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Wainstein included dozens of letters of support for the former all star, including from his father,...

Wainstein included dozens of letters of support for the former all star, including from his father, his high school coach, Washington Mystics player Alana Beard, ESPNlosangeles.com writer Dave McMenamin and from several heads of mentoring and youth groups where Arenas has volunteered. The only letter of support from the Wizards came from Sashia R. Jones, director of Wizards community relations.

One of the ongoing debates during Gilbert's gun saga has been the Wizards' support of Gilbert throughout the investigation. The latest from Keith L. Alexander adds an interesting nugget of information to the debate. In fairness, the Wizards could have intended the letter to speak on behalf of the entire organization. You can read Jones' letter for yourself on page 78 of this PDF for yourself and draw your own conclusions. It appears to me that she is speaking on her own behalf, but the letter was written on Wizards' stationery. UPDATE: As Dan Steinberg points out, the Wizards' equipment manager also wrote a letter.

Wiz guard Javaris Crittenton has elected not to appeal league's season-long suspension. Out for the...

Wiz guard Javaris Crittenton has elected not to appeal league's season-long suspension. Out for the year.

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Without prison time, it’s unlikely the Wizards would have a sustainable case to terminate the c...

Without prison time, it’s unlikely the Wizards would have a sustainable case to terminate the contract. With it, it’s possible. Whatever the circumstances, the process of trying could have damning consequences should they lose and Arenas eventually returns from a league suspension. The relationship is already fractured beyond repair. A vicious, nasty fight with Arenas could ultimately unseal and unleash whatever secrets lay within the walls of the Verizon Center. The Wizards will be taking on the wrath of Arenas, the players union and ultimately putting themselves on trial for a culture of enablement that existed for years with the clown prince of basketball. This case has polarized the Wizards’ locker room – pitting the front office and players against each other – and an unprecedented fight to terminate Arenas’ contract could unravel the franchise. The Wizards better hope they win, because the possibility of trying to reintegrate Arenas into an organization that tried to take away his contract could have colossal complications. "If they try to terminate his contract and fail, they’re in big trouble," said a source familiar with the Wizards-Arenas dynamic. "The Wizards don’t want Arenas back in the locker room after they’ve tried to screw him."

Adrian Wojarowski, kind of proving that Arenas isn't coming back to the Wizards no matter what happens to Gilbert this afternoon.

Just a heads-up - Andray Blatche said the four guys fined for the incident against Philly were him,...

Just a heads-up - Andray Blatche said the four guys fined for the incident against Philly were him, Nick Young, Randy Foye and JaVale McGee because they planned it, while the others were just playing along.

Kyle mentioned this to me and I heard it as well.

Sadly, Mike Wise's story in The Washington Post today, which went online last night, is true (not...

Sadly, Mike Wise's story in The Washington Post today, which went online last night, is true (not that Wise, as quality a journalist as they come, would make something up). A source, who was in the locker room at the time has confirmed all the details. Angered by having to pay an extra $1,100 that Arenas backed out of, and further provoked by Arenas' refusal to take him seriously while he tried to get him to pay his part to JaVale McGee rather than leave him with the bag, and further exasperated by more mocking by Arenas the next day (when the three-time All-Star placed the four guns on the third-year player's chair), Crittenton did pull out his own gun, lock and load it during his dispute with Arenas.

Mike Jones. That's now two reporters I trust (Wise and Jones) confirming the Crittenton part of the story.

Depending on what facts are discovered in other interviews with possible witnesses to the Dec. 21...

Depending on what facts are discovered in other interviews with possible witnesses to the Dec. 21 locker room confrontation between Arenas and previously obscure guard Javaris Crittenton, the official said one likely outcome would be the following: Arenas, 27, would be permitted to plead guilty to charges of carrying a pistol without a license, a felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison. Such a charge would require a grand jury indictment, which could be acquired quickly since five grand juries are seated at any given time in the District. Any other charges -- which could include misdemeanor counts for possession of unregistered firearms, carrying maximum jail time of six months for each count -- would be dismissed. In exchange for Arenas' cooperation and guilty plea, the prosecutor would ask for no jail time.

Ken Berger on Gilbert Arenas' situation. I promise we're going FanShot only from here on out on Arenas unless big news breaks, because I'm ready for actual basketball talk, but this report is particularly interesting because Berger talks to law enforcement officials. The big point: Arenas could plead guilty to operating an unlicensed firearm (I was under the impression it was licensed in Virginia, but maybe not) and avoid all other possible charges, whereby he'd avoid jail time UNLESS the grand jury places a lot of weight in Arenas' other gun charge back in 2003 (even though it was not in DC's jurisdiction).

As a reporter, you can only go off what you're given from your sources, but I had a sneaky...

As a reporter, you can only go off what you're given from your sources, but I had a sneaky suspicion that there was something more to this. One league source told me that there HAD to be simply because of the fact that this news of Arenas' gun possession got to the league office. The source said that it's not common for a team to find out that a player has a gun on team property, but they tell him to get it out of there and everything is kept hush, hush.

Some interesting thoughts on Gun-Gate from Mike Jones on his new blog.
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