Washington Wizards player, Gilbert Arenas was released from a halfway house this morning after completing his one month sentence stemming from a felony gun charge.
Arenas, who plead guilty to felony gun possession in January, was ordered to spend a month in a halfway house after he reportedly brought two guns to the Wizards locker room. In addition to his one month stint, Arenas was also sentenced to two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service that can’t be performed at basketball clinics.
Although Arenas is dealing with legal issues, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld has said definitively that the team’s marquee player will be welcome back next season. It’s possible that approach will change after Ted Leonsis completes his purchase of the team in the coming weeks, but the size of the contract would make a trade difficult, and the players’ union would vigorously fight any attempt to void it.
Arena’s NBA suspension officially expired at the end of the season, and he has four years remaining on a six-year, $111 million contract he signed with the Wizards in the summer of 2008.
To show that he is ready to put it all behind him, Arenas began his 400 hours of community service while at the halfway house. His second year of probation may be unsupervised if he abides by all of its conditions, but even though he is trying to move forward, issues surrounding guns keep haunting the baller.
While in the halfway house, Arenas was sued by a Beverly Hills company for more than $70,000, saying it has been storing five Beretta pistols he bought in 2006 and never picked up.
As of press time Arenas had no comment regarding the lawsuit.