NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team's locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute over a gambling debt, The Post has learned.
It was the three-time all-star Arenas, 27, who went for his gun first, sources said, drawing on the 22-year-old Crittenton, who quickly brandished a firearm as well.
The duel in DC — unprecedented in sports history — was sparked when Crittenton became enraged at the veteran guard for refusing to make good on a gambling debt, a source said.
"I'm not your punk!" Crittenton shouted at Arenas, according to a league source close to the Wizards.
That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources said.
A playground pal of Crittenton's from Atlanta, Kendrick "Bookie Ball" Long, confirmed the locker-room standoff and said he learned of it directly from the third-year player out of Georgia Tech.
"He [Arenas] was fucking with him; he [Crittenton] was just defending himself!" declared Long, who said the dispute was over money but would not elaborate….
Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld declined to comment. "It's in the hands of [Washington] authorities," said Grunfeld, a former star Knicks player and president. "We're going to get to the bottom of this, if there is a bottom to this…"
A top players-union official said he was shocked by the allegations. "This is unprecedented in the history of sports," said Player's Association Executive Director Billy Hunter. "I've never heard of players pulling guns on each other in a locker room."
Well Billy, there's always a first for everything. The Post has already made their requisite "Guess they're still the Bullets at heart" joke. No word on if Nice Guy Eddie was brought in to moderate the affair. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr say these two are punkass bitches. David Stern says both men acted alone and that this is an isolated incident, except for the time Jason and Joumana Kidd had that awesome knife fight.
By the way, I'm told the fight wasn't over money, but rather KOGOD's heart.