On a slightly lighter (but more explosive?) note than the Aaron Hernandez story, according to TMZ.com former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas was picked up by LAPD for driving down the street in a flatbed pick up truck with 100 lbs of fireworks in plain sight. In some states that wouldn’t be a problem, but Section 12671 of the California Health and Safety Code says that it is “unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, use, discharge, possess, store, or transport any type of fireworks within this state unless the State Fire Marshal has classified and registered such fireworks.”
Arenas was booked for speeding, driving without a license and possession of illegal fireworks. The maximum penalty for misdemeanor possession of fireworks in California, is one year in jail and a $5000 fine. If it turns out Arenas had over 100 lbs, the maximum fine is increased to $10,000. It’s likely Arenas will receive less than that if he’s convicted, however it’s probable the judge will take into account his prior record when sentencing him.
This isn’t the first time Arenas has been in trouble with the law. In 2010, he was charged for possession of a firearm when he flashed a gun in the Washington Wizards locker room, apparently over a dispute over a card game with a teammate.
The entire situation leads me to ask what Arenas was thinking? Was he thinking? Can we tie this back to my earlier article about athletes feeling that they are above the law because of the special treatment they received growing up?