Throughout its history the NBA has seen a number of players get into trouble on and off the court during their basketball careers. It’s unfortunate that these negative circumstances occur but that’s life and since nobody is perfect we just have to try to make the most of it. In the case of professional athletes, when you’re making millions of dollars you should try to make the most of the situation by performing to the best of your ability and staying out of trouble. Obviously this is easier said than done. Since no one can predict the future, it’s understandable for franchises to take a chance on troubled players like Ty Lawson, who has a well-documented past with alcohol abuse. Problems like Lawson’s – which sadly aren’t even the worst the NBA has witnessed – has caused general managers to really look at a players past before making the decision to bring them on board. There’s nothing more important than keeping a clean rap sheet when playing a professional sport since any hindrance in this day and age will be all over the news within mere hours of its occurrence.
Bad draft picks and trades are another source of frustration for the 30 teams in the NBA. It’s only normal for management to feel let down and disappointed when a a draft pick or a player acquired via trades doesn’t quite pan out the way they hoped they would. Whatever the case may be every professional sports organization in America has had a player or two that they wish they never had in the first place. With that being said here are the hot heads, weirdos or just downright disappointing players that each NBA team wants to erase from their memory.
30. Atlanta Hawks – Jon Koncak
There have been multiple instances in which a players fails to live up to the contract they are given. Jon Koncak is one of them. Heading into the 1989-90 season, Koncak was up for bids primarily between the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks. His stats that year earlier were nothing special: 20.7 minutes, 4.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. These numbers are what you would expect from your average center and that’s exactly what Koncak was. The Hawks saw something else though and decided to give him a six-year, $13.1 million extension.
You can probably already see where this is going. He never matched those 1988-89 stats again, which is kind of sad since they’re nothing special, but he made more money in 1989 than Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. I don’t need to tell you that Koncak wasn’t even close to those three in terms on basketball skills. The move earned Jon the nickname “Jon Contract” and is probably one of the worst deals ever done in NBA history.
29. Boston Celtics – Len Bias
Tragic. That is the only word that can be used to describe the story of Len Bias. This is easily the most heartbreaking entry on our list and I can’t imagine what was going through the minds of the Boston Celtics management and players when they heard Bias had passed away. Bias was a standout player coming out of the University of Maryland that was all but ready to play in the NBA and took the next step in his career by entering the 1986 draft. The Celtics took the small forward with the 2nd overall pick in the draft and the franchise was ecstatic to see what he could do alongside Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.
Unfortunately that trio never came to fruition. Two days after being drafted, Bias overdosed on cocaine after participating in the drug with several of his college teammates and friends to celebrate. His heart stopped within minutes after taking in the drug as those around him tried to wake him up and scrambled to call 911 to seek medical attention. One bad decision led to the end of a young man’s career that was filled to the brim with potential.
28. Brooklyn Nets – Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd has spent a lot of time with the Nets organization as a player and as a coach. Since he’s done both I figured it would be fair to bring up his coaching days with the team. While his playing days are filled with positives, his coaching stint was quite the opposite. After the Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012 Kidd was brought in the following year to replace interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Things got off to a rocky start as Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge from the year before.
After returning to the team several incidents played out that made it seem like Kidd wasn’t ready for a coaching gig. The demotion of Lawrence Frank and the infamous spilled soda incident gave Kidd and the Nets a bad look during his time with the team. All of this commotion can be seen as the beginning of the downward spiral Brooklyn currently finds itself in. This was Kidd’s lone season as head coach of the Nets and he most likely won’t be returning any time soon.
27. Charlotte Hornets – Adam Morrison
When you’re taken with the third overall pick in a draft you should probably last more then four years in the NBA. Adam Morrison was selected by the then Charlotte Bobcats back in 2006 and now finds himself in basketball purgatory. He is without a doubt one of the biggest draft busts the league has ever seen. Michael Jordan, who bought a minority stake in the team just 13 days before Morrison was drafted, most likely played some role in drafting the Gonzaga alumnus.
MJ might have dominated on the court but his actions in the office aren’t quite as impressive. Morrison lasted just two seasons with Charlotte before they shipped him off to the Lakers in 2009. He ended up winning two rings with Los Angeles but contributed next to nothing to earn them. Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry, Rajon Rondo, J.J. Redick and Paul Millsap were all taken after Morrison. Let that sink in for a second before moving on to our next entry.
26. Chicago Bulls – Eddy Curry
Eddy Curry might be the laziest player to ever make it to the NBA. You would think that a chance in the premier basketball league would motivate someone to stay in shape and work hard towards achieving success. Eddy Curry did neither of those but I guess he did achieve some success since he won a title in 2012 with the Miami Heat. The Chicago Bulls had very high hopes for the hometown native Curry but their plans quickly blew up in their faces once the Bulls discovered that the center had a case of laziness that drastically effected those around him.
He became a liability for Chicago after cardiac problems started to arise during the 2004 season and a trade was all but imminent at this point so that the Bulls could let someone else deal with the headaches brought on by Curry. Curry continued to have issues – which includes a sexual harassment lawsuit – off the court after Chicago traded him to the Knicks in 2005. I can’t imagine how relieved the Bulls must have been to get rid of him.
25. Cleveland Cavaliers – LeBron James
You’re probably thinking “Are you kidding me LeBron won Cleveland its first title in decades?!?” but no one can forget the events that transpired before him and the rest of the Cavaliers won a championship in 2016. Back in 2010 James made the unpopular decision to leave the Cavaliers to pursue a championship with the Miami Heat. The backlash from those in his home state of Ohio was immense and basically everyone in the state wanted nothing to do with him after he announced his decision to millions on ESPN.
No one expected James, who is still one of the best players in the league today, to turn his back on those who had supported him since day one. Cleveland has let bygones be bygones as LeBron is now back with the Cavaliers and is looking to win back-to-back championships for the first time in franchise history. Even if he wins another title this year, Cleveland fans will never forget The Decision.
24. Dallas Mavericks – Roy Tarpley
There aren’t many players that are banned from the NBA but Roy Tarpley was one of them. The Dallas Mavericks drafted Tarpley in 1986 with the 7th overall pick. It wasn’t long before he started making an impact with the Dallas Mavericks as the power forward was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team and won the Sixth Man of the Year Award during his sophomore season. The potential was clearly there but to the dismay of many, Tarpley couldn’t keep his life outside of basketball under control. Drug and alcohol abuse led to multiple problems during his professional basketball career. He was suspended on three different occasions from 1989 to 1991 and was banned from the NBA for violating their drug-use policies.
In 1994 he briefly returned to the Mavericks but was then permanently banned from the NBA in December 1995 for using alcohol and violating the terms of a court-imposed personal aftercare program. Tarpley wound up suing the league and the case was settled outside of court in 2009 for an undisclosed amount. Unfortunately Tarpley passed away at the age of 50 in 2015. The cause of death was never specified.
23. Denver Nuggets – J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith has been arrested on four different occasions during his tenure in the NBA. The most recent two arrests have come from him driving a scooter without a license. Weird.
The other two arrests that came earlier in his career with the Denver Nuggets are much more serious. In 2007 Smith was driving in New Jersey with one of his friends when he ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. Both of them were ejected from the vehicle and while Smith was uninjured, his friend Andre Bell (21) sustained massive head injuries and died two days later. Five months later Smith was arrested again for an incident that occurred at a Denver nightclub. He was charged with assault, disturbing the peace and destruction of property. The good thing is that Smith seems to have moved on from his troubled past and has gotten his act together while becoming a key piece to a Cavaliers roster that wouldn’t be the same without him. Denver wishes they had this version of Smith on their team but both parties have moved on at this point.
22. Detroit Pistons – Darko Miličić
Here’s another player that did nothing for any of the teams he played for but wound up winning a ring anyway. Darko Miličić should not have been taken in the first round or drafted at all back in 2003. The class of ’03 is one of the greatest the NBA has ever seen so I guess it only makes sense that it also included one of the biggest bust of all time in Miličić as well. The Pistons won a championship in 2004, which of course was Miličić’s rookie season. They could have had even more success if they drafted someone like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade or even David West for that matter. In his three seasons with Detroit he averaged 1.6 PPG in just under six minutes of play.
The Pistons were in need of big men during their championship run so they went out and traded for Rasheed Wallace instead of letting Miličić play a larger role with the team. Sure it could have been the fact that he was a rookie but that doesn’t mean he had to ride the pine for three years. General manager Joe Dumars and the rest of the Pistons front office knew that they had made a mistake by drafting the Serbian center, so they traded him to the Orlando Magic and watched him struggle in the NBA from a distance. It’s a cruel move but that’s what happens when you’re not very good at basketball.
21. Golden State Warriors – Charlie Bell
It’s pretty hard to get three DUIs in a year. In 2011 Charlie Bell was able to accomplish this impressive feat to the disgruntlement of the Golden State Warriors. Bell was first taken into custody in February and things proceeded to only get worse from there. He was pulled over eight months later for once again for failing to stop while driving under the influence with a suspended license. The trouble doesn’t end there though. In December, Bell made the stupid mistake of showing up drunk to his court hearing for his second arrest.
Ty Lawson has had similar problems with alcohol but at least he has the decency to show up in front of the judge not plastered. The Warriors had enough of Bell by the end of the year and used the amnesty provision to release him. The signing of Bell is easily the worst move of the Lacob-Myers-West regime.
20. Houston Rockets – Rafer Alston
Rafer Alston spent four years with the Houston Rockets and got in quite a bit of trouble during his time in Houston. Two separate charges of assault, one that includes stabbing a man in a Manhattan night club, made those in the Houston organization worry about Alston’s actions when he wasn’t playing basketball. The worst part about the two assault cases is that they occurred within three weeks of each other. Heading into the 2008-09 season, Alston once again found himself facing authorities when he was pulled over for driving erratically with his headlights turned off. Alston was charged with a DWI but was eventually acquitted in a jury trial.
The Rockets had seen enough of Alston’s actions and made the decision to trade the point guard midway through the season to the Orlando Magic. Drugs and alcohol aren’t the best options in life especially when you’re a professional athlete.
19. Indiana Pacers – Ron Artest
This one is pretty obvious. Ron Artest, AKA Metta World Peace, AKA Panda Friend had some productive seasons with the Pacers but we all know what incident overshadowed his run in Indiana. The Malice at the Palace is one of, if not the worst incident to occur in the NBA. The scuffle is a major black eye on the organization and resulted in Artest being suspended for the rest of the season (86 games) plus any playoff games Indiana would find themselves in. It is the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history and other players such as Jermaine O’Neal, Stephen Jackson and Ben Wallace received punishments as well. At the time Indiana already had a reputation of being one of the rougher teams to play against in the NBA but this altercation took things to a whole different level.
The 2004-05 season got off to a great start for the Pacers; too bad the brawl between players and fans had to overshadow the hard work the team put in for the rest of the year.
18. Los Angeles Clippers – Michael Olowokandi
The Clippers were one of the worst teams in the NBA for several years before the Paul and Griffin era kicked in a few years ago. Therefore there are a number of players that could have taken this spot on our list however Michael Olowokandi stands out the most out of all of them. Olowokandi is easily the most disappointing and embarrassing player in Clippers franchise history. Being a huge draft bust was enough for L.A. to deal with, nut throw in his troubles off the court along with his toxic attitude in the locker room and you have a disastrous situation that only MacGyver could get himself out of. Actually this scenario might be impossible for even him to escape.
After being taken with the number one pick in the 1998 draft, Olowokandi averaged 10 PPG and 8 RPG in five seasons with the team. L.A. even brought in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to help the him develop his game but the effort proved meaningless as the Nigerian just wasn’t very good. If someone as legendary as Kareem can’t help you with your game then there’s basically no hope for you. Apparently Olowokandi used to play cricket during his days before the NBA. Perhaps a career in that sport might have been a bit more worthwhile.
17. Los Angeles Lakers – Kermit Washington
The punch that Kermit Washington landed on Rudy Tomjanovich could have knocked out a rhino. It’s one of the most lethal right hands I’ve ever seen and this is coming from someone who has watched a ton of MMA over the years. On December 9th, 1977 the Los Angeles Lakers were up against the Houston Rockets in a Western Conference showdown that seemed to be going okay until a scuffle broke out at center court. The actions leading up to Washington’s infamous punch are still unknown to this day, but what we do know is that his shot at Tomjanovich was unnecessary. Washington got into it with Kevin Kunnert which resulted in the benches clearing and chaos ensuing.
As Washington backed off from Kunnert he noticed Tomjanovich running up to him from behind. Keep in mind that Tomjanovich was never an instigator and was more than likely trying to stop things from taking a turn for the worst. Washington reacted by throwing a brutal punch that caused a cerebral concussion, a broken jaw, a broken nose and also detached the bone structure from his skull. On top of this he was leaking blood and spinal fluid into his skull capsule. It’s amazing that he even survived all of this. Washington was suspended for 60 days, missing 26 games, and was fined $10,000. If the Lakers have any incident that they want to forget it’s this one.
16. Memphis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet
Look what we have here, another draft bust that a team gave up so much for while getting nothing in return. There have been many cases in which a far less talented player is taken way to early in a draft ahead of other notable names but this situation might take the cake. The Grizzlies took Hasheem Thabeet with the 2nd overall pick back in 2009. I’m about to list some of the players that were taken after him and you’re probably not going to believe it: James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague. I don’t need to point out the names that stand out from that list since they’re all much better players than Thabeet.
Thabeet spent two seasons in Memphis and averaged 2.0 points per game during his time in Tennessee. Imagine how much better the Grizzlies would be with someone like Curry, DeRozan or Harden in their back court. I guess Mike Conley is a more than suitable point guard for them but there’s no doubt that they would swap him for one of those options if they had the chance.
15. Miami Heat – Greg Oden
Greg Oden was a liability for any team that decided to sign him. His knees just couldn’t hold up during the grueling NBA season. The Miami Heat got his terrible knees along with a case of battery towards his ex-girlfriend. After Miami signed him in 2013 Oden was unable to log consistent minutes and found himself riding the bench for most of the season.
After the season concluded he was pretty much on his way out of Miami and his actions later that year only made it easier for the team to not resign him. On August 7, 2014 the Ohio State product was arrested after police found his then significant other bloodied and bruised on their couch after Oden apparently punched her in the face. Teams already wanted nothing to do with him because of his knees but this whole thing just made things even worse for him. It’s hard to feel bad for someone like Oden when he’s performing acts of violence like this.
14. Milwaukee Bucks – Larry Sanders
Before his departure from the NBA Larry Sanders was going down one of the strangest paths we had ever seen from a professional basketball player. After being suspended twice in 2014 for violating the NBA’s drug policy, it became evident that there was more to the situation at hand then we had originally thought. In December the team placed him on the inactive list due to personal reasons. Rumors that Sanders wanted to leave the sport began popping up left and right and he eventually did on February 21, 2015 when the Bucks bought out his contract ending a roller coaster stint in Milwaukee.
Shortly after Sanders announced that entered into a program at Rogers Memorial Hospital for anxiety, depression and mood disorders. His leave of abscence left quite a hole in Milwaukee’s lineup since he started at the center position for a majority of the contest he appeared in. I’m not trying to point fingers here but I find it weird that Sanders suddenly announced that he was coming back to play this past January when Cleveland was in search of a center to give them some added support. Perhaps it was just a coincidence. Either way it’s good to see Sanders back on the court playing the game that he always loved from the start.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves – Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham might be the only player in NBA history to hurl terroristic threats towards someone. In 2014 Cunningham was charged with felony domestic assault. Just three days after he was arrested for his violent outburst he was brought into custody again for violating the protection order put against him by his ex-girlfriend and sending her threatening text messages. The police officer that arrived at the scene reviewed the text messages that Cunningham sent to his partner and described the messages as being direct and got to the point where they were on a terroristic level. This is a lot of horrible news to come out in just one week. The Timberwolves chose not to re-sign Cunningham who is now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
12. New Orleans Pelicans – Rasual Butler
Back when they were still known as the New Orleans Hornets, Rasual Butler was the team’s go to small forward for a number of years (four seasons to be exact). His time with the team went without a hitch until 2008. While staying in Miami during the offseason, Butler found himself involved in an altercation that probably could have been avoided. A witness told police that Butler pulled out a gun near a South Beach club and pointed it at a group of people following the argument. Butler was found in a SUV when authorities arrived and discovered a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Any circumstances involving professional athletes and firearms are never good. Fortunately Butler didn’t hurt anyone during this incident but it still was a bad look for New Orleans.
11. New York Knicks – Allan Houston
Allan Houston is known for hitting one of the greatest shots in Knicks franchise history. He is also known for having one of the most ridiculous contracts New York has ever seen. The game winning shot he hit back in 1999 allowed the No. 8 seed Knicks to eliminate the No. 1 seed Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Houston was riding the hype he received after the shot and New York decided to reward him with a ludicrous six year, $100 million contract in 2001.
Houston’s production began to drop year after year and the NBA was thoroughly convinced that he didn’t deserve the contract one bit. In response the league created a rule in which teams could release an unproductive player and remove his salary from their luxury tax calculation. Most people today know this rule as the “amnesty clause”. Since New York had this problem worse than anyone else in the league, the rule was quickly dubbed “The Allan Houston Rule”. Houston’s contract was the first of many boneheaded moves that have caused the Knicks to fall into a downward spiral over the past few years. We’re looking at you James Dolan.
10. Oklahoma City Thunder – Mitch McGary
Marijuana seems to be quite popular among those in the NBA and Mitch McGary is one of the many players that has taken part in a bit of recreational activities over the years. McGary might have taken things a bit too far with the whole weed smoking initiative. In 2016 McGary failed a drug test before the start of the season and was set to sit out the first five games of the season. The suspension turned into 15 games after he failed to to live up to procedural guidelines set forth in the NBA’s rehabilitation program.
Clearly McGary’s mind is elsewhere since he doesn’t seem to be taking his professional basketball career very seriously. The interview he did with Vice Sports didn’t help his case either. The drug issues and injuries kept him off the court for a majority of his time in Oklahoma City and the Thunder made the decision to let him go earlier this season. No one else has taken a chance on him as his past continues to hold him back.
9. Orlando Magic – Hedo Turkoglu
Yes, Hedo Turkoglu was a beloved member of the Orlando Magic during his years with the team. However he had one incident with the Magic that was so weird and surprising that there was no way I couldn’t mention it. In 2013 the NBA announced that the Magic forward had tested positive for steroids. In response to the positive test Turkoglu stated “I haven’t been using. The last time I used the pills or whatever, it was back in Turkey during the summertime. I was battling my shoulder injury throughout my workouts. I took something that I shouldn’t be taking.” Steroids? Come on Hedo, I know you were trying to recover but still steroids in basketball just doesn’t make sense. I’m sure the Magic front office was just as shocked as I was when they heard that Turkoglu tested hot.
8. Philadelphia 76ers – Andrew Bynum
During his short stint with the 76ers, Andrew Bynum seemed to garner a lot of attention despite the fact that he never even played for Philadelphia. Fans were tuning in to see what outrageous hairstyle the center would be sporting next and boy were they weird looking. It probably didn’t help that Philadelphia wasn’t very good – they finished 9th in the Eastern Conference after the 2013 season – which is why a lot of the attention was being directed towards Bynum.
To make matters even worse Bynum injured his already ravaged knees while bowling. How one gets injured in bowling is beyond me. This was one long year that the 76ers wish never happened. Unsurprisingly, they decided to move on from Bynum and he didn’t last much longer in the NBA.
7. Phoenix Suns – Michael Beasley
I wouldn’t say that Michael Beasley has been the worst draft bust we’ve seen but he’s definitely been pretty disappointing throughout his career. Beasley played one season with the Phoenix Suns and in that lone season he was arrested on two different occasions. The first came during the 2013 offseason. He was pulled over for a traffic violation and a scent of marijuana quickly overcame the officers who proceeded to search the vehicle. After searching his car the officers found three marijuana cigarettes and arrested Beasley shortly after. Earlier that year he was cited on suspicion of speeding, driving on a suspended Arizona license and driving without a vehicle license plate or registration.
The Kansas State alum has stayed out of trouble these past couple years which is good since he was making headlines for the all the wrong reasons when he first entered the league.
6. Portland Trail Blazers – Qyntel Woods
Animal abuse is never a good thing. Michael Vick felt that wrath of judges and the NFL after he pleaded guilty to charges in the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation. Qyntel Woods case was no different. A member of the infamous Portland Jailblazers, Woods pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse in 2005 after an investigation was launched into allegations that he was involved in dog fighting. Woods was sentenced to probation and community service – pleading guilty allowed him to avoid more serious charges – and Portland waived Wood immediately following his plea. He’s been playing overseas for 12 years now and most likely isn’t coming back any time soon. The Jailblazer era is one that Portland most likely wants to forget at this point.
5. Sacramento Kings – Jimmer Fredette
It’s hard to argue that there’s been a more polarizing figure than Jimmer Fredette in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings traded down in the 2011 draft to obtain Fredette. Trading down usually ends up being a bad decision and this one is no different. In comparison to NBA standards, Fredette wasn’t very athletic and really struggled on the defensive end of the court. He was badly outplayed by the 60th pick of the same draft Isaiah Thomas and is probably the worst draft pick in Kings history. Fredette played under three different coaches in Sacramento and barely saw any action on the court during his time in Sacramento.
It wasn’t long until the Kings bought out his contract, resulting in Fredette bouncing around multiple teams before making his way to China to play professionally. Jimmermania died out before it could even begin in the NBA. At least he’ll always have his college days to look back on.
4. San Antonio Spurs – David Wingate
The Spurs are lucky that most of their players haven’t succumbed to the negative aspects of the lavish lifestyles professional athletes lead. David Wingate is one of the few people that found himself in trouble when playing for San Antonio. He was accused of rape on two different occasions: first with a 17-year-old girl and then a 21-year-old just a few days later. The NBA veteran had his problems with partying and alcohol in the past but this situation was much more serious than anything that Wingate had been involved with before.
Wingate was mere hours away from signing a three-year,$2.25 million contract with San Antonio until the news of the allegations towards Wingate began to spread like wildfire. While no charges were filed the Spurs rescinded their contract offer, forcing Wingate to test free agency the year after. San Antonio should be happy that instances like this rarely occur in their organization.
3. Toronto Raptors – Andrea Bargnani
The Raptors had high hopes for Andrea Bargnani. Sadly the Italian power forward couldn’t have been more underwhelming during his time with the Raptors. The 2006 draft wasn’t filled with talent – it might be the worst draft the league has ever seen – but Toronto definitely had better options with the 1st overall pick. A certain stigma is placed around you when your taken first and guys like Tim Duncan lived up to the expectations place upon them after being the first ones called up to the stage.
Andrea Bargnani was the complete opposite and was a huge disappointment. His numbers up north (15.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG & 1.3 APG) were empty stats that did nothing for the Raptors. Stops in New York and Brooklyn were the last chances for Bargnani in the NBA. Both teams had no use for him and neither did anyone else in the league which is why Bargnani now finds himself playing overseas. Don’t be surprised if we never see him in the NBA again.
2. Utah Jazz – Olden Polynice
The only thing Olden Polynice is known for is being the guy that the Chicago Bulls used to trade for Scottie Pippen. During Polynice’s two seasons with the Utah Jazz, the center thought it was a good idea to impersonate an officer. Yes you read that right. There’s probably nothing worse than imitating a cop. After being cut off in Salt Lake traffic, Polynice followed the motorist back to their home and confronted them. He flashed an honorary police badge that he received from the city of Los Angeles in hope of putting the person in their place. The motorist was smarter than this and took down Polynice’s license plate number. This led to Polynice being arrested later that day. You would think that he learned his lesson after this whole ordeal; well he didn’t because he did the same thing again just two months later. It’s ironic that Polynice was the one who ended up in handcuffs after impersonating a police officer. If you want to be a cop just become one.
1. Washington Wizards – Gilbert Arenas
This entry could have easily gone to Kwame Brown, but at least Brown never did anything as crazy as Arenas did back in 2009. Arenas was the star player for several years on a Washington Wizards squad that was unable to make any noise in the playoffs once the regular season wrapped up. Basketball fans will never forget the incident involving Arenas in which he decided to store firearms in the teams locker room. The D.C. Metropolitan Police and the U.S. Attorney’s office began investigating and eventually charged Arenas with carrying a pistol without a license which is a violation of Washington D.C.’s gun-control laws.
Arenas didn’t take the violation very seriously and decided to mimic gun gestures a few weeks later during the team’s introductions to one of their games. While he was already suspended indefinitely, David Stern took things a step further and suspended him for the rest of the season. At least Arenas made it into Dr. Dre’s song “Under Pressure”. Jay-Z is featured in the song and at one point states “All these little haters got me back with the nina got me bringin’ guns to work, Gilbert Arenas.” Follow Arenas on Snapchat for more ridiculous activities he finds himself in.
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