03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NBA Gambling Ban Possible: Arenas Incident A Wake-Up Call

Before the Washington Wizards had a gun problem, they had a gambling problem -- a high-stakes card game that ended in acrimony, threats and ultimately a locker-room showdown that has thrust the franchise into chaos.

The N.B.A. is confronting a number of serious issues in the Gilbert Arenas saga, with firearms possession the most grave concern. But the popularity of gambling among players, and its potential for disruptive results, is also coming under intense scrutiny.