Gilbert Arenas Recommended for 3 month jail sentence

Woodrow Bellamy IIIContributor IMarch 24, 2010

WASHINGTON -  JANUARY 15:  NBA player Gilbert Arenas (L) and his layer Kenneth L Wainstein (C) arrive at District of Columbia Court January 15, 2010 in Washington, DC.  The Washington Wizards star was to appear in court to answer to felony charges for bringing gun into the Wizards locker room.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Federal prosecutors sentenced Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas to three months in jail on Tuesday.

The feds claim that Arenas repeatedly lied about why he carried guns into the Verizon Center, and that his confrontation with teammate Jarvis Crittenton "was not a little joke."  The District Attorney's office released a 61 page sentencing memo that provided new details on the case.

Arenas' role was called a "premeditated threat" according to the Washington Post

"The day after the locker room confrontation, the defendant tried to orchestrate a cover-up to conceal his confrontation with Crittenton, a campaign that would continue . . . for some time," prosecutors wrote. (Washington Post )

Gilbert's attorney is asking for up to two years on probation for his client. 

Crittenton told prosecutors that  Arenas' threats were serious and that he brought a gun to the Verizon Center for protection.  Is that snitching? (Pause.)

Prosecutors were originally seeking six months in jail with three months suspended and 300 hours of community service, which is pretty good when you consider that Plaxico Burress is doing two years for shooting himself in the thigh.

They also cited text messages and tweets from Arenas where he claimed that he would "come up with a story" to tell them in place of the truth.

This is a very sad day for Gilbert Arenas, so many prominent young black celebrities keep ending up in jail or on the brink, note: Gilbert Arenas, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, and the list goes on and on.

Hopefully Gilbert can get no time in jail and return to the hardwood next season and redeem his career.