NBA superstar Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards has been suspended indefinitely by league commissioner David Stern. Arenas made the questionable decision to store weapons in the team locker room at the Verizon Center and then, according to the Washington Post, placing four guns, unloaded, in the locker of teammate Javaris Crittenton with a note reading “pick one”. Arenas and Crittenton had been arguing over a gambling debt. According to his statement, Arenas claimed that it was all a “misguided effort to play a joke” on his teammate.
Crittenton, allegedly, responded by brandishing his own gun and loading it. The incident holds a note of irony in the fact that the late owner, Abe Pollin, changed the team name to Wizards because he felt the previous name of Bullets sent a violent message. The investigation is ongoing.
So why would Gilbert Arenas store weapons in the Wizards’ locker room? Arenas, who welcomed a new daughter last month, claims that he wanted the guns out of the house following the baby’s arrival. This begs the question as to why they were allowed in the house at all – Arenas has two other children, Izela (3) and Alijah (2), and one would think that a pair of toddlers would run a greater risk of finding a handgun than a newborn.
Obviously Arenas did not feel comfortable storing weapons in his home despite the availability of gun lockers and safes on the market, which, presumably, many gun owners have found to be reliable methods of firearm storage.
But I get it, he didn’t want guns around the baby. What I don’t get is why they were around his other children and what changed to make him question the safety of the situation? At the end of the day I am much more concerned about that than the altercation between Arenas and Crittenton.
Bad decisions abound, but I can’t help but think it could have been much worse.
What do you think?