So, the story that just won’t go away from that fateful Wizards season that effectively ended the careers of several players has gotten much more serious. Gilbert Arenas has gone to Instagram again to defend his reputation, this time not denying his own involvement in the situation but further clarifying the details of the initial dustup that led to the gun-wielding incident. (And as he did the first time, he deleted the Instagram post in question after about an hour.)
What’s most eye popping about this is that for what it’s worth, Arenas appears to have an incredibly detailed memory about this situation, which is understandable, considering how it affected his life. But the charges he’s levying against Butler here are no joke.
Arenas accuses Butler of lying about the physical altercation on the plane in his book “Tuff Juice,” and then giving authorities an inaccurate view of what actually happened with Javaris Crittenton. The word “snitch” comes up once.
Of course, every time a so-called tell-all book comes out, there are people who claim that authors are lying. But Arenas names names and admits his own guilt. Here’s the passage in full, edited and sanitized from Arenas-ese. You might need a pen and pad to diagram the plane seating chart. He did it over two posts.
I will not give details because this story really needs to be told, but I want Wiz Nation to look at Caron Butler’s version of what happened on the plane. But here’s the layout so you can figure out why his version is [expletive] Halloween dog [crap]. Entering the plane, the seating to your right, [seats] 1 and 2 are flipped, facing toward the back. There’s a table, then seats 3 [and] 4 which are normal plane seating. Seats 2 and 4 are window seats facing each other, 1 and 3 are aisle seats. The next row, 5 and 6 are about four feet away from 3 and 4. The left side, its standard, no table, so the seats aren’t flipped, but they have more space. So the right side has eight seats and the left side has six seats. So seats 3 and 4 on the left are equal to seats 5 and 6 on the right.
Now, let’s place everyone. Right side: seats 1 and 2, Earl and Me. Seats 3 and 4, Caron Butler and Javaris Crittenton. Seat 6, the people’s champ, haha, Brendon Haywood. So, Brendan Haywood is behind Crit, so Butler is elbows with Crittenton. Okay? [On the] left side, Javale McGee should be in Seat 1, but his [behind] is sitting on the arm rest so he can reach the table. But, very important: seat 4 is Antawn Jamison, it’s a window seat. Remember it’s equal to seat 6 on the right side. So we have the spacing now. Butler said in his book [that] it got heated. I put the money in my pocket, which if anyone knows, I didn’t win any money, Javale won, lmao.
But let’s stay focused, so once the money hit my pocket (wink), Crit jumped up and tried to attack me and Jamison had to grab him. I’m going to have to blow the whistle on the play. 20 second TV timeout. Unless Tawn was in Super Street Fighter Hyper Edition, how can Tawn from the left side in seat 4 by the window stop Crit from getting to me? Even if Crit was on syrup, sleeping pills and super slo mo, Tawn couldn’t stop him from where he was. The question is, since you’re right next to him, elbow to elbow, why wasn’t you the one to grab him? From the entire basketball staff, we would like to say Caron couldn’t grab anyone on a plane because [he] was sleep. The seats must have Nyquil in them because Caron is as useless as [a] bull with [breasts] on a plane. Caron was the dude who just missed something and asks, ‘what’s going on?’ Or, you lying to sell books.
Part 2. The Locker Room.
The reason I’m pointing out key facts is [that] my name is being put in a light by someone who actually wasn’t there. In Caron’s book he said Crit pulled out a gun, cocked and loaded at me? I’m so [expletive] confused here. Deshawn Stevenson, stop me if I’m lying, but wasn’t Butler the person who [was] hiding Crit’s gun and said it was an iPod? I took a felony because you told them Crit didn’t have anything and I pointed the gun at him. That’s why the world thinks I’m the one who pulled the gun on my teammate and that’s the story the team thought was correct. Because you convinced the team he didn’t have it. If your story is correct in your book “Tuff Juice” and he had a loaded gun pointed at me, how the [expletive] did I get a felony charge and 30 days in a halfway house and all he got was a slap on the wrist and a misdemeanor charge and I didn’t touch one gun or was near any guns? It took the DA one month to find his gun, because you had it. I respected you as a teammate but this was foul, knowing what you did. I my mouth closed and you dry snitch the wrong story like were a role model and some super teammate. You’re a stand up guy, don’t get me wrong. What you did for Crit was what you should have done but what you did to me wasn’t. So, please don’t act like you liked us one bit, bruh.
Me, Antawn, Andray Blatche, Nick Young, Stevenson, Javale, Brendan Haywood, you need our numbers? The reason I’m coming at you [is] because we had a team meeting and like Eddie [Jordan] once said to you (we’re just going to call it how it is, a spade is spade) ‘good luck with the book tour, but [it’s] straight [BS] [what] you did in this book. [Expletive], can I at least get a signed copy lmao, for real, since I have to live with your [expletive] again. Haha, the only real one [is] me. I had the most to lose and still sat there with my mouth closed and laughed with you. My crime was bringing unloaded guns to a locker room. I paid that price and more.
Quite frankly, when Arenas first went to The Gram to air his thoughts, he didn’t seem very believable. After reading this account, he definitely sounds like he’s telling the truth. Also, asking for a signed copy of a book you’re calling bunk on is a pretty boss move.