March 26th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

NBA player receives 2 years of probation in gun case

Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Friday for bringing guns into his team's locker room.

He also is to serve 30 days in a halfway house. He will be required to serve 400 hours of community service and contribute $5,000 to a fund for victims of violence.

Arenas, a suspended point guard for the Washington Wizards, pleaded guilty on January 15 to illegally bringing four guns into the team's locker room during an ongoing dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton. Prosecutors said Arenas tried to persuade Crittenton to cover up their confrontation.

Arenas' lawyers were seeking probation. They called the NBA player a good role model, and said he's already been punished severely through public scorn and loss of income.

Arenas could have received a sentence ranging from probation to five years in prison.

- CNN's Paul Courson, Terry Frieden, and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.

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  1. JT

    No surprise here, another low digit IQ athlete weasel his way out of any responsibility by hiring a high price lawyer. If it was a average joe he woukld be in jail already.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JHL

    Oh yeah, great role model for folks who want to settle arguments with guns.

    Wrong message to the world. 30 days? How about 6 months? A wasted opportunity to send a meaningful message, but 2 years of good behavior will be a challenge for this inchoate gang banger.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Truth

    The should ban him from the areana in Washington. that will effectively end his NBA career.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cindy

    I can not believe that he is not going to jail. If I came to work with a gun I would be fired.
    And I met my sweet butt that I would be locked up. But once again the law does not apply to the sports people.
    What will they say next time he goes to work with a gun and shoots someone....

    March 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeremy

    Yeah, cause every good role model brings 4 guns with them into a locker room. Nice.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. guestings

    What?! He gets no jail time?! Some tough laws DC touts itself to be. Kudos to Arenas' lawyers for getting him a great deal. Bad precedence the judge metes out to this violator. This is an example how the rich and mighty can afford to weave out of jail.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob R.

    Illegal Gun Possession carries a mandatory 5 year sentence.

    Just because you make above 1 million per year exempts you from this LAW??

    I dont get it.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AJ

    OF COURSE NO JAIL TIME! did anybody think a rich person would go to jail? what a joke, our justice system is a fraud. The guy has a prior gun charge, he admitted to having hundreds of weapons at his house, most of which are illegal. What a country.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ThaOldBoy

    To be truthful. I am from Washington D.C. and this outcome is typical in the court system here. The courts take if a person is a first time or repeat offender into extreme consideration. Plus the fact that the guns were never retrieved and they could not place the actual occurence on nothing more than hearsay, this is the most logical outcome in this case. To be truthful, because Arenas is a public figure, you can say he was made an example of. I have had friends be caught red handed with a weapon during a traffic stop and they only received probation of 18 months or two years. Hopefully Arenas has learned his lesson but you can not fault him for his punishment. This is a normal outcome in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area. Our gun laws are not as strict as say the New York gun laws.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carole Clarke

    Once again a professional athlete gets off lightly. His mommy abandoned him as a child and he's been having royal snits ever since. Pushes every situation to the max to see who else will abandon him and when they do he blames them. He's black and from the 'hood so we gotta feel sorry for him? Jeez – when does it end? You don't see this kind of childish behavior out of Redskins QB Jason Campbell. Gilbert Arenas is closer to being O. J. Simpson than anything else. He should've be sent to jail and banned from basketball. He's lucky one of those guns didn't fire and hurt or kill someone.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ORVASU

    i keep thinking – if i did this would i get the same treatment????
    i don't think so – that's why it's a joke – a sad joke but still a joke

    March 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dukefan

    Gilbert truly didn't deserve to be jailed. He was joking around and apologized to the basketball community about his blooper.
    I thought the picture with Gilbert and the Wizards shooting them up in the air was hilarious.
    He's just a basketball player.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zac

    Same the world over. The richer folks gets treated better than the rest. Not surprised. Guess the judge will be playing golf with his attorney next week.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sports Star Pro Mary

    Basketball is unique compared to most other professional team sports. Because there are only 5 players from each team on the court at a time, a single great player can have a huge impact.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
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