- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2010

NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday suspended Washington Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas for bringing guns to the Verizon Center, where the team plays its home games.

“The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us,” Mr. Stern said. “Perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.”

Arenas has said he brought the unloaded guns from his Virginia home to the arena to keep them away from his young children. News reports surfaced on New Year’s Day that Arenas has recently argued with team Javaris Crittenton over a gambling debt, then jokingly displayed the guns to him in the locker room, telling him to pick one.

Arenas has since kept an running account of the situation on the social network known as Twitter.

Mr. Stern said he originally though the best idea was to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pend criminal investigation involving the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department and because a sitting grand jury in the District was considering the matter.

“For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action,” he said.

Mr. Stern said Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities and that some are scheduled to appear before the grand jury.

“The investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident,” he said. “The actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension.”



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