WASHINGTON - Suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was ordered Friday to spend 30 days in a halfway house for his conviction on gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation with a teammate.
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also sentenced Arenas to 400 hours of community service, which cannot be conducted at basketball clinics, and a $5,000 fine. Arenas apologized in court, saying, "Every day, I wake up wishing it did not happen."
Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws in a Dec. 21 incident at Verizon Center. After an argument over an unpaid gambling debt, Arenas brought several guns to the team locker room and set them in front of Javaris Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1."
"The evidence is that both of you felt disrespected," Morin told Arenas of the dispute over a few hundred dollars' debt from a poker game. "Rather than acting like mature adults, you escalated the incident" by bringing guns to practice.
In court papers, prosecutors said Crittenton had a legitimate reason to believe Arenas' threat was genuine.
Prosecutors wanted Arenas to go to jail for at least three months. They said he lied repeatedly about why the guns were in the locker room and even tried to cover up what had happened. U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh wrote in court papers that "if any other individual - without the fame, power, and the wealth of this defendant - brought four firearms into Washington, D.C., for the purpose of a similar confrontation," they would surely go to jail. - AP