*NBA commissioner David Stern is advising Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards not to talk about the former All-Star’s felony gun conviction now that the new season is just around the corner.
“The commissioner spoke to Gilbert,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Thursday. “His message was: ‘You’ve paid your price, you’re back in good standing, and don’t feel obligated to talk about the past.'”
Arenas has not spoken publicly since he was sentenced in March to one month in a halfway house and two years of probation after pleading guilty to felony gun possession. Arenas brought four guns to the Wizards locker room in December after getting into an argument with a teammate over a card game.
Arenas was also suspended by Stern for the final 50 games of last season.
New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has talked about the need for Arenas to reintroduce himself to the community so that fans can embrace him again, but that will apparently not include any personal comments about the incident.
Arenas is expected to meet with reporters on Monday as part of the team’s media day on the eve of training camp.