Sidelined NBA player Gilbert Arenas continues to deal with the fallout over weapons charges. We know he did it to himself, but we’re starting to feel bad for him, even though some folks say he was let off easy. Pop the hood for details.
NBA star Gilbert Arenas may have avoided jail time for his conviction on the gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation with a teammate, but he is not completely out of the water.
Yesterday (March 26) District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin ordered that Arenas spend 30 days in a halfway house as a result of his conviction, as well as conduct 400 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.
Prosecutors who were notably upset with the verdict, wanted Arenas to go to jail for a minimum of three months for what they claim was a cover up due to Arenas allegedly lying repeatedly about why the guns were in the locker room. Prosecutors also say that the incident was a pre-meditated, because Arenas tried to cover up the details about what actually happened during the altercation.
“If any other individual — without the fame, power, and the wealth of this defendant — brought four firearms into Washington, D.C., for the purpose of a similar confrontation,” they would surely go to jail, U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh wrote in court papers.