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. What???????

    Are you serious??? Wow I've lost all respect for the justice system! Way to go you are all a bunch of morons! Way to cater to the needs of professional athletes. Wow!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. obama akbar

    Another important person with just a slap on the wrist. Wouldn't the argument that he is such a role model work against him since so many people follow what he does?

    March 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dumbass

    if you play basketball,football,baseball you can get away with anything short of murder

    March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Hughes

    Once again, a celebrity gets a slap on the wrist. Had this guy actually shot someone, it probably would have been the gun's fault. Unbelievable.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HA.

    you better hit your knees and thank Jesus for another day, Mr. Arenas.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jmj

    Tipical.... Any regular person with a PREVIOUS violation would have been jailed. White, black, red, or yellow. This is a perfect example of what is wrong with American courts.
    Becuase he make more than the daily criminal on the street he gets different treatment than the average citizen. The judge should be fired. RIDULAOUS. Oh and by the way I am a Bullets fan for 30 years. Throw the book at these repeat offenders.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |

    So here we go again – another gladiator of sports does something wrong, which the rest of us non gladiator types, would have gotten slammed with jail time, but not him; not this thug who is obviously protected from on high by the all-powerful money people, and all for the name of the sport. This crap happens so often I wonder why the system even goes through the motions of a trial. Track the judge and lawyers down and you will follow the money path that connected them to this typical miscarriage of so-called justice. This man is a pig and a thug and deserved far, far worse. No wonder I'm not an athletic supporter, so to say.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. donald

    Gilbert clearly benefitting by very expensive legal talent that can get a two time offender off. Gotta love America

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BoFo

    Oh, yes, he is certainly a good role model. If you like dysfunctional athletes who think they are entitlement to a free pass for life for anything they do. Yes, Mr. Lawyer, your client is an excellent role model.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LG from VA

    He certainly was lucky to receive this sentence. With this priors with gun issues (unregistered gun), this is surprising. He is lucky to not have committed this crime in New York. He would be sharing a cell wtih Burress right now if he had been.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Craig A

    I am 1 63 year old male. If I had brought 4 LOADED pistols to the Venue on the same day as Gilbert and showed the same disreguard for the RULES, I am almost certain my sentance would have ben different. Money talks!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. let's be real

    Let the "look at the celebrity get off easy" commenting commence...

    It's a debate that may never find actual closure... *shrug*

    March 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reed

    A good role model? are you kidding me mr Lawyer?

    March 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Summer

    A good role model...? Seriously? So, he gets in a fight with his team mate and then they bring guns to the locker room AT WORK to intimidate each other?

    That sounds like a perfect role model to me. Public scorn, suspension, and loss of income are pretty good punishments, and perhaps this all will help him turn a new leaf, but be serious about role model.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |

    that's what money will do for you. There are laws against firearms in DC but hey, he's a professional athelete. Scumbag is more like it.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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