray of lead...

    Cue the marimbas & the xylophone...

    Fidel forever! Raul forever! Che forever! Juan Almieda forever!

  5. #5

    How does anyone know the guns were unloaded? Because they were unloaded when he turned them in? How does that prove anything?
    Why should anyone care that this man says he was joking? Does that legally change anything? Two weeks after the incident is the soonest he could "cooperate" by meeting with authorities? Really?
    The Wizards should fire him, and the AG should charge him.

  6. #6

    Use the morals clause and release the dumbass loser. Prosecute his ass -- he's lucky he didn't pull this stupidity in VA where he lives.

  7. #7

    Arenas will be charged and plead guilty to a misdemeanor. He will be placed on probation. End of story. Unless he does something stupid while on probation.

  8. #8

    "How does anyone know the guns were unloaded? Because they were unloaded when he turned them in? How does that prove anything?"

    Ah, the "assumption of guilt".

    This is why he needs a good lawyer.
    To help keep him from convincing the public that he should be convicted of a crime.

    Something. Anything.

    Once the media and public turn against him, the police will be forced to fish for something to hang him on. The Court of Public Opinion is a dangerous place.

  9. #9

    DUMB ASS!, DUMB ASS!, DUMB ASS!

  10. #10

    Jf1-
    Because he says so it must be true? Really?
    I don't "presume" anything. But I'm not credulous enough to assume he's telling the truth about whether the guns were loaded, either.
    He needs a good lawyer because by his own statement he broke several laws.

  11. #11

    Put all of these dumb ass thugs in jail. His contract should be voided because he broke the morals clause. They tore down the Arenas banner outside now send this POS packing. All the kids look up to these worthless punks and this is how you act? Phuck him, phuck'em all!

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