Report: Wizards Star ‘Agent Zero’ and Crittenton Draw Guns in Locker Room Dispute
January 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The New York Post is reporting that the Wizards’ locker room turned into the OK Corral on Christmas Eve, when star point guard Gilbert Arenas, dubbed “Agent Zero” allegedly pulled a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton who in turn, grabbed a gun and pointed it at Arenas. The Post based its story on unnamed league sources who say that the two NBA players were arguing over an unpaid gambling debt, when it escalated into both players drawing weapons. Arenas has denied pulling a gun on Crittenton, but he did admit to storing guns in his lock box at the Verizon Center around Dec. 10 after his daughter was born. The Wizards announced on Dec. 25 that Arenas had turned his guns over to team security. And Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld told the Post that the matter has been referred to local police, saying “It’s in the hands of authorities.”
According to an anonymous source, the incident occurred after a practice session when Crittenton, 23, a third-year guard obtained in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last year, became angry at Arenas for refusing to pay on a gambling debt.
Arenas, 27, the team’s leading scorer, averaging 22.3 points per game, told the Washington Times that he decided to store his guns in his locker room facility, because he didn’t want them within reach of his three children.
“I decided I didn’t want the guns in my house and around the kids anymore, so I took them to my lock box at Verizon Center,” Arenas told the paper. “Then like a week later, I turned them over to team security and told them to hand them over to the police, because I don’t want them anymore. I wouldn’t have brought them to D.C. had I known the rules. After my daughter was born, I was just like, ‘I don’t need these anymore.’”
According to the Post, Crittenton shouted at Arenas “I’m not your punk!” during the argument that led to the pointing of weapons.
Meanwhile, Arenas could be facing weapons charges, at both the state and federal level, as well as running afoul of league policy prohibiting weapons at work. The US Attorney’s Office in DC told the Post that they were working with local authorities in the weapons investigation. “We’re working with the Metropolitan Police Department on the investigation. That’s about all we can say at his point,” said Ben Friedman, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in DC.
Washington, DC has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation that permit the transporting of weapons only under limited conditions.
This is not the first time Arenas’ guns have landed him in trouble. In 2003, Arenas pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for carrying a concealed weapon in San Francisco.
With a 10-20 record and ranked 12th in the Eastern conference, Washington can’t afford to lose their star point guard.
Arenas, a three-time NBA All-Star aka “Agent Zero,” aka “Hibachi,” is definitely in some hot water. “We’re going to get to the bottom of this, if there is a bottom to this, said Manager Ernie Grunfeld.