Arenas suspended for season
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.