Friday, January 8, 2010

Status Update: Gilbert Arenas

"Status Update" will be a new feature on this here blog for stories that have developed since they were originally posted. For the inaugural post, we turn our attention back to Gilbert Arenas, who reportedly pulled a gun on a teammate in his locker room. Although controversy surrounded Arenas, the NBA was waiting on his meeting with law enforcement officials and the legal issues to sort themselves out before they decided on whether or not to take disciplinary action. Then this happened...

This is a picture that graced the front page of Wednesday's Washington Post sports section. During the pre-game huddle before the Wizards' game Tuesday night in Detroit, Arenas positioned his fingers into the shape of guns and pretended to shoot his laughing teammates. That was the tipping point for league commissioner David Stern and Wednesday, he suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay (he'll lose $147,200 with each game he misses) citing that he is "unfit to be on the court". The Wizards supported this suspension - it's hard not to - and the latest news is that the team is planning on fining some players over the picture. Arenas, known for his blogging, has used Twitter over the past few years to reach out to fans about anything and everything (including this most recent incident) but the account has since been taken down. Personally, I don't expect to see Arenas for the rest of the season and it will be interesting to see if he'll play in the NBA anytime soon.

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