Using the Washington Wizards former nickname wasn’t quite appropriate after Gilbert Arenas’ locker room confrontation with Javaris Crittenton involved a gun. But sources say new Washington Bullets retro items are being made once again.
The NBA didn’t pull Bullets gear off the shelves after the dispute in late December, but they did make sure that new items weren’t being made. Arenas was suspended by the NBA for the rest of the season in January.
“Given the circumstances of Gilbert Arenas’ suspension, we postponed the approval on submissions for new Bullets merchandise,” said NBA spokesman Mike Bass.
Even though the league has approved licensees to make retro Bullets items again, the selection is quite sparce. A search on NBA.com revealed that only two Bullets items, both by Mitchell & Ness are being sold. The Washington Wizards online store only has five Bullets items, including three pennants.
In March, Arenas was ordered to spend 30 days in a halfway house for his conviction on gun charges. Arenas has four years and more than $80 million left on his contract with the Wizards.Questions? Comments? SportsBiz@cnbc.com