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Arenas & Crittenton Suspended for Remainder of NBA Season

The Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas won't be stepping onto the basketball court again any time soon.

According to the Washington Post, three-time all-star guard Gilbert Arenas has been suspended without pay for the rest of the NBA season following his guilty plea on gun charges involving a locker-room argument over gambling debts with his teammate Jarvaris Crittenton.

Crittenton also has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the NBA season.

Gilbert Arenas's guilty plea to felony gun possession has raised questions about whether the Wizards may void his six years $111 million contract deal.

As previously discussed, authorities charged Arenas with the felony gun violation after he admitted he drew guns in the team's locker room during a standoff with teammate Javaris Crittenton on Dec. 21 at the Verizon Center.

To escape paying Arenas the rest of his $80.2 million for four years after this season -- the Wizards may seek to void the deal, and do so by invoking the morals clause in the uniform player contract under the league's collective bargaining agreement, the New York Times reports.

Wizards' Javaris Crittenton Faces Gun Charges

Ten days after his teammate pleaded guilty to felony gun possession, Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton faces gun charges.

According to the Washington Post, Crittenton, 22, was charged with weapons violations in an apparent plea deal. He was charged on two counts:

  • possession of a firearm
  • attempting to carry a pistol without a license, both misdemeanors.

Each charge carries a maximum year in jail. Crittenton's lawyer, Peter H. White, says prosecutors plan to drop the second charge. 

Gilbert Arenas Enters Guilty Plea to Felony Gun Possession

Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas entered a guilty plea to felony gun possession.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 26.

According to the Washington Post, Arenas pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a gun without a license, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over his NBA career.

US Attorney's Office Charges Arenas with Felony Gun Possession

Suspended NBA Star Gilbert Arenas has been charged by the U.S. Attorney's office with felony gun possession.

According to the Washington Post, the charge in the Gilbert Arenas gun case was filed was filed  by the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia. He was charged with one count of carrying a pistol without a license, in connection with a locker room standoff with teammate Javaris Crittenton, authorities said.

Felony gun possession in D.C. is a crime that carries a maximum five years in jail and a fine.

NBA Star Jayson Williams also Faces DWI Charge

The flurry of legal trouble continues for former NBA player Jayson Williams. To add to his guilty plea to aggravated assault in the accidental shooting of his driver, he now also has a DWI charge.

According to the Associated Press, Williams was arraigned on drunken-driving charges after his SUV struck a tree in Manhattan. Police say they charged him at the hospital.

The Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas remains under investigation after allegedly bringing firearms to the team's locker room at the Verizon Center.

Now, Wizards coach Flip Saunders says he met with a federal grand jury regarding the Gilbert Arenas gun investigation and indicated that players on his team have also met with authorities, the Associated Press reports.

In addition, three members of the Washington Wizards have met with authorities concerning the Gilbert Arenas gun investigation. According to the AP, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson had to miss practice to answer questions.

Former NBA Star Jayson Williams Enters Guilty Plea

Former NBA star Jayson Williams entered a guilty plea to fatally shooting his limo driver in 2002.

Williams' plea to aggravated assault in connection to the accidental killing of his limosinue driver in his bedroom finally closes the book on a case that has been dragged out for nearly eight years, the Associated Press reports.

Wizards' Gilbert Arenas Could Face Gun Charges

Wizards Gilbert Arenas could be facing more gun charges.

If so, this will be the second time in five years he has faced gun charges. In 2003, Arenas pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon in San Francisco.

Now, according to the Washington Post,the latest gun incident involving NBA all-star happened on December 21. Arenas along with his Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton are accused of weapons violations in the team's locker room during a reported dispute over a poker debt.

Walking Papers for Texas Tech Raiders Coach Mike Leach

Texas Tech head coach was recently handed walking papers

This comes on the heels of his suspension based on complaints that he mishandled a concussion suffered by player Adam James, son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James.

Now, the situation has quickly gotten legal, as Leach was fired before a judge had ruled on his request for a temporary restraining order in hopes of being able to coach in Saturday's Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.