Washington Wizards guard
Crittenton's plea deal could affect the legal and professional interests of Arenas, who on Jan. 15 pleaded guilty to a felony for carrying an unlicensed pistol outside a home or business. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26. Arenas faces up to five years in prison, though prosecutors will reportedly ask that he not receive more than six months.
Crittenton's reported account of what happened on the team flight and in the Wizards' locker room will likely be shared with the court. It will not portray Arenas in a positive light. Arenas, according to the account, suggested that he and Crittenton resolve a card game argument by having Arenas either set Crittenton's vehicle ablaze or shoot Crittenton in the face. Two days later in the Wizards' locker room, Arenas allegedly positioned four guns in front of Crittenton's locker and left written instruction that Crittenton pick one of the guns.
Arenas maintains the incidents on the flight and in the locker room were part of a joke, though Crittenton's alleged reaction -- Crittenton said he felt genuinely threatened and only carried and pulled out his own gun because he feared for his life -- suggests at a minimum that it offended him or that he took Arenas' threats at face value. D.C. Superior Court Judge
Crittenton will also meet with NBA commissioner
Arenas, however, will have opportunities to speak with Judge Morin, as well as with Stern and Wizards officials. Arenas will likely maintain that what took place was a joke that went awry, that he never intended to hurt or legitimately threaten anyone, and that he is genuinely sorry for what happened. It will be interesting to see whether any witnesses, either from the flight or locker room, emerge, as they may be able to provide the situational context that would corroborate either Crittenton or Arenas.