They are both quite attractive and their relationship is coveted by most because of how attentive the president is to his Lady.
But, President Barack Obama, when attending the USA-Brazil game at the Verizon Center in D.C. Monday night, missed a golden opportunity to show off his suave moves when the jumbotron’s “Kiss Cam” centered on him (more…)
*An older gentleman at Tuesday’s Wizards vs. Lakers game at the Verizon Center in D.C., tapped into his inner Michael Jackson and got his groove on to, what appeared to be, half-time music playing in the rafters.
But he wasn’t the only one to catch the groove. A little boy across the way with a Wizards jersey was vying for a job in the next male revue as well. (more…)
*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.
*During his tour stop in Washington D.C. last night, Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce and mother-in-law Tina Knowles squeezed in a visit to the President of the United States.
“I just came from the White House,” Jigga told the audience during the last minutes of his Blueprint 3 concert at the Verizon Center, which is just a hop skip and a jump from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Officials confirmed to the Washington Post that President Barack Obama had indeed met with the Brooklyn MC and the pair chatted briefly.
The rapper was a loyal supporter of Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign – and apparently, vice versa.
Obama famously did the Jay-Z “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” move to illustrate his feelings toward critics following a debate with then rival Hillary Clinton. [View clip below.] In an interview overseas last month, Jay-Z revealed that when he once called President Obama, he heard “Blueprint 3″ playing in the background.
The artist also told British talk-show host Jonathan Ross he had been invited to the White House by the Obama administration “a couple of times,” but at the time, the lyricist hadn’t had a chance to take the president up on the offer.
“Hopefully we’ll keep him in for eight years, so I’ll have time to get there,” Jay joked.
Beyonce, meanwhile, serenaded Barack and Michelle Obama with “At Last” during the couple’s first dance at the Inaugural Ball. Also, Obama was seen doing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” hand flip during an Inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
*Saturday, President Obama, attending a basketball game at the Verizon Center between Georgetown and Duke, as a fan, found himself doing several minutes commentary in a nationally televised game.
Shortly after the second half began, the president was seated between CBS announcers Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg.
After the prez described a spin move and basket by one player, Kellogg remarked that he could handle the job of announcing.
“After retirement, I’m coming after your job, Clark,” Mr. Obama replied. “I’m just letting you know. So you either have three more years or seven more years,” he said, referring to the possibility that he might be re-elected to a second term.
At another point, CBS aired tape of a pickup game then Senator Obama played during the 2008 presidential campaign, including a missed left-handed layup. That prompted Lundquist to ask the president if he has problems dribbling to his right.
“I went to the Republican House caucus just yesterday to prove that I could go to my right once in a while,” the president cleverly responded, referring to a televised session Friday when he attended a House GOP retreat in Baltimore.
*NBA commissioner David Stern has suspended Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the season, according to the reports, and the Washington Wizards’ star has reportedly told associates that he will not appeal the league’s decision.
Arenas had been suspended indefinitely without pay in early January for his role in an incident with teammate Javaris Crittenton in which both Arenas and Crittenton brought guns into the team’s locker room at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., a violation of both the league’s constitution and of the city’s laws requiring any guns in the city be licensed in Washington and kept in the home. Arenas brought his guns from his Virginia home.
Crittenton was also suspended for the rest of the season in the decision handed down this afternoon.
According to NBA.com, the suspension will cost Arenas the final 50 games of the season and an approximate $7.4 million of his $16.1 million salary this season.
Arenas, who had already spoken with league attorneys investigating the incident, met with Stern and National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter in Stern’s office for about an hour this morning before departing.
He is awaiting sentencing in D.C. Superior Court March 26 after pleading guilty Jan. 15 to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license, a crime whose punishments range from probation to a maximum five years in prison.
Prosecutors, however, recommended that Arenas only serve six months to Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin, who will ultimately decide Arenas’ fate. Morin set a sentencing date of March 26, before which he will receive a report on Arenas from the District’s court services division. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will each make a recommendation on how much jail time Arenas should serve to Morin.