March 23, 2010
Gilbert Arenas'(notes) sentencing for bringing guns to the Verizon Center locker room begins this Friday, and as mentioned in today's links, prosecutors are going to be asking for three months of jail time for the Wizards guard. Additionally, they'll be seeking three years probabation and 300 hours community service.
However, what we didn't mention is the accompanying document that contained those recommendations. And it's a doozy.
The sentencing memo that was presented today by the Washington Post (read all 61 pages here) contains just about everything you could want to know about the case. The main thrust of the argument is detailed in five points.
• The evidence uncovered by the government contradicts the defendant's claims regarding when and why he brought the four firearms in to the Verizon Center, a matter bearing directly on the seriousness of the offense;
• Contrary to the defendant's claim, his conduct was not a laughing matter;
• The defendant feigns ignorance of the law, which is plainly untrue, in an effort to mitigate the significance of his actions;
• The defendant has not been as forthcoming as he suggests, but instead has repeatedly attempted to minimize the extent of his culpability; and
• The defendant's conduct since the time of the incident establishes that he has shown little genuine remorse for anything other than how this incident may affect his career.
Yikes. Of course, there's an account of what allegedly happened in the Wizards' locker room. After that, the memo goes on to detail how Arenas continually changed his story about why he brought the guns with him.
First, it was to get them away from his family. Then he brought them to sell to a teammate. Then he only brought one gun on the day of the confrontation with Crittenton, and that three guns were already on the premises. However, the memo states that "This story simply defies logic and credulity — because it is false."
Additionally, the memo calls Arenas' actions "calculated and premeditated." Essentially, he meant to bring them to mess with Javaris Crittenton(notes), and that his "self-serving, ever-evolving story is not true."
Perhaps most damning is the cover-up that Arenas hatched. After telling Wizards officials about the confrontation with Crittenton, the next day Arenas backtracked, hoping to take full responsibility for the incident. First he told team management Crittenton wasn't even present, which quickly changed to Crittenton being present but not having a gun. Finally, the above messages were sent to a teammate, who was supposed to pass the new plan to Crittenton.
All in all, it's an eye-popping story and that's before getting to pictures of the guns Gilbert took in to the locker room. Yep, they're there, even the golden Desert Eagle. Like I said, this memo has everything you could possibly want to know about this case.
Naturally Arenas and his lawyers had the chance to request a lighter sentence. They're hoping for probation and community service and they have their own memo which is equally as engrossing.
Arenas' defense memo is basically a short novel of how great Gilbert Arenas is, and I don't mean that in a flippant way at all. His athletic determination, his success as a father, his community service, all highlighted by several letters testifying to his character. Were he not in this situation, we'd be celebrating everything that's in this document. Seriously.
Nonetheless, he is in this situation, and it's a bad one. And it's one he got himself in to. Starting this Friday, he enters in to its newest phase, which might be the worst part yet.