"I Deserve to Be Punished": Arenas

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    Gilbert Arenas will learn his legal fate next week in court, but the Washington Wizards guard is talking about his crime now.

    Arenas recently told "Esquire" magazine he deserves to be punished for his prank, which not only went bad but was illegal.  Arenas said he didn't use "longevity thinking" when he took out several guns in the Wizards locker room to play a prank on teammate Javaris Crittenton.

    Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge. The NBA suspended him for the rest of the year, even before his sentencing.

    Arenas told "Esquire" he used to have as many 500 guns in his home but put all but four in storage when he started having children. Now those four could cost Arenas his freedom.

    The Wizards former All Star says he "messed up" the legacy of owner Abe Pollin, who died in November.

    "I have a painting of him in my garage. I just walk by it with my head down," Arenas said. "I called Mrs. Pollin and said, 'If Abe was still with us, I would've had to talk to him, so I'm gonna give you the same respect. I want to say sorry to you. I deserve to be punished. I'll do everything it takes to get back your husband's respect.'"

    The magazine hits newstands next week.