Posted June 27, 2013

Gilbert Arenas arrested after being found with fireworks in car

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Gilbert Arenas was arrested in California on Thursday morning after he was found with boxes of fireworks in a truck he was driving. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Gilbert Arenas was arrested in California after he was found with fireworks in a truck he was driving. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Gilbert Arenas, who last played in the NBA in 2012 as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, was pulled over for speeding by California Highway Patrol in the early hours of Thursday morning and subsequently placed under arrest after he was found with more than 20 boxes of fireworks in a Ford pickup truck.

Arenas, 31, was reportedly clocked at driving 80 miles per hour at 2:30 a.m. and, according to TMZ, officers immediately noticed the fireworks sitting in the bed and cab of the truck. Arenas reportedly had enough fireworks that Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad was called to the site.

The three-time All-Star, who averaged 29.3 points per game in the 2005-06 season, was suspended for most of the 2009-10 season when he was with the Wizards after he was found to be in violation of NBA and Washington D.C. handgun violations. He reportedly had firearms in the locker room and had exchanged threats with former teammate Javaris Crittenton, which resulted in Arenas being charged with carrying a pistol without a license. He pleaded guilty to the charge and subsequently served a few weeks in a halfway house.

He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in March 2012 and then briefly spent time in China with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association later that year before returning to the states.


8 comments
Michael164
Michael164

Yet another NBA genius/upstanding citizen.

LanaSoprano
LanaSoprano

Send Gilbert to Asia... even though he's 31 they still have that youth-in-Asia thing that he needs for his home schooled I.Q.

emtb11
emtb11

This was his pay from China, they do not have fireworks ATM machines yet.

therednorth1
therednorth1

He got arrested for possession of fireworks?

Wait, possession of fireworks is an arrestable offense in California?

What are they smoking down there?

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

It turns out you CAN teach stupid!  Say Hello to Doctor Arenas!

Patriot
Patriot

@therednorth1 Possession of large amounts of fireworks is an arrestable offense in many states.  In addition to the danger of an explosion, they can cause a fire in places where that is a huge concern, like southern California.  I suppose you are also unaware that some jurisdictions ban firewworks altogether.