The Verizon Center is sporting a new team banner to greet fans. The Wizards put the banner on the outside of the building, with the slogan; "On your team, on the court and in the community, Wizards care".The new banner replaces the one taken down a few days ago that showed.... suspended Wizards player Gilbert Arenas.The league and police are investigating allegations Arenas drew a gun on a team mate inside the locker room on Christmas Eve.
While the Washington Wizards have removed virtually all traces of Gilbert Arenas from the Verizon Center, one teammate found a way to get his suspended teammate's nickname visible Sunday when the team played the New Orleans Hornets.
DeShawn Stevenson took to the court during pregame warmups with the words "AGENT" and "ZERO" written in red capital letters on tape wrapped around his shins — just above his shoe tops.
The Wizards removed all Arenas-related merchandise from the arena and edited him out of the pregame video after he was suspended indefinitely by the NBA on Wednesday. Arenas is under investigation for bringing guns to the Verizon Center and related incidents.
Fans arriving for the game also saw a new multistory banner on the facade of the arena, replacing the one that had featured Arenas. The new banner focuses on the team's community service, with the slogan: "On your team, on the court and in the community, Wizards care."