Gilbert Arenas arrested with illegal fireworks, bomb squad called in

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Gilbert Arenas (10) drives to the basket during the second quarter against Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (37) at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports)

Gilbert Arenas (10) is no longer in the NBA, but he’s still blowin’ up, or at least coming scarily close to doing so. (Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports)

Gilbert Arenas, the former three-time NBA All-Star who used to be known as Agent Zero, is going to have zero fun on the Fourth of July.

According to a TMZ report, Gilbert Arenas was arrested in Los Angeles County, Calif. for possession of illegal fireworks at roughly 2:30 local time on Thursday morning.

With more than 100 pounds of illegal – and explosive – gear, TMZ reported that police had to call in a bomb squad.

Arenas was a star for the Washington Wizards during the mid-2000s. However, his tenure in D.C. ended acrimoniously after he was charged with a felony for pulling an unloaded gun out on teammate Javaris Crittendon during an argument over gambling debts. He was suspended by the NBA and forced to spent 30 days in a halfway house. His career never recovered.

Arenas was cited with a misdemeanor and was released from jail after posting $100 bail at 5:59 am Pacific Time, according to the LA County Sherrif’s Department. He could have faced major jail time had he been charged with a felony. According to the California-based Shouse Law Group, via the Orlando Sentinel, most violations of California’s fireworks laws are misdemeanors, subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year in a county jail. Large quantities of dangerous fireworks could lead to felony charges, punishable by up to three years in the California state prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Out of the league since a largely unsuccessful run with Memphis in 2012, Arenas spent last year with the Shenghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Below is some footage of Arenas being dealt with by the Los Angeles police, courtesy of TMZ .

  • Todd Shiba

    Hey CHP, quit poaching and get back on your beat. Waste of taxpayer $

  • Demarcus

    They *arrest* people for illegal fireworks now? Wow. I’ve been caught many times with illegal fireworks and all I get is a “You can’t light these fireworks here” and then the cops leave. Jeez. Talk about overkill.