VIA: Washington Post
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license, leaving his career in the NBA in jeopardy.
Arenas will be sentenced on March 26. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors said they would seek no more than a six-month jail term for Arenas. The charge carries a maximum of five years in jail, but Arenas is likely to serve far less.
The former all star was released after agreeing to surrender his passport and not possess any handguns.
Arenas, 28, has four years remaining on his $111 million contract with the team. But he has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA, and his relationship with his teammates seems shattered.
Television cameras and satellite dishes were parked outside the courthouse most of the day in anticipation of Arenas’s arrival and plea.
On Thursday, prosecutors charged Arenas with one count of carrying a pistol without a license, a felony that carries a five-year sentence. Arenas agreed to plead guilty and his sentence will be determined by Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin.
The charges stem from the now-infamous incident in the Wizards’ locker room at Verizon Center on Dec. 21. Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton had gotten into an argument over a card game on the team plane two days before. Crittenton allegedly said he should shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee, sources have said. At Verizon Center, Arenas placed four unloaded guns on a chair next to Crittenton’s locker with a note that said “pick one.” At least two witnesses have said that Crittenton then pulled his own gun, loaded it and cocked it. He never pointed it at anyone, the witnesses said, and the situation soon calmed down.
Arenas could have been charged with four counts of illegal gun possession — one for each of the pistols in the locker room. But as part of the plea agreement, he faces one charge, making it more likely that he’ll avoid jail, the sources said.
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