GILBERT ARENAS and JAVARIS CRITTENTON
In what has to be the most outrageous event ever to occur in an NBA locker room, Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton had something of a Christmas Eve duel. With guns. On December 24, 2009, Arenas and Crittenton reportedly brandished firearms during a dispute over money owed as the result of a card game. Crittenton had allegedly become tired of Gilbert’s antics, threatening to shoot him in his surgically-repaired knee during a team flight. This led to the locker room standoff during which Arenas essentially dared Crittenton to carry out his threat. After Arenas and a few of his teammates proceeded to make a mockery of the situation during a pregame huddle, the NBA suspended both Arenas and Crittenton indefinitely (it became the remainder of the season shortly thereafter). Gilbert’s 55 games missed cost him over $7 million in lost salary and represent the third-longest non-drug-related suspension in league history.
When the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Michael Beasley in the summer of 2010, General Manager David Kahn had high hopes for the No. 2 overall selection of the 2008 Draft. Kahn was well aware of Beasley’s troubled past, but brushed it all off during a radio interview by stating that Beasley was “a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana.” He went on to explain that Michael had told him he wasn’t smoking anymore and that everything would be hunky dory. Kahn was fined $50,000 for his comments. Beasley now plays for the Phoenix Suns.