Memphis Grizzlies guard Gilbert Arenas outlined in an interview with USA Today the now infamous gun incident that eventually led to his massive suspension and trade from the Washington Wizards.
The dispute began around unpaid debts stemming from a card game, according to Arenas. When the All-Star guard stepped in to try and calm the tensions between his teammates, he got thrown directly into the argument.
"So I jumped in, 'Why you talking to your teammates like this? We family," Arenas said.
"That's when (Crittenton) started coming at me, '(Expletive, racial slur), just because you got all money, this and this and this.' That's when we started going back and forth. I didn't owe him anything. It was over a $1,100 pot he just lost."
"Someone said they were going to shoot me. So since I'm one of those guys who says, 'I want to see this happen. I want to see you actually shoot me,' that's where that came from," says Arenas, declining to mention that someone by name. "I brought the four guns in and said (in a note), 'Pick 1, so the day you want to shoot me let me know, I'll be ready to get shot.' That's how."
As a result of the incident Arenas was suspended the final 50 games of the season by commissioner David Stern. He was also forced to spend 30 days in a halfway house after legal charges were levied by the District of Columbia for violating local gun laws. Arenas was traded to the Orlando Magic early the next season. He recently signed on with the Memphis Grizzlies after not starting the NBA season with any team. In 10 games with Memphis he has averaged 5.4 points and 1.1 assists per game.