Gilbert Arenas’ Cover-Up Text Messages
Prosecutors are asking a Superior Court judge to jail Wizards star Gilbert Arenas for no less than three months, and the text messages he allegedly sent above are part of the reason why.
In a memorandum filed today [PDF], prosecutors say the Arenas "tried to orchestrate a cover-up" of what happened in that Verizon Center locker room on Dec. 21. Arenas allegedly sent the above texts to a teammate, with instructions to pass the notes to Javaris Crittenton, the other player with whom he tussled, culminating in the locker-room weapons incident.
Prosecutors write: "Throughout this incident, [Arenas] has provided conflicting, self-serving accounts regarding: why he brought the firearms to the Verizon Center; when he brought the firearms to the Verizon Center; whether Crittenton had a firearm; whether there was a confrontation with Crittenton; or whether Crittenton was even present....The defendant attempts to paint a picture that, from the very beginning, he has fully accepted responsibility, confessed the truth when first confronted, and has been a symbol of cooperation throughout his prosecution. In reality, it is quite the opposite."
Prosecutors also detailed the many stories told by Arenas:
• December 21, 2009 – When questioned by team management, the defendant admits to possessing firearms in the locker room that morning. He states that Crittenton possessed a firearm also. The reasons for bringing them to the locker room were two-fold: to get them away from his children, and to sell one to a teammate.
• December 22, 2009 – In text messages to a member of team management, the defendant's "story" is that he possessed all the firearms in the locker room that morning. Now, he does not remember Crittenton with a firearm of his own. In fact, according to the defendant, Crittenton was not even present in the locker room. The defendant stated that his plan was to give the firearms to teammates.
• December 22, 2009 – In a text message to a teammate to be sent to Crittenton, the defendant now states that the "story" is that he possessed all the firearms. Crittenton did not have a firearm, and Crittenton did not do anything.
• December 24, 2009 – Through counsel, the defendant reports his possession of four firearms to law enforcement. There is no mention of Crittenton or the confrontation between them.
• December 25, 2009 – in a text message to the Washington Times, the defendant admits to bringing all of the firearms into Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2009, eleven days prior to the locker room confrontation. The defendant states that he wanted the firearms away from his children. He omits any reference to his plan to sell the firearms to a teammate. Again, the defendant makes no mention of Crittenton or a confrontation between them.
• December 29, 2009 – the Washington Wizards and the defendant, through counsel, report to law enforcement that Crittenton may have been involved in a confrontation with the defendant in the locker room.
• January 4, 2010 – after meeting with law enforcement authorities, the defendant releases a public statement claiming that he brought all four firearms into Washington, D.C. some time before the day of the locker room confrontation to keep them away from his young kids.
• January 15, 2010 – the defendant pleads guilty, now admitting to bringing "at least one" firearm into Washington, D.C. on the day of the locker room confrontation. The defendant also admits there was a confrontation with Crittenton and that Crittenton had a firearm.