Gilbert Arenas avoids jail, gets two years probation, 30 days in halfway house

So he really is going to be a (relatively) free Gilbert.  Craig Stouffer was first, but Mike Jones has the full scoop.

Arenas receives 30 days in halfway house, two yrs supervised probation, 400 hrs community service.    

Arenas will also donate $5,000 to the Victims of Violent Crimes Fund.  All things considered, Arenas got off quite well.

Much, much more on this later.

UPDATE: Via the Washington City Paper, here's what Arenas said to the judge.

"I'd like to say, I'm really sorry this happened, and I wake up every day wishing it didn't," Arenas said to Morin. By way of explaining his infamous guns-a-blazin' gesture in Philadelphia, Arenas said, "I like to make people to laugh. I like to make people smile."

He apparently was crying when he said this. 

In response, Judge Morin said this:

"I believe that you at your core are a good person, that you are genuinely remorseful and get it," Morin replied.  "But the fact that you are a good person and get it doesn't diminish your wrong doing... and additional punishment must be imparted."

Other stuff:

  • Gil apparently paid Javaris Crittenton $30K for Crittenton's mom's neck surgery, according to Arenas' defense attorney
  • Arenas' attorney said the government has "embarked on a PR campaign," which I assume is bad
  • Adrian Wojnarowski believes this hurts the chances of voiding the contract (unlike what Larry Coon said); and 
  • Arenas' fiance came and was worried, even though Arenas asked her not to come. 
  • Wizznutzz is hilarious

UPDATE: Just to clarify, if Arenas violates his probation, he gets 18 months in jail, according to the Washington Post

UPDATE: The Wizards issued the following statement.

"We believe today's sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months.   Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community.  We are confident that he has learned something significant from the experience and we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve."

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