Gilbert Arenas Pleads Guilty to Felony

Sentencing set for March; star guard's NBA career in peril
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2010 4:50 PM CST
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas arrives with attorney Kenneth Wainstein at Superior Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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(Newser) – Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to felony gun possession today as part of a plea bargain that tentatively limits his maximum sentence to 6 months. Arenas, 28, may have dodged extra prison time—in addition to the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to charge him for possessing just one pistol, not the four he brought to the Verizon Center locker room—but his guilty plea jeopardizes his contract with the Wizards.

The NBA has indefinitely suspended Arenas, who is in the second year of a 6-year, $111 million contract. Today's proceeding shed more light on the altercation between Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton. They had argued over a card game on the team plane before the incident, and Arenas threatened to shoot Crittenton in the face, the Washington Post reports. Arenas eventually left the guns in front of Crittenton's locker with a note that said "pick one."

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