If you believe former NBA star Caron Butler, Gilbert Arenas, or Laura Govan’s ex as he’s better known as these days, nearly lost his life in 2009 over a gambling dispute with a teammate. In his new memoir, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, Butler shares an anecdote from his days with the Washington Wizard.
It was on a team flight back in 2009 that Butler remembers Arenas and Javaris Crittenton arguing over $1,100. This is an excerpt from the book:
“We had the next day off, but on the following day, December 21, practice started at ten o’clock at the Verizon Center so we all wandered in a little earlier.
‘Hey, MF, come pick one,’ Gilbert told Javaris while pointing to the weapons. ‘I’m going to shoot your [expletive] with one of these.’
‘Oh no, you don’t need to shoot me with one of those,’ said Javaris, turning around slowly like a gunslinger in the Old West. ‘I’ve got one right here.’
He pulled out his own gun, already loaded, cocked it, and pointed it at Gilbert.
Other players who had been casually arriving, laughing and joking with each other, came to a sudden halt, their eyes bugging out. It took them only a few seconds to realize this was for real, a shootaround of a whole different nature. They all looked at each other and then they ran, the last man out locking the door behind him.
I didn’t panic because I’d been through far worse, heard gunshots more times than I could count, and seen it all before. This would have been just another day on the south side.
I talked calmly to Javaris, reminding him that his entire career, not to mention, perhaps, his life, would be over if he flicked that trigger finger.
I looked back at Gilbert. He was silent as he removed himself from the scene.
Javaris slowly lowered the gun.
I know that Gilbert was thinking, ‘I went too far. I had a gun pointed at me and it was loaded.'”
Nuts, right? Crittenton pled guilty in 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from the showdown. This year, he also pleaded guilty to manslaughter in an unrelated incident.
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