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Guns, fireworks and credit card frauds - Agent Zero never quits

Published by Axel on 8th February - 00:17 (CET)
10 years ago Gilbert Arenas had it all. He was one of the best scorers in the NBA. He hosted $1 million birthday parties starring Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Lil' Wayne, T.I. and The Game (back when those guys were relevant). He had a signature shoe with Adidas called 'Adidas Gil Zero'. He was on the cover for NBA Live 08 and above all, he was a pretty good Halo player. Then something happened and he fucked it all up...

Since he has recently been involved in some real shady shit we thought it was time to once again talk about our ol' friend Agent Zero!

To give this story - which has a multi-purpose since it will also serve as a tutorial on how to fuck up your NBA career in the quickest time possible - its true value we have to start from the beginning, with the incident that later would lead to his NBA suspension and the desctruction of his career.

These are the words of Arenas' former teammate Caron Butler, who gave out his memoirs called 'Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA' some months ago.
"On the flight home the next night after we lost at Phoenix, Gilbert, teammate Javaris Crittenton, and several other players were in a card game that got real heated. While Gilbert was a dominating presence on the team, Javaris didn’t roll with some of his ways. The players were in seats facing each other with a pull-out table between them. I was in the seat next to them half asleep as we began our descent into DC.

My eyes popped open when I heard Javaris say, “Put the money back. Put the [expletive] money back“.

I ain’t putting [expletive] back,” Gilbert replied. “Get it the way Tyson got the title. Might or fight or whatever you got to do to get your money back. Otherwise, you ain’t gettin’ it.

When Gilbert put the money in his pocket, Javaris lunged over the table to grab him. Antawn Jamison, seated across the aisle, leaped up, shoved Javaris’s shoulder down on the table, and held it there with the full weight of his body while telling him to calm down.

I got up and yelled “Hey, everybody shut the [expletive] up. How much was in the pot?“

It was $1,100.

It shouldn’t be that hard to pay what you owe him,” I told Gilbert. “We all make a great living, so just pay the money.“

A man who has a $111 million contract shouldn’t be fighting over $1,100.

Message not received. The two of them kept arguing as we buckled up for the landing.

They were still going at it when we all got on an airport shuttle van to take us to our vehicles.

Ernie Grunfeld, the team president, leaned over to me and said in a pleading manner, “Talk to them.”

“I did,” I told him, “but they keep arguing.”

Everyone could hear Gilbert and Javaris going at it as we rode along.

“I’ll see your [expletive] at practice and you know what I do,” Gilbert said.

“What the [expletive] you mean, you know what I do?” replied Javaris.

“I play with guns.”

“Well I play with guns, too.”

We had the next day off, but on the following day, December 21, practice started at ten o’clock at the Verizon Center so we all wandered in a little earlier.

When I entered the locker room, I thought I had somehow been transported back to my days on the streets of Racine. Gilbert was standing in front of his two locker stalls, the ones previously used by Michael Jordan, with four guns on display. Javaris was standing in front of his own stall, his back to Gilbert.

“Hey, MF, come pick one,” Gilbert told Javaris while pointing to the weapons. “I’m going to shoot your [expletive] with one of these.”

“Oh no, you don’t need to shoot me with one of those,” said Javaris, turning around slowly like a gunslinger in the Old West. “I’ve got one right here.”

He pulled out his own gun, already loaded, cocked it, and pointed it at Gilbert.

Other players who had been casually arriving, laughing and joking with each other, came to a sudden halt, their eyes bugging out. It took them only a few seconds to realize this was for real, a shootaround of a whole different nature. They all looked at each other and then they ran, the last man out locking the door behind him.

I didn’t panic because I’d been through far worse, heard gunshots more times than I could count, and seen it all before. This would have been just another day on the south side.

I talked calmly to Javaris, reminding him that his entire career, not to mention, perhaps, his life, would be over if he flicked that trigger finger.

I looked back at Gilbert. He was silent as he removed himself from the scene.

Javaris slowly lowered the gun.

I know that Gilbert was thinking, “I went too far. I had a gun pointed at me and it was loaded.”

Somebody outside the locker room called 911. Flip Saunders was the coach back then, but he was too scared to even come into the locker room.

I was under no illusions that many of the rest of us were not going to be affected by the gun incident. I knew this was the end of the Washington franchise as we had known it. With Mr. Pollin gone, a new regime coming in, and the image of the team shattered by guns that weren’t even fired, it was time to tear up the Wizards, wipe the roster clean, and start all over again.

Grunfeld warned me that was going to happen. “We might have to trade everyone,” he said. “Rebuild from scratch, looking forward to the future.”

All I said was, “Okay.” What else could I say?"

Since Arenas violated NBA rules against bringing firearms into an arena, and also violated D.C. ordinances he was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a violation of Washington D.C.'s gun-control laws on January 14, 2010. Arenas pleaded guilty to the felony of carrying an unlicensed pistol outside a home or business on January 15.

On Arenas' 28th birthday, he was suspended by the NBA indefinitely without pay until the investigation was complete. What actually got Arenas in to more trouble with the NBA was when he pretended to shoot his teammates with guns made from his fingers during a pre game introduction.

NBA Commissioner David Stern later released this statement about his on court act:
"His behaviour has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game". On March 26, 2010 Arenas was convicted for his crimes and was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days in a halfway house. He started his sentence in the halfway house on April 9 and was released on May 7. Following this incident Adidas also dropped their sponsorship of him.

With a lingering knee injury and all those off court problems Arenas never made it back to stardom, and a few years later he was playing for Shanghai Sharks in the CBA. But Gilbert didn't seem to matter, he had already landed that $111 million contract with the Wizards back in 2008.

He then had a few incidents where he admitted that he ran about 60 red lights in 4 months and got away with it by keeping his dealer plates on his vehicle. He also was arrested by the LAPD in 2013 for the possession of illegal fireworks (well, can't blame him for that one).
After that he went into real agent mode and stayed quite for a while. But not for too long! He dropped a few bombs on his instagram account the last few months, where he started off by posting a video of two fitness models hooping, contrasting the players in the WNBA, which he said looked like "cast members from #orangeisthenewblack... [D]ont get me wrong, they have few #cutiepies but theres a whole alotta #beanpies running around”.
In follow-up comments, he suggested that potential viewers did not want to watch WNBA games because they involved women acting and dressing like men. WNBA spokesman Mike Bass called his comments "repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong.

But even better than that is last week when he openly admitted to credit card fraud. Have a look...
Then he ended his spree with this...
Well, atleast it seems like he has some of that Washington money left...

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