The NBA started the new decade in lockdown as Washington, D.C., law enforcement agencies investigated a report that Wizard teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew pistols and pointed them at each other in an argument in the dressing room at the Verizon Center.
CBS Sports had previously reported that D.C. police were investigating reports that Arenas and Crittenton had brought guns into the dressing room.
Arenas acknowledged he had three pistols in a safe in his locker, saying he put them there to keep them away from his young children. Arenas then turned the guns over to the Wizards.
Yahoo reported Friday night, however, that the investigation involved a “standoff” between the two players.
The New York Post then alleged that the two players had actually drawn the guns in an argument over paying off a bet which Arenas allegedly had lost but didn’t pay off.
The Post quoted Kendrick Long, a friend of Crittenton, who says he learned of the incident from Javaris.
“(Arenas) was … with him,” Long told the Post. “He (Crittenton) was just defending himself!”
Arenas posted tweets Friday, first noting, “i wake up this morning and seen i was the new JOHN WAYNE. … Media is too funny.”
In a subsequent post several hours later, he wrote, “i understand this is serious.. but if u ever met me you know i dont do serious things. im a goof ball this story today dont sound goofy to me.”
At the team’s practice Friday, Arenas, asked if anything had happened between himself and Crittenton, said, “I don’t know.”
The NBA had no comment, with a league spokesman noting, “There is an active investigation by D.C. law enforcement authorities, which we are monitoring closely. We are not taking any independent action at this time.”
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