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Gilbert Arenas’ Cover-Up Text Messages

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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.

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Comments

  1. #1

    Makes me proud to be a wildcat.

    No wait, the other word...shame.

  2. #2

    Who cares about this low life thug!

  3. #3

    IM A MISSING SOMETHING. HE TOOK THE BEEF FROM DAY 1. HE WAS TRYING TO PROTECT HIS TEAMMATE ON THE 2ND DAY. ORCHESTRATING A COVER UP?! COVER UP WHAT? DUDE SAID HE WOULD TAKE THE BLAME.

    IT SEEMS LIKE THEY WANTED MORE WHEN THERE WAS NO MORE.
    IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE THEY WANTED HIM TO DIME HIS TEAMMATE OUT AND THEN THEY STILL WANTED TO NAIL GIL FOR EVERYTHING.

    GILBERT ARENAS SHOULD NOT SERVE A DAY IN JAIL FOR THAT BULLSHIT. GIVE HIM PROBATION AND A SHIT LOAD OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.

    ILL BET THAT USDA IS SOME REDNECK FROM DOWN SOUTH.

  4. #4

    Anyone care about Rick Mangus?

    No?

    Good.

  5. #5

    This guy is finding new ways to destroy his life

    He better have a perfect life after this because Stern won't give him any leeway whatsoever after this

  6. #6

    ". . . the defendant releases a public statement claiming that he brought all four firearms into Washington, D.C. ... to keep them away from his young kids."

    The guy owns a million-dollar swimmimng pool and can't afford a gun safe?

  7. #7

    @ Rick

    He's no more of a THUG than your elected officials in the federal government. I'm sure you've done plenty of bone-head things in your day..

  8. #8

    Hey noodlez, why the USDA gotta be from down south or be a redneck at that. I'm from south Carolina an I think Gil doesn't need jail time... are u a minority with race issues

  9. #9

    @rob.laidback BECAUSE HIS STATEMENT MAKES NO SENSE. WHY TAKE OR OFFER A PLEA DEAL IF IT WAS ALL THIS COVER-UP GOING ON? WHY NOT CHARGE HIM WITH THE WHOLE BOAT LOAD OF SHIT? THE CASE WAS WEAK AND HIS REDNECK ASS KNEW IT. 1ST OFFENSE? POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN? THE CASE IS BASED OFF OF STORIES(EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CONSISTANT). HE DIDNT GET CAUGHT ON THE STREET WITH THE WEAPONS THEY WENT TO HIS HOUSE TO RETRIEVE THEM.

    BASICALLY NOTHING HAPPENDED!

    SO BECAUSE OF THE USDA'S CULTURE IN HIS UPBRINGING ALL HE SEES IS A HIGH PROFILE BLACK MAN THAT HE CAN TAKE DOWN. SOMETHIHG HE CAN TAKE BACK HOME WHEN HE RUNS FOR OFFICE. THATS WHY HE GOTTA BE FROM DOWN SOUTH AND/OR A REDNECK. HE CANT POSSIBLY THINK THAT BY GIVING GIL JAIL TIME THAT SOME YOUNG BROTHER WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT CARRING A GUN IN THE CITY. CHILD PLEEZE.

    rob.laidback BE A MAN SON. SAY WHAT YOU REALLY FEEL. WHY CANT I JUST MAKE AN OBSERVATION? BUT HERE YOU ARE WITH THAT BULLSHIT "are u a minority with race issues". THAT STATEMENT SHOWS THAT YOU ARE EITHER A RACIST FOR ASKING ME THAT OR YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE THANGS THAT IS RUNNING FROM YOUR REAL SELF.

    SO EITHER WAY YOU NEED TO COME ON OUT THE CLOSET rob.layingonmyback.

  10. #10

    Noodlez...

    "BASICALLY NOTHING HAPPENDED!"

    Ummm...no. Gilbert committed a felony. That seems like something to me.

  11. #11

    @Steve SLIM THE COURTS COULDNT HANDLE ALL THE CASES THAT SEEM LIKE SOMETHING.

    CRIMES ARE COMMITTED EVERYDAY AND ITS LEFT TO THE POLICE AND USDA DISCRETION BASED ON THE EVIDENCE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THOSE CASES GO FORWARD.

    OVER THE PAST TWO SUMMERS THE CHIEF OF POLICE HAVE OFFICERS ARREST FOLKS FOR EVERYTHING DURING "ALL HANDS ON DECK". MOST OF THOSE CASES GET THROWN OUT. WHY? BECAUSE BASICALLY NOTHING HAPPENED EVEN THOUGH LAWS WERE BROKEN. TRUMPED UP BULL SHIT ASS CHARGES DOES NOT A CASE MAKE.

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