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.

Post by:
Filed under: Sports
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Munkee

    What a load of crock! I shold go take a gun everywhere I go and see if I get treated the same way... stupid celebrities! !

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

    Oh great another wealthy athlete gets preferential treatment by the legal system. If this had been a regular hard working American we most definitely would have seen jail time.

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

    But Plaxico gets 3 yrs because his went off?

    March 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bilko

    If it were your average citizen they would have had jail time. The NBA stands to loose money if he's in jail, so he wals–best justice money can buy. Another reason I have given up on pro sports in this country.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kat

    What? Just another wealthy athlete getting off with a slap on the wrist.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sandra Wylie

    His Lawyers stated, he was a good roll model. Taking 4 guns into the locker room does not make him a good role model for my grandchildren or anyone else's

    March 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phreak

    that's the best justice money can buy folks!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sean

    Shocking, an athlete committing a felony and getting nothing for it. If this was a average Joe who didn't spend 5 mill for his defense he would have received the Max. The judges are getting paid under the table, isn't it obvious. What kind of an idiot calls a basketball player a roll model. Maybe a sex ed roll model.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Before everyone starts crying out that this was a case of preferential treatment, or that a regular guy with the same charges would have been sent to jail, you should know that Arenas has a long track record of some significant charitable contributions, and not just monetary. In fact, his lawyer submitted a summation of Arenas' charitable and community efforts over the years to the judge, and it was over 150 pages long. When an ordinary Joe could have that kind of record to present to the judge for consideration, I'm sure you wouldn't see them get a tough sentence, either.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sternies

    It's good to be the king. I would be in jail if it were me on trial. Ridiculous.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Not an NBA fan

    What a joke! A regular Joe would have received at least a year or 2 in federal prison for this crime.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mutt

    No Jail? D'oh!!! What a surpise.... Well, as I observed many times before now, I seriously believe that "racism" in the US is nearly non-existant. Simply put – no matter what color of skin you are, as long as you are wealthy and/or well-connected, you can get away with crimes that would have put ANY of the remaining 95% of us in jail (again...any color or ethnic background). What a shame for what is shows kids and what a SHAM the DC court system is.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tupelo Hartnett

    This is ridiculous. Any other person would be doing big time.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KL

    This is absolutely deplorable. The only example Arenas is setting for kids is that it is okay to carry guns and then lie about it.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brizzolata

    Yeah, that's exactly the punishment I would have gotten. Privilege & money talk. Us poor schlubs go to jail.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3