Gilbert Arenas has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license, the Washington Post reports. The crime is a felony. Scroll down for statements his attorney.
The NBA suspended Arenas indefinitely on January 6. At the time, NBA commissioner David Stern said Arenas "is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game."
The suspension followed reports that he and teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the Wizards locker room. According to a later report, Crittenton loaded his gun and chambered a bullet during the dispute. For his part, Arenas has said the episode was a "misguided effort to play a joke."
Arenas has drawn support from at least one teammate. Before a game last Sunday, DeShawn Stevenson took to the court with "Agent Zero" written on his shins, a reference to his embattled teammate.
Kenneth L. Wainstein, Arenas' attorney, issued the below statement:
"This afternoon, Gilbert Arenas voluntarily met with federal prosecutors at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department to explain the circumstances surrounding the presence of his unloaded firearms at the Verizon Center last month.
From the outset of this incident, Mr. Arenas has been fully cooperative with the investigation. He acknowledged his possession of the guns when questioned by Washington Wizards team officials; he immediately offered and relinquished the guns to Wizards security personnel; and he had me proactively reach out to the U.S. Attorney's Office and make an immediate self-disclosure about the guns.
Consistent with that cooperative approach, Mr. Arenas felt it important that we meet with law enforcement at the first possible opportunity so that he could tell the full story. Over the course of a two-hour interview this afternoon, Mr. Arenas answered every question asked of him.
Mr. Arenas has been constrained in his public comment about these circumstances out of concern that he not do anything to interfere with the ongoing law enforcement investigation. Please understand that his public comments will continue to be limited as long as the investigation continues. Nevertheless, now that he has completed his interview, Mr. Arenas wishes to make the following statement about last month's events and today's interview.
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