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Gilbert Arenas apologizes for guns incident

January 4, 2010 |  2:55 pm

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas apologized today for bringing four unloaded guns into his locker at the Verizon Center for what he called a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate.

Arenas issued a statement today after meeting for two hours with law enforcement officials.

Arenas said he brought the guns to keep them away from his children, and he mistakenly believed recent changes in Washington, D.C., laws allowed him to store his unloaded guns at the Wizards' arena.

"Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong...there's no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns--even if unloaded," Arenas said.

A New York Post story last week said that the gun incident stemmed from a dispute over a gambling debt and also involved the Wizards' Javaris Crittenton. Today Crittenton's agent said his client did nothing wrong.

-- Barry Stavro