Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Updated: December 30, 11:49 AM ET
Police probe firearms at Verizon Center
WASHINGTON -- D.C. police said Tuesday it is investigating a report that weapons were found inside a locker room at the Verizon Center, where the Washington Wizards play.
Last week, the Wizards said that guard Gilbert Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a container in his locker at the arena and that the NBA was looking into the situation. But Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump did not mention Arenas or the team in a one-sentence statement on the investigation.
Arenas acknowledged he was being investigated after the Wizards' 110-98 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night but he did not specify if it was by the NBA or police.
"They've been [investigating] for the last two weeks," Arenas said. "You guys just found out about it."
Arenas said he was cooperating with the investigation and that he hadn't brandished the weapons in the team's dressing room.
"They just want to know where I got them from," Arenas said. "They want to make sure they're not dirty guns."
Crump did not immediately answer a follow-up e-mail asking if Arenas was under investigation.
The statement said: "Members of the Metropolitan Police Department are currently assisting the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia with an investigation into an allegation that weapons were located inside a locker room at the Verizon Center."