January 06, 2010
More details have emerged about the alleged locker room confrontation between Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas(notes) and Javaris Crittenton(notes) — a confrontation that has led to the indefinite suspension of Arenas, a grand jury case, and, um, this.
And if the new details, unearthed by Mike Wise of the Washington Post, are accurate, Mr. Crittenton might be in just as much trouble as Mr. Arenas.
You sittin' down, David Stern?
According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, Crittenton responded to Arenas's action — which included laying the four unloaded weapons in Crittenton's cubicle with a note that read, "Pick One" — by brandishing his own firearm, loading a clip of ammunition into the gun and cocking the weapon. [Emphasis added.]
Two of the five people in the room that morning, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Arenas had originally not disclosed Crittenton's action to protect the little-used guard from prosecution and had told Crittenton he would assume full responsibility for the actions of both players that day.
Mark Bartlestein, Crittenton's agent, declined comment, but Crittenton, via text, said that the account provided by the witnesses was "false" and that he has "done nothing wrong."
Also, at this point, Crittenton's alleged weapon is missing, which Preston Burton, a defense attorney and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District, said makes it "extremely difficult, if not impossible, to make a case."
Man, where's Bunk and McNulty when you need 'em? What a mess.