In an Instagram post that was later deleted, Arenas disputed the details written by Butler, calling his version of the incident “false.”
According to Bulter’s book, Arenas and Crittenton began arguing on a plane over a card game (Butler says the dispute was over $1,100) and tensions boiled over in the locker room two days later at the next practice.
Butler wrote that Gilbert was standing in front of his two locker stalls with four guns on display. Then, Gilbert told Crittenton to come pick a gun, adding, “I’m going to shoot your [expletive] with one of those.” Instead, Crittenton pulled out his own gun, which was already loaded, and pointed it at Gilbert.
However, Arenas said that he did not owe Crittenton money and that the confrontation was caused by Arenas prematurely showing his cards during the game. Arenas also said that he did not tell Crittenton to pick a gun to be shot with. Instead, he told Crittenton to pick a gun to shoot Arenas with, because Crittenton had threatened to shoot him earlier.
Arenas calls his description of the events the “real story.”
- Xandria James