*Remember that report we ran last week about Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards storing his guns in his locker? Well there’s more to it. Lot’s more.
It seems that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other during a Christmas Eve locker room argument over a gambling debt, according to The New York Post.
The dispute stemmed from an unspecified disagreement, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Citing an anonymous source, the Post reported in Friday’s edition, however, that the standoff was sparked when Crittenton became angry at Arenas for refusing to make good on a gambling debt.
That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources told the Post.
Asked by the newspaper about the confrontation, Arenas denied pulling a gun on Crittenton.
The Wizards on Friday afternoon released a statement regarding the alleged confrontation:
“The Washington Wizards take this situation and the ongoing investigation very seriously. We are continuing to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA and will have no further comment at this time.”
“This is unprecedented in the history of sports,” Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA players’ association, told the Post. “I’ve never heard of players pulling guns on each other in a locker room.”
On Dec. 24, the Wizards had issued a statement addressing Arenas’ storage of unloaded firearms in a container in his locker at the arena and that the NBA was looking into the situation.
On Tuesday, Washington, D.C. police said they were investigating a report that weapons were found inside a locker room at the Verizon Center.
Now, the federal government is also involved. Ben Friedman, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., told the Post “we’re working with the Metropolitan Police Department on the investigation.”
This gives shooting guard a whole new meaning.
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