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Gilbert Arenas comes under closer scrutiny over guns and dispute with teammate
Under the collective bargaining agreement, players cannot have weapons at NBA facilities. Arenas hasn't been charged with a crime, but he could face a league fine or suspension following the investigation. The NBA and the Wizards are waiting to see if law enforcement agencies file charges before making a decision. An NBA Players Association spokesman said that the union is "actively monitoring all aspects of the situation."
On Friday, the Wizards released another statement. "The Washington Wizards take this situation and the ongoing investigation very seriously. We are continuing to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA and will have no further comment at this time."
The Wizards (10-20) have had a disappointing season on and off the court. They are in last place in the Southeast Division.
According to two sources close to the team, Crittenton and Arenas had a disagreement on the team plane on the Wizards flight from Phoenix on Dec. 19. The reason for the dispute is unclear, but it may have been over a card game.
A person who has spoken with Arenas recently said that the incident involving Crittenton was "nothing more than horseplay" and that there was never any intent to physically harm Crittenton. The person also said the argument between Arenas and Crittenton was over "who had the bigger gun."
Regardless of the circumstances, one player said Friday that the entire incident made him feel uncomfortable because the locker room is considered "sacred."
The NBA collective bargaining agreement prohibits firearms at league facilities. The clause was added in 2005, following an incident in 2002 involving Chris Mills, who was a member of the Golden State Warriors and a teammate of Arenas at the time. After a fight with the Portland Trail Blazers' Bonzi Wells, Mills allegedly pulled a weapon on the Blazers' team bus.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Sebastian Telfair was fined an undisclosed amount in 2006 for carrying a loaded handgun registered to his girlfriend on the team plane at Boston's Logan International Airport when he was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Arenas has a prior weapons charge and was suspended for the season opener in 2004-05 after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons and vehicle charge for possessing a concealed weapon and driving without a license in 2003.
Wizards Coach Flip Saunders declined to comment on the situation, but he said that Arenas may not be available for the game on Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs after developing some soreness in his left knee this week.
Staff reporter Clarence Williams contributed to this report.