In a recent interview with DJ Vlad, Gilbert Arenas shared more details about the infamous gun incident from 2009. But as it turns out, that wasn’t the only one involving Agent Zero.
The Javaris Crittenton showdown
Former Wizards star already talked about how a crazy game of cards with Javaris Crittenton led to both players bringing guns to the team’s locker room. In an interview with Dj Vlad, Arenas confirmed his former teammate pulled out a loaded gun and pointed it at him.
“This sh*t was little,” Arenas recalled. “It was little, because I said, ‘What is that? Is that the gun from Harlem’s Night? Man, put that little sh*t away bro. I’m giving you big people sh*t right there, put that little gun away.'”
According to Arenas, he brought four guns to practice and laid them out in front of Crittenton’s locker. When Crittenton arrived, Arenas told him to pick one out and shoot him with it. That’s when Javaris pulled a gun that was locked and loaded on No.0. In another version of the story, Arenas brought the guns but told Crittenton to pick which one should Arenas use to shoot him with.
The story has been told and retold hundreds of times, and it’s almost impossible to determine which version is true. The bigger question is, why bring a gun into the locker room in the first place?
The reason it’s hard for the outside world to really understand like, ‘Guns in the locker room, guns at work.’ Technically yes, but technically no because it’s our building, it’s the safest building for us. That is actually safer than our homes ’cause there’s security.Gilbert Arenas, DJ Vlad
“Lots of players kept guns in arena”
According to Agent Zero, bringing guns to arenas was common in the NBA during the ’00s. And not just guns — everything players deemed valuable at some point wound up in their locker.
“Usually, jewelry, guns are there, not the house,” Arenas said. “The clubs are downtown; the gym is downtown, so the chances of us getting stopped with a gun is high — you know, back then there was really no security guards like that — so what players would do they would drive from home, drive to the arena, put their guns in the locker room, go to the club, and then from the club, go to the arena, get their guns, and then go back home.”
In hindsight, the infamous gun showdown between Arenas and Crittenton doesn’t seem so weird anymore. Because if what Gilbert is saying is true, such occurrences happened much more often than people think; it’s just that these two got caught.
“I’ve had fuc*ing paintball and BB guns shootouts in our locker room,” Arenas said. “I’m older now, I’ve pointed guns at teammates before. I just had it, it was my rookie season. One of my teammates, you know rookie hazing, they tied me and threw me in a bucket and I rushed home to get my gone. I said, ‘Try that sh*t again.’ And they did. They whooped my ass again.”
After the incident, late NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended both Arenas and Crittenton for the remainder of the 2009 season. But if what Gilbert is saying is true, and bringing guns to a locker room was as common as he describes, a lot more suspensions could’ve been handed out. Guys were just lucky no one ever decided to look into it. The same can’t be said about Arenas and Crittenton, who will forever be remembered for their gun showdown from 2009.