Gilbert Arenas Banned from Talking About Gun Incident
Gilbert Arenas, known for speaking his mind, will have to restrain himself from talking about a gun incident that led to a 50-game suspension last season lest he incurs the ire of NBA commissioner David Stern.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Stern said that he had told Arenas that it would be best not to talk about the incident and just concentrate on the future instead of dwelling on the past. “I said, ‘You know what Gilbert, I just want to tell you, I’m delighted to have you back…as far as I’m concerned, you should be talking only about the future and not about the past. And if anyone asks you why, you can say the commissioner told you,” Stern said.
Stern also issued the gag order to new Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and the entire organization. Wizards spokesman Kurt Kehl said Leonsis will obey Stern’s decision regarding the issue. “The commissioner advised and suggested that Gilbert, the Wizards and Ted look forward and not look back, and Ted agreed with that advice and suggestion,” Kehl said, adding that the order was given without threat of fine, contrary to some reports.
Arenas was suspended last season after he brought guns to the Wizards locker room. The 28-year-old All Star subsequently pleaded guilty to felony gun possession and was sentenced to one month in a halfway house and was put on a two-year probation.