Wizards' Arenas denies police charge

May 31, 2006 at 10:24 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, arrested last Saturday in Miami Beach, denies making the comments police allege he made.

Arenas and Awvee Storey, who played with the Wizards last season, were charged with disobeying police after they got out of a vehicle during the busy Urban Beach Week, reports The Washington Post.

At the time of his arrest, a police reported Arenas as saying, "You can't arrest me. I'm a basketball player. I play for the Washington Wizards and I'm not going to leave my teammate."

Arenas told The Post in a telephone conversation that all he did was to ask police where they were taking Storey so he could bail him out. It was then some officer came up from behind and handcuffed him, Arenas said.

The police report says officers ordered Storey to get back on the sidewalk during heavy traffic after he had left his car. When Storey did not leave the street, the officer arrested him, says the report.

The two men were later released after paying a fine.

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