Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards and his teammate, Javaris Crittenton, got into some kind of verbal spat in the locker room last month over debt owed from a card game, and a gun or two made an appearance. There are a variety of reports that have surfaced about what exactly went down. Did they draw guns on one another? Did Gilbert simply display his weapons on a chair and ask Crittenton to “pick one?”
This is very reminiscent of what happened between Charles Oakley and Tyrone Hill in 2001. Hill reportedly lost a card game to Oakley and owed Oak (aka Michael Jordan’s bodyguard) a large sum of money. As the story goes, Hill never paid him the debt, which may have been $54,000.
Oakley memorably bitch-slapped Hill in the preseason before a game, and later in the year threw a basketball at Hill during the morning shootaround. Oakley uttered one of our favorite quotes in NBA history when he told the media, “Everything in life is double. If he didn’t pay me $108,000, he didn’t pay me. A gentleman pays his debt within a week or two,” and Oakley called said not paying was a “coward move.”
In 2009, the players let their heat do the talking. It probably won’t end well for Arenas.