WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas said Saturday he used "bad judgment" in bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. He also denied that he gambles and said there are misconceptions in the various stories about a dispute between himself and teammate Javaris Crittenton.
As for the rest, he said he’ll tell it to authorities on Monday.
Arenas spoke after the Wizards’ 97-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. His remarks came after two days of reports about the investigation into the guns he kept at the Verizon Center – and about an hour after the family of late Wizards owner Abe Pollin said it was “extremely poor judgment” that the guns were there in the first place.
“I agree,” Arenas said. “That’s bad judgment on my part to store them in here, and I take responsibility for that.”
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Arenas skirted other questions about the matter. Two officials within the league who have been briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Saturday that it involves a dispute over card-playing gambling debts and a heated discussion in the locker room. Neither official was told of Arenas and Crittenton actually drawing guns on each other — as the New York Post has reported.
Both officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Asked about guns being drawn, Arenas said: “I can’t speak on that. 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.”
Asked if the accounts of what happened have been blown out of proportion, Arenas laughed and said: “A little.”
Arenas said he was “not nervous at all” about the possible outcome of the investigation, but the implications are serious.
What began with the NBA looking into a possible violation of its own rules has turned into a matter involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office and District of Columbia police. The legal system, the league and the Wizards could take action if the allegations prove true.
Asked if he had met with law enforcement officials, Arenas said: “I deal with that on Monday. … I’ve got to put it in their hands and tell the story and see what they say.”
Arenas again stressed that he’s “a jokester” and that nothing in his life is actually serious. Many of the comments he has made on the matter have been lighthearted.
“I’m a goof ball and that’s what I am, so even doing something like this, I’m going to make fun of it and that’s how I am,” Arenas said. “Some people say I’m not taking it serious, but why be depressed at home when I can just make myself laugh?”