Arenas Fallout Causes Nets Players To Lose Gambling Privileges
Gilbert Arenas may have just been having some fun in his view, but the fallout from his gun escapades appears to have only just begun. Arenas may have to answer to other NBA players who are having their rights taken away because of his actions.
Although Arenas is suspended indefinitely by the league, teams are now taking precautions to ensure that this type of exposure does not come from within their organizations. The New Jersey Nets are among the first teams to act on the situation.
The Nets have banned gambling on team flights. New Jersey officials claim that gambling has never been an issue within their locker room or on the flights, but that they are taking precautions instead of reacting after a problem.
Arenas' problems began, according to several reports, after he and teammate Javaris Crittenton had a dispute while gambling on a Wizards team flight home from a recent West Coast trip. The dispute carried over to the locker room in the days after the gambling occurred.
Arenas claims he was just playing with Crittenton when he pulled a gun and placed in by his locker. The league did not find the joke funny. Arenas, given a chance to make amends, instead mocked his mishap by shooting a finger pistol at teammates before a game. He then joked about the seriousness of having the gun in his locker.
The next day, Commissioner David Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely, and a voiding of his contract could be coming next. In the meantime, other teams have started to take steps to avoid this type of embarrassment to the league in the future.
January 8, 2010
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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