Washington’s Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to gun-related charge
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Suspended Washington Wizards standout Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license today as part of of plea deal with prosecutors that could still result in prison time.
Arenas’ attorney said prosecutors will seek a sentence on the lower end of the sentencing guidelines. It is estimated that a low-end sentence would be no more than six months.
In a statement read by his attorney, Kenneth Wainstein, Arenas ‘accepted full responsibility for his actions and acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct.’
Prosecutors said the charges stem from a confrontation the three-time all-star had with teammate Javaris Crittenton on Dec. 21 in the Wizards’ locker room. The confrontation was the result of an argument the two had over a card game two days earlier while flying home from a game in Phoenix.
There have been conflicting reports as to whether Arenas or Crittenton pulled guns on each other in the locker room.
Arenas admitted to storing four unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center to keep them from his children. He then admitted to taking the guns out of the locker in a ‘misguided effort to play a joke’ on a teammate.
Crittenton has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.
Arenas has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA. His guilty plea likely will further delay his return to the basketball court.
We’ll have more on Arenas later at latimes.com/sports.
-- Austin Knoblauch
The Associated Press contributed to this report.