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Arenas has been suspended once before because of a gun-related matter. He sat out Washington’s season opener in 2004 because he failed to maintain proper registration of a handgun while living in California in 2003 and playing for the Golden State Warriors.
Depending on the severity of the findings, the Wizards could invoke the morals clause found in standard NBA player contracts and attempt to void the remainder of the six-year, $111 million deal Arenas signed in the summer of 2008.
Such an option might be tempting because the Wizards have yet to get much of a return on the investment. Arenas missed all but two games last season as he recuperated from knee operations, and has struggled to adjust to Saunders’ offense this season.
Despite a healthy core of players and a high-priced roster, the Wizards dropped to 10-21 with Saturday night’s loss to the Spurs.
This year, Saunders made Arenas a team captain, but the point guard has remained as flippant and unpredictable as ever. He made light of his latest plight on Twitter, posting on Friday that he was being portrayed as “the new John Wayne” and that he’s a “goof ball” who doesn’t do “serious things.” His Twitter account was silent on Saturday.
Regardless of the outcome, the issue of NBA players and their guns will come under more scrutiny.
“I know what it’s done to me, the little incident I had. So it can really make people think a whole different way about you and forget about all the good things you’ve done,” said Bobcats player Stephen Jackson, who served a seven-game suspension in 2007 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of criminal recklessness for firing a gun into the air at an Indianapolis strip club.
“Guys have to protect themselves,” Jackson added. “I just don’t think it made any sense to have them in the locker room with your own teammate.”
• AP sports writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.
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