*Suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was spared a jail sentence Friday when a judge instead sentenced him to probation for bringing guns into the Verizon Center.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert B. Morin issued the sentence after a 100-minute hearing before a packed courtroom, reports the Washington Post.
Morin sentenced Arenas to 18 months in jail, but suspended that part of the sentence and ordered the player to serve two years probation beginning with 30 days in a halfway house. He was also ordered to serve 400 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 contribution to a crime victim’s fund.
Sporting a blue suit, yellow shirt, blue tie and blue suede loafers, Arenas stood up to speak about an hour and 10 minutes into the proceeding. “I am very sorry that all this happened. Every day I wake up wishing it didn’t,” he said.
Corrections officials will determine in the next few days what halfway house he will be assigned to. Once there, he will stay overnight, but be allowed to leave during the day to serve his community service.
The sentencing ended a tumultuous winter for Arenas that began with a dispute over a card game to a macho display of handguns in the Wizards locker room with Javaris Crittenton, a third-year NBA player who was making $1.4 million this season, to Arenas’s $16.2 million. The two have been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season and the Wizards have said Crittenton, 22, will be let go.
Below, Arenas signs an autograph while entering court.