January 01, 2010

Two Washington Wizards teammates -- three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton -- drew guns on each other in the locker room after practice during a Christmas Eve argument over money, according to a report in the the New York Post.

The dispute ignited when Crittenton became enraged at Arenas for refusing to make good on a gambling debt, a anonymous source told the Post. When Crittenton yelled at Arenas, that prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources told the Post.

Arenas denied pulling a gun on Crittenton, a third-year guard out of Georgia Tech who has not played for Washington this season due to injuries. Arenas is Washington's leading scorer, averaging 22.3 points per game.

The Wizards announced on Dec. 25 that Arenas had admitted to bringing guns to the locker room and had turned them over to team security. Arenas reportedly told Wizards officials that he stored the unloaded firearms in his locker so they wouldn't be close to his kids at their home.

Arenas told the Washington Times that he moved the weapons from his home to his lock box at Verizon Center around Dec. 10 after his daughter was born.

"I decided I didn't want the guns in my house and around the kids anymore, so I took them to my lock box at Verizon Center," Arenas told the paper. "Then like a week later, I turned them over to team security and told them to hand them over to the police, because I don't want them anymore. I wouldn't have brought them to D.C. had I known the rules. After my daughter was born, I was just like, 'I don't need these anymore.'"

Arenas was previously suspended one game in 2004-05 for violating the NBA's weapons policy. Players are not permitted to carry firearms on NBA property or during business.

"The Wizards organization and Arenas promptly notified the local authorities and the NBA, [and] are cooperating fully with law enforcement during its review of this matter," the team said in its statement at the time.

Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld declined to elaborate further to the Post, saying, "It's in the hands of [Washington] authorities."

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