The agent for one of the players involved in an alleged gun-flashing episode in the Washington Wizards locker room last month said his client never did anything wrong.
Reports surfaced Saturday that Wizards All-star guard Gilbert Arenas and rookie Javaris Crittenton pulled guns in the locker room at Verizon Center during a Dec. 21 argument over a gambling debt Arenas owed Crittenton.
"Javaris has done nothing wrong," said Mark Bartelstein, the Chicago-based agent who represents Crittenton. "I think he'll be completely exonerated. I have absolute confidence that once the NBA and the legal system complete their investigations, it will be shown that there was no wrongdoing on his part."
The league is investigating the incident, and both parties are under “serious scrutiny” by the league, according to published reports. Possession of a weapon would put a player in clear violation of NBA rules as well as the District of Columbia’s strict gun-control laws. According to CBS Sports, Arenas initially said he'd brought the weapons to the locker room because he no longer wanted them in his home.
"That's bad judgment on my part to store them in here, and I take responsibility for that," Arenas, 27, said Saturday.
Reportedly, Arenas and Crittenton, 22, got into an argument on the team flight to Washington on Dec. 19, apparently over a card game, the sources told CBSSports.com. The team was off on Dec. 20, but the hostilities continued before a practice at Verizon Center on Dec. 21.
During an argument, Arenas reportedly took three firearms from his locker, placed them on Crittenton's chair and said, "Pick one." Crittenton became angry and said, "Stop your games," then knocked the weapons off the chair, CBSSports.com reports.
The sources did not know Arenas' intentions and did not know whether the firearms were loaded. "I can't speak on that," Arenas said Saturday, when asked if guns were drawn. "But if you know me, you've been here, I've never did anything [involving] violence. Anything I do is funny – well, it's funny to me."
The question now is whether NBA Commissioner Dick Stern or the Washington, D.C. District Attorneys Office will find the incident funny.
Should the men be charged?