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Gilbert Arenas arrested with a car full of illegal fireworks

Jun 27, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

Gilbert Arenas china AP

Gilbert Arenas as been out of the NBA for a couple years now, but he is still finding a way to make some explosive headlines.

Arenas was arrested in Los Angeles with a carload of illegal fireworks, and if there is a celebrity arrest you can bet on TMZ being on the spot. They have the report.

Law enforcement sources tell us Arenas was pulled over by California Highway Patrol around 2:30 AM in Los Angeles for speeding in a Ford pickup — but officers immediately saw that the truck was filled with fireworks … sitting in plain sight in the bed and cab of the truck.

We’re told Arenas was arrested and will be booked for possession of illegal fireworks, and cited for speeding — he was allegedly doing 80 mph — and driving without a license. It’s unclear exactly how much fireworks were in the truck, but it was enough that LAPD bomb squad was called to handle the illegal booty.

Los Angeles has pretty restrictive fireworks laws — there is a lot of dry brush that can catch fire in and around the city that was built on a desert. Los Angeles is also just a few hours from areas where you can buy all the illegal fireworks you can afford (and if you’re willing to drive into Mexico you can get pretty much anything short of an ICBM).

Speeding and driving without a license can get you in trouble in roughly 50 states.

I feel obligated to mention Arenas was suspended for most of a season after bringing a gun into the Wizards locker room and allegedly threatening Javaris Crittenton. But you knew that already.

  1. money2long - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    we need more tim duncan’s

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    He’s not in the NBA and he’s still making NBA headlines….

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    he needs his own reality show…with Benny Hill music playing constantly in the background.

    • xLith - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Comment of the day! LMAO!

  4. losangeleschargers17 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    that photo of gilbert is just asking to be photoshoped with a big old D in his hands

  5. golfrangeman - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    There’s plenty of Tim Duncan’s around (personally wise) they just can’t play like him

    • gmsalpha - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Why is there an apostrophe on Duncans? Did you buy a pair of sock’s too? Are you 12 year’s old?

  6. godofwine330 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    When you are illegal…BE LEGAL. He wouldn’t have been pulled over if he wasn’t speeding. When you are illegal put the car on cruise control 2 MPH over the speed limit and go. I have sped before and it only changes the time you are supposed to get there by 3-5 minutes…and now that you are pulled over and arrested 3-5 minutes seems like an okay giveaway, huh?

    An idiot who just can’t get right.

  7. n2thaizzo - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    who cares? it’s fireworks. last I checked, next week is 4th of July. plenty of people will be using illegal fireworks. I know I will be!

  8. tominma - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Fire works??? WHO CARES?? Can Kurt Helin honestly say he’s never lit off illegal fireworks on the 4th??? Quit taking up space with nonsense!

  9. daubs17 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    agent 0….nice nickname. Retard

  10. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    One of the few reasons I actually like living in south carolina..All the fireworks you can buy and blow up…probably can make your own bombs around here too lol

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Anything goes in South Carolina! I live about half a mile into the NC side of the border; everybody goes to SC for their booze, gas, smokes, fireworks, bars, vets… everything’s cheaper and less restricted. Of course the one restriction they do have is that 13 year olds can’t get married. You have to be 14 for marriage in SC. Crazy laws.

      • mydoghasfleez - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        I think 13 years old is OK if you are brother/sister or first cousins.

  11. jadaruler - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Gilbert is an intelligent guy. His brain just has an off switch some times.

  12. cantonbound13 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    At least it wasn’t a gun this time. Someone actually gave this knucklehead a max contract at one time?

  13. stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Why the hell was the bomb squad called? Its not like the truck was packed with fertilizer and diesel fuel. I swear we live in such a paranoid, trigger happy society its not even funny. That, or the bomb squad guys just like to play with their toys every chance they get….

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Yes, fireworks are nothing like specialized bombs…

  14. onlyavoice - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    He Says He Was Pulled Over Because He’s Black.
    He Wants All Charges Dropped, An Apology &
    His Fireworks Back.

  15. wizskinz - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    At one time, I thought Gilbert was just making young man type mistakes and he would improve over time…. He’s a complete idiot, another sign that my Wizards are cursed for life.

  16. gmsalpha - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Is it a bad picture, or has being out of the league for a couple of years made ol’ Agent Zero a bit chubby?

  17. winniethepootietang - Apr 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    this dummy had that 6 year contract which i believe was the last of its kind before the CBA was renegotiated, and he threw it all away…

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