NBA: Wizards' Arenas, Crittenton suspended for season
NEW YORK — Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the season Wednesday by NBA commissioner David Stern, who said guns in the workplace “will not be tolerated.”
Stern delivered the punishment after meeting with Arenas earlier in the day, turning his indefinite suspension into a suspension without pay.
Both players have admitted bringing guns into the Washington Wizards’ locker room, a violation of the collective bargaining agreement, following a dispute on a team flight. Stern said the players expressed remorse, but added, “nevertheless, there is no justification for their conduct.”
“The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one’s home or elsewhere,” Stern said in a statement. “It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated.”
Arenas, who is forfeiting about $147,200 per game, had already been suspended indefinitely earlier this month. Crittenton, who met with Stern on Tuesday, will lose about $13,435 per game.
Arenas pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to a felony gun charge after an alleged confrontation with Crittenton in the at Verizon Center. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 26. He’s in the second season of a six-year, $111 million contract.