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Arenas charged with a felony

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession, a crime that carries a maximum five years in jail and a fine, authorities said.

The charge was announced Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District.

Arenas’s attorney and prosecutors had been negotiating a plea deal during the day and it was not immediately clear whether the filing of charges was a part of the deal. Court officials said they had been told to prepare to have Arenas in Superior Court on Friday.

Arenas is expected to reach a plea deal with authorities that would be based around probation and volunteer time, in turn Arenas would avoid jail time. This would at the very least help Arenas have a argument of why the NBA should allow him back in the league, I believe that if he proves that he has learned his lesson the NBA may allow him back in the league in 2011. It is the question in my mind of if the Wizards would allow him back, The Wizards seem to be heading in a completely different direction, but the Wizards are also not so stupid that they don’t notice that there a worse team without Gilbert Arenas. Another aspect is the salary and contract of Gilbert Arenas which can be broken due to the breach of contract.

Here is the Wizards statement:

“We are aware of the charge filed against Gilbert Arenas today and will continue to follow the ongoing legal process very carefully. We will also continue to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA. Beyond our previous statements on this serious and unfortunate matter, will have no further comment at this time.”

All I know is that Gilbert Arenas will have to do a lot of image rebuilding if he ever wants to get back to the Wizards let alone the NBA.

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