Is Gilbert Arenas prepared for life as a convicted felon?

Whether or not Gilbert Arenas, former Washington Wizzard basketball star, is prepared for life as a convicted felon, that is what he faces after pleading guilty to felony gun possession in D.C. court today.

Arenas was lucky to get away with only one felony count. Apparently, the bag which he carried into the Verizon Center on December 21, had contained five illegal pistols. He could have been charged with five individual felonies.

Eventhough his lawyers and the prosecutor agreed in a plea deal to seek a maximum 6 month jail term, the judge today advised the court that he was under no obligation to honor their agreement. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin told the court that when sentencing takes place on March 26, Arenas could receive anything from probabtion to the maximum 5 years.

It is unlikley that many who have been following this story would agree with Arenas getting probabtion and not serving time. Whether Arenas is arrogant or just plain stupid, he showed no signs of remorse for his actions and actually acted in a bragging fashion. His “finger pistol” actions at a subsequent game was just one of a number he had been rehearsing.

WTOP radio today reported that Arenas had prepared at another game to stage a fake “duel”, where he and another player would line up back-to-back and after walking ten paces away from each other, would spin around and shoot as if they had guns. He was suspended indefinitely by the NBA in the weeks following the gun incident.

There was no smiling or idiotic hand gestures from him today. Maybe a few months or years in lock-up will help him mature. Maybe he and Plaxico Burress can become pen pals. After all, they do have the “gun thing” in common.

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