Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Arenas, Crittenton suspended for rest of season



Stressing that 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.

"We have preached to (players) in writing and actually in person on this very subject and nevertheless they brandished firearms and that just can't be tolerated," Stern said on a conference call. "And if there's any doubt to any of our players about it in the future, we will be dealing with this in an even more severe way."

Both players admitted bringing a gun or guns into the Wizards' locker room — violating a provision added to the collective bargaining agreement in 2005 — 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 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.

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