On the same day that Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA, new, much scarier details about the locker room confrontation between him and Javaris Crittenton have surfaced. Originally the story was that Arenas placed four guns on a chair and told Crittenton to "pick one" (remember, all as a joke). But in a new report from Mike Wise of the Washington Post, the scene may have been even more dangerous than previously thought.
According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, Crittenton responded to Arenas's action -- which included laying the four unloaded weapons in Crittenton's cubicle with a note that read, "Pick One" -- by brandishing his own firearm, loading a clip of ammunition into the gun and cocking the weapon.
Arenas never spoke of this earlier because he wanted to protect Crittenton from prosecution. For the record, Crittenton said the account was "false." Also, at this point, his alleged gun has never been found. Preston Burton, a defense attorney in the District, said, "It's going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to make a case without a gun."
The full, updated account of what took place in the Wizards' locker room, as reported by Mike Wise, according to two unnamed witnesses:
Walking into the locker room by himself two days after the dispute on the team plane, according to two witnesses, Arenas laid out the guns in Crittenton's locker. Two other teammates eventually sauntered in and, while Arenas was writing the note in front of Crittenton's cubicle, in walked Crittenton, according to their account.
Asking Arenas what he was doing, Arenas replied, "If you want to shoot me, I'd just thought I'd make it easy for you." As other teammates laughed, Crittenton crumpled up the paper, tossed one of Arenas's guns across the room, where it bounced in front of a team trainer, and said he didn't need any of Arenas' firearms because he had his own, according to the witness accounts. Crittenton then drew his weapon, loaded the clip into the chamber and cocked the bar, the witnesses said.
Neither witness said the gun was ever pointed at Arenas, but both said Crittenton began singing as he held the gun.
Arenas began laughing, the witnesses said, telling Crittenton, "Look at that little shiny gun," as two other players slowly retreated to the training room.
Arenas eventually followed. By the time the players came back out, Crittenton was gone.