News Bits: Gilbert Arenas Faces Sentencing, Joe Jackson Files Lawsuit, Dwight Gooden Arrested
If left up to prosecutors, Gilbert Arenas would be joining a few other high-profile jailbirds in the slammer for a long time. According to the Washington Post, federal prosecutors are suggesting that Arenas be sentenced to at least three months in prison for lying about carrying four unloaded guns and denying a confrontation with Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton. Prosecutors also claim Arenas is a danger to his teammates. Due to a plea deal, Arenas cannot receive more than six months in prison. He’s scheduled to sentenced on Friday (March 26).
Joe Jackson is mad, real mad, Joe Jackson. TMZ reports that Michael Jackson's father sent a notice to the lawyer of Dr. Conrad Murray, stating that he's filing a wrongful death lawsuit holding Murray responsible for the death of the King of Pop. The news comes only two days after reports surfaced that Murray interrupted CPR and delayed calling the paramedics in order to hide drugs. According to Brian Oxman, the lawyer for the Jacksons, the suit seeks punitive damages, economic support, loss of companionship and loss of consortium (lawyerspeak for deprivation of a family relationship). Dr. Murray’s lawyer responded to the suit, telling TMZ, “That's like throwing a bucket of water on a man drowning in the ocean.” In addition to this lawsuit, Dr. Murray also faces charges of involuntary manslaughter for the death of the beloved pop star.
Baseball star Dwight Gooden, 45, was arrested for DWI on Tuesday (March 23) following a car accident that occurred with his 5-year-old son, Dylan, in the car. The accident took place in Franklin Lakes, N.J., at 8:50 a.m., according to the NY Daily News. The former Met has been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, child welfare endangerment, leaving the scene, reckless driving and DWI with a child passenger.
--Compiled by Jonathan Eiseman