NBA Players Pull Guns in Locker Room

Gilbert Arenas, Wizards teammate fought over gambling debt

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 1, 2010 12:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Local and federal authorities are investigating after two NBA players threatened each other with guns in the team locker room on Christmas Eve. Volatile All-Star Gilbert Arenas pulled a gun on Washington teammate Javaris Crittenton, to whom Arenas owed money, the New York Post reports. "I'm not your punk!" shouted Crittenton, a third-year journeyman.

The dispute led to the team's acknowledgment the next day that Arenas had brought firearms to the facility. "It's in the hands of authorities. We're going to get to the bottom of this," said Ernie Grunfeld, GM of the Wizards—the name that replaced "Bullets" because the old name was considered too violent, the Post notes. "This is unprecedented in the history of sports," said the executive director of the NBA players union. "I've never heard of players pulling guns on each other in a locker room."

Washington Wizards' Javaris Crittenton poses for a photo during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Washington.
Washington Wizards' Javaris Crittenton poses for a photo during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton confers with head coach Ed Tapscott during a timeout in the third quarter of host Denver's 116-105 victory on March 20, 2009.
Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton confers with head coach Ed Tapscott during a timeout in the third quarter of host Denver's 116-105 victory on March 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas poses for a photo during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Washington.
Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas poses for a photo during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Golden State's Monta Ellis fouls Gilbert Arenas (0) of the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in Oakland, Calif.
Golden State's Monta Ellis fouls Gilbert Arenas (0) of the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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