Arenas Suspended from the NBA
On Gilbert Arenas' 28th birthday Wednesday, the NBA indefinitely suspended the Washington Wizards All-Star guard without pay.
With the U.S. Attorney's Office and D.C. police mulling gun charges, Arenas' dismissive public comments - and mockingly "shooting" at teammates before Tuesday's win at the Philadelphia 76ers - sealed his fate.
"His ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game," Commissioner David Stern, who had intended to wait until the legal process was complete, said in a statement.
The Wizards, in a statement, "fully" supported Stern and said Arenas' behavior was unacceptable. The team, last in the Southeast Division (11-22), will be without its leader in scoring (22.6) and assists (7.2).
If the suspension lasts the season, Arenas would miss 50 games and forfeit $147,272 a game.
Arenas said in a statement: "I understand why the league took this action. I put the NBA in a negative light."
Coincidentally, his new job began Wednesday: as a shirtless pitchman for the animal rights group PETA.