Gilbert Arenas could face jail time after fireworks bust
Former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas, however, was recently busted for the possession of products that - by professional athletes' standards - are quite unorthodox. The incident occurred in June, but initially did not get much media attention, and details have only recently come to light.
Arenas was pulled over for speeding shortly before the Fourth of July - and what is America's greatest holiday all about? Beer, hotdogs, and of course, fireworks. Arenas was apparently in charge of supplying the latter of the three key ingredients to whatever Independence Day bash he was attending, and he seemed to have figured that he'd make it a Fourth of July to remember. After being pulled over, cops found more than 100 pounds of "dangerous fireworks" in Arenas' car. He had so many fireworks that the LAPD bomb squad was called in to handle them.
Here are some fun facts that will have you wondering "how stupid can you be?" Arenas was pulled over at 2:30 AM on a Los Angeles area highway allegedly cruising at 80 mph. It was an easy decision for the cops to pull him over, as the massive amount of fireworks were in clear view, sitting in the bed of Arenas' Ford pickup truck. Once pulled over, Arenas failed to present a driver's license.
Arenas was charged with possession of illegal fireworks, and was cited for speeding and driving without a license. Reports on Thursday say that Arenas is now facing up to a year in jail with up to $10,000 in fines.
Arenas played for Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks in 2012-13, where he averaged 20.7 points on 50% shooting in 14 games. His last year in the NBA was 2011-12, when he averaged 4.2 points across 17 contests with the Memphis Grizzlies. A 31-year-old with declining skills, balky knees, and a history of run-ins with the law, it's pretty doubtful that an NBA team takes a shot on Arenas ever again.