NBA Scolds Arenas For Bets With Fans
Monday, March 26, 2007
LOS ANGELES, March 25 -- The NBA warned Gilbert Arenas on Sunday not to repeat his actions of Tuesday night, when he said he made $10 bets with a group of fans during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
"We spoke to Gilbert and explained the issue to him," NBA spokesman John Acunto said. "And he assured us he wouldn't do anything like this again."
Arenas said the bets stemmed from heckling that was coming his way throughout the Wizards' 100-98 loss.
"I owe some guy $10," Arenas said after the game. "At the beginning of the game, I told somebody I was going to hit the game-winner if it came down to it. So I owe him $10."
On his blog for NBA.com, Arenas said he had obtained the fans' e-mail addresses so he could pay them. Earlier in the season, Arenas engaged in a three-point shooting contest with teammate DeShawn Stevenson after a practice and, according to both players, Stevenson owed Arenas $20,000 for losing. Later, both said no money was exchanged and called it a "friendly wager."
Repeating a Broken Record
Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers dropped the Wizards to 2-6 without injured forward Caron Butler and the team went 4-12 earlier in the season when Antawn Jamison was out with a left knee sprain. "We can't make excuses," Coach Eddie Jordan said. "It's like any other team. That's life in the NBA. . . . We have other guys who can step up and that's what they have to do."
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