Team Could Cite Good Citizenship Clause to Void Arenas's Contract

"Teams are always going to want a player of Gilbert's talent": Falk

Charges against Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas mean slimmer chances that he'll be back on the court soon. But how does the felony count affect the remainder of his six-year, $111 million contract?

If the team does try to void the contract, the NBA players association likely will fight that decision.

Even if Arenas were to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, the team could have grounds to void his contract because of a good citizenship and moral character clause, sports agent David Falk told News4's Dan Hellie.

"I think that if he's not convicted of a felony, that's the ground they will seek to terminate the contract under, and it will likely result in an arbitration," Falk said.

The circumstances could hardly be worse for Arenas. Playing for a team that changed its name from the Bullets during a recession a couple of years ahead of a new collective bargaining agreement in a city with a heightened sense of security ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Whenever Arenas's indefinite suspension from the NBA does end, a team likely will sign Arenas, Falk said.

"There will always be a team that'll want to claim his talent," Falk said. "I don't think they'll pay him $111 million, but never forget that when the suspension ended for the player that choked his coach at Golden State, Latrell Sprewell, one of the first teams to put a claim for him was the Washington Bullets. So teams are always going to want a player of Gilbert's talent."

But his actions of late will most certainly hurt his wallet.

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