Wednesday October 13, 2010 3:30 p.m.
By Frank HanrahanCSNwashington.com
"I screwed up again so I just want to say sorry," said Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, admitting that his knee was fine and that he faked injury so that Nick Young could get the start against the Atlanta Hawks last night. "I was trying to be a good teammate. Nick wanted to play and since we are guard loaded, I felt I'd take the day off and I lied to coach and told him my knee was sore so he could start Nick," Arenas said after practice at Verizon Center today.
How did Coach Flip Saunders react? "Obviously no one is taking it well." Arenas said.
Saunders confirmed that Arenas will be fined but not suspended. "I am most dissapointed personally because I believe in him. I told him you have to be honest with me," Saunders said. "We move on, we deal with it."
Even though Arenas admitted he lied about the injury, he seemed miffed that there was such an interest in the story. "I wasn't really thinking that was going to be another media outburst. It's like everything I do know is just tit for tat, someone trying to blow it out of proportion." When Arenas was asked if he could have handled the situation in a different way Arenas responded, "If I wouldn't have made any comments you guys wouldn't have known."
Arenas was bothered by a sore ankle in training camp but looked healthy the last few days in practice but prior to the Atlanta game last night, Arenas told Saunders that his knee was sore and that he couldn't play. After the game, in a joking manner, Arenas told reporters that he was faking to let Young get a crack at the starting lineup. It would have been Arenas' first game at Verizon since last January when he was suspended 50 games for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room. Arenas also served 30 days in a halfway house after pleading guilty to felony gun charges.
Nick Young said he had no idea of Arenas' plot. "I guess its just Gil being Gil, I don't really what's going on," Young said.