Gilbert Arenas suspended indefinitely

Mark ButerbaughSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2010

The NBA has suspended Gilbert Arenas without pay indefinitely and effective immediately in response to Arenas' admission that he illegally transported guns into Washington, D.C. and then broke league rules by bringing those guns into the Verizon Center locker room. The suspension will continue until, at least, the NBA concludes its investigation into the matter.

NBA Commissioner David Stern made it clear he didn't approve of Arenas' casual response to the gun matter, particularly the way Arenas has joked about it and the photograph in today's Washington Post that showed the star guard using his fingers to "shoot" his teammates, as if he was using pistols.

When asked last night in Philadelphia about the possibility of being suspended by Stern, Arenas seemed concerned that it might happen.

"Stern is mean," Arenas said. "I think he may make his decision before [the legal process plays out]. Most likely he's getting a lot of pressure, because of all the stories going around, to act. . . . I've looked at some of the charges brought against other people and they were [suspended] three to five games."

The stiffest gun-related penalty Stern has handed out was a seven-game suspension for Stephen Jackson, who pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal recklessness after firing five shots in a dispute outside an Indianapolis strip club.

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