Are­nas sus­pended for sea­son

Chicago Sun-Times - - Sports - BY BRIAN MA­HONEY

NEW YORK — Gil­bert Are­nas and Javaris Crit­ten­ton were sus­pended without pay for the rest of the sea­son Wed­nes­day by NBA com­mis­sioner David Stern, who said guns in the work­place ‘‘will not be tol­er­ated.’’

Stern de­liv­ered the pu­n­ish­ment af­ter meet­ing with Are­nas ear­lier Wed­nes­day and with Crit­ten­ton a day be­fore.

Are­nas al­ready had been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely by Stern on Jan. 6.

Both play­ers ad­mit­ted bring­ing a gun or guns into the Wash­ing­ton Wizards’ locker room — a vi­o­la­tion of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment — af­ter a dis­pute stem­ming from a card game on a team flight.

Stern said the play­ers ex­pressed re­morse but added, ‘‘ nev­er­the­less, there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for their con­duct.’’

Asked dur­ing a con­fer­ence call what mes­sage the penal­ties sent, Stern said: ‘‘ We mean what we say when we say that guns are pro­hib­ited from be­ing in our build­ings and on team busi­ness.

‘‘You will be dealt with harshly be­cause it’s very po­ten­tially danger­ous to [those] play­ers, to the other play­ers and to any­one else who might be in­volved.’’

Are­nas is for­feit­ing about $147,200 per game.

Crit­ten­ton will lose about $13,435 per game from his $1.48 mil­lion salary.

Are­nas, who pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to a felony gun charge, is sched­uled to be sen­tenced March 26.

He is in the sec­ond sea­son of a six-year, $ 111 mil­lion deal.


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