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Gilbert Arenas Suspended Indefinitely: “Not Fit to Take the Court,” NBA Commissioner Says

ESPN is reporting that the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely without pay:

"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," commissioner David Stern said in a statement Wednesday. "Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA."

More of Stern's statement, from the Post:

"The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident."

And here is the statement from the Wizards:

“We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert’s recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert’s behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin’s leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so.”

Ernie Grunfeld, President, Washington Wizards
Irene Pollin, Principal Owner, Washington Sports and Entertainment (WSE)
Robert Pollin, Chief Executive Officer, WSE
James Pollin, President, WSE

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  • huh?

    wait a second...Stephen Jackson went into the stands and punched fans indiscriminately, and was not suspended for the entire season.

    I'm not saying that this merits no punishment, but really? Indefinitely? Hope that gets changed quite soon. David Stern is a douche.

    Fuck him.

  • Michael

    WTF Stern, seriously... WTF

    You shouldnt suspend a player for this... the proper authorities will take care of this, not you! I don't believe this is fair, and you should be glad that someone didn't point a gun at your head!!!

  • Rick Mangus

    Dunb Ass, GOOD!

  • Kappa1911

    Whne you lay down with dogs, you will get up with fleas. I am sick of these wealthy athletes acting like savages.

  • Sebastian

    I knew the commissioner's response would be hard and swift due to Arena's lack of contrition.

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Send him to the showers - in Federal prison. Gilbert is a douche bag clown. He deserves the full five years on the CPWL charge, & should be suspended for life from the NBA.

  • Ron The Don

    Michael, The NBA is a private enterprise. They have the right to punish people for behavior that unacceptable for the business. Just like businesses right to refuse service, if you came with inappropriate clothes or unacceptable language. Too severe, maybe! It's just that the league, let alone the Wizards want to spend the remaining season having this black cloud hang over them. They have the right to set their own rules; you have the right to take your business elsewhere.

  • raido
  • Former Staffer

    Gilbert Arenas, embarrassment to the U of A and DC.

  • Former Staffer

    Although if he voluntarily shoots himself in the leg, we can get him a cell with Plaxico.

  • Eesti korvpall

    i`m very disappointed:(

  • vertical jump

    true. he`s a gret athlete but this .... unbelievable