Last week we asked the question, ” Can Ken Wainstein keep Gilbert Arenas under control?” Today, the answer appears to be, “Yes.”
The Washington Wizards guard has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia, which Wainstein once headed, The Washington Post reports.
The agreement will keep Arenas out of jail following a well publicized incident in which he brought weapons into the locker room of the professional basketball team. Arenas was charged with one county of carrying a gun without a license.
Wainstein is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a former head of the National Security Division at DOJ.
After taking on Arenas as a client a couple of weeks ago, Wainstein had to conduct damage control, after a photo appeared of the guard pretending to shoot at his team mates with his fingers, and other incidetns.
Arenas this afternoon will plead guilty before D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin, who will decide on Arenas’s sentence, The Post reports.
The NBA has suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay until its own investigation is complete. He has four years left on his six-year, $111 million contract with the Wizards, according to The Post.
UPDATE: Arenas had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. Although the charge carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, the plea deal calls for a jail sentence of six to 24 months, with probation, a split sentence or incarceration permissible, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Arenas will be sentenced March 6 at 2:30 p.m., according to the release.