Well it’s been a weekend of conflicting stories and confusing implications with regard to what may or may not have happened in the Wizards locker room a few weeks ago. But courtesy of Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke this story for Yahoo, this much has become clear: The NBA’s not laughing.
Arenas will try use to his charm and clownish antics as the cornerstone of his defense. Whatever legal issues could arise with the strict gun laws in D.C., there’s still the matter of Stern’s punishment. This story has engulfed the league, and several league office and team sources believe Stern will be harsh in his judgment no matter what the legal system decides to do. This could be a suspension that extends over months, possibly the rest of the season.
Arenas is trying to laugh his way out of something that isn’t funny and isn’t a joke to his franchise, to the NBA. Maybe Agent Zero tried to get one too many laughs, but whatever happened, however he tries to spin it now, the consequences promise to be immense for him. He has a story for law enforcement on Monday, and maybe it’s the truth and they’ll believe it. Eventually, he’s going to New York for a most unforgiving judge and jury in Olympic Tower, for David Stern, and it will be a good, long time before Gilbert Arenas is back in the NBA.
The rest of Wojnarowski’s report is fantastic, as he chronicles what’s been a disastrous campaign for Arenas and the Wizards. We’ll have much more on Arenas tomorrow, but for now, as this latest report suggests, the details in this story are secondary. Regardless of what happened that day, the ramifications for Arenas are going to be very, very serious. Something that will undoubtedly alter the career of someone who, just a few years ago, was considered the league’s fastest rising star. In the words of Bunk Moreland… “Some shameful sh—.”