WASHINGTON, March 25, 2007 (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas was admonished by the NBA for making $10 bets with fans during the Washington Wizards' loss at Portland on Wednesday.
"We spoke to Gilbert and explained the issue to him,'' NBA spokesman John Acunto said Sunday. "And he assured us he wouldn't do anything like this again.''
Arenas made the bets as he bantered with fans throughout the Wizards' 100-98 loss. He was booed during pregame introductions and whenever he touched the ball because he had promised to score 50 points against the Trail Blazers.
After the game, Arenas said he bet a fan $10 that he would make the game-winning basket. He missed badly - throwing up a shot that fell short of the rim - and finished with only 19 points.
"I owe somebody 10 bucks,'' Arenas said. "I bet a fan if I had a chance I would make the last shot.''
Arenas later elaborated on his nba.com blog, saying that he made $10 bets with two fans during the game and had obtained their e-mail addresses so that he could pay them off. The NBA since has removed the references to the bets from the blog.
Arenas was not available for comment Sunday, a day off for the Wizards during their West Coast road trip.
he was just having fun. if he lost he probably wouldnt have collected or collected for fun and let those fans have a story to tell their friends. but at the same time u can see why the nba would not want players betting fans.
I think Arenas is just fun, he doesn't take it so seriously... It's just a game, you throw basketballs in a hoop, not brain surgery... As long as you play as hard as you can and play how you're suppost to it's not the end of the world to have a little fun..
I don't see it as cocky really, cuz he's doing it more jokingly it seems to me. Like.. If I hit this shot you take me to McDonald's.. type of thing.. but.. he's just a ham... but it doesn't bother me because he plays so hard and went through a lot to get in the position he's at.
$10 bets in front of everyone and knowing him being a prankster isn't a big deal, it's not like it was $1000,s done with a bookie in the back room. Yeah, the NBA has to put a stop to it... He and everyone else understands that... but it wasn't a big deal.
Last edited by Chalkmaze : 03-25-2007 at 08:43 PM.