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Fake injury earns Washington Wizards guard Arenas a team fine


Gilbert Arenas, All-Star guard for the Washington Wizards of the NBA, smiles after signing an autograph as he arrived to be sentenced on firearms charges for bringing guns into the team's locker room, at Superior Court in Washington, March 26, 2010.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Gilbert Arenas, All-Star guard for the Washington Wizards of the NBA, smiles after signing an autograph as he arrived to be sentenced on firearms charges for bringing guns into the team's locker room, at Superior Court in Washington, March 26, 2010.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has been fined an undisclosed amount by his team after making himself unavailable for a preseason game because of a fake injury.

The three-times All-Star claimed to be hampered by a knee injury and was replaced by Nick Young for Tuesday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks, which the Wizards won 107-92.

However, Arenas later told reporters he had pretended to be injured so that Young would gain a spot in the starting lineup.

"I talked to him (Arenas) both in front of the team and individually so we will find him and move on," Wizards coach Flip Saunders told reporters on Wednesday.

"I said to him: 'I am most disappointed personally because I believe in you and there has been a trust factor'. I told him: 'You have to be honest with me'.

"It's just like dealing with your kids. Your kids make mistakes. You deal with the mistake and you move on."

Asked if Arenas would be suspended, Sanders replied: "No."

A nine-year NBA veteran, Arenas had been expected to play his first home game on Tuesday since being suspended for most of the 2009-10 campaign for bringing guns into the team's locker room.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Rex Gowar)

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