Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Gilbert Arenas - A Model Idiot
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas along with forward Javaris Crittenton are under investigation by federal authorities, the District of Columbia Police Department, and the NBA after Arenas reportedly brought unloaded firearms to the Verizon Center for storage and then allegedly pulled a handgun on Crittenton in what was reported as a dispute over an unpaid gambling debt, but what Arenas characterized as a "misguided effort to play a joke" on teammate Crittenton.
Arenas was reportedly removing the guns from his residence due to the recent birth of a new child. At the Verizon Center, Arenas reportedly placed three handguns on a chair near Crittenton's locker and asked Crittenton to pick one. The teammates then drew the guns on each other.
"Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong," Arenas said. "I should not have brought the guns to D.C. in the first place, and I now realize that there's no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns - even if unloaded."
Arenas could face a $50,000 fine from the NBA and be suspended for an undetermined length of time.
Suspension or not, fine or not, Arenas' and Crittenton's boneheaded actions, as ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago commentator Jonathan Hood asserted on a Saturday afternoon broadcast, has effectively set the NBA back 25 years. David Stern has been actively attempting to exorcise the NBA of its public persona as a league that is too young, too black, and full of hoodlums and thugs that have no respect for the rule of law. The implementation of a strict dress code policy was one step taken to makeover the aesthetic image of the NBA, shying away from the corn-rows and baggy clothing synonymous with early 90's stars such as Allen Iverson and Latrell Sprewell.
Arenas' use of what I like to call the "Dave Chappelle Excuse" where he, in so many words, said that he didn't know that he couldn't bring unloaded firearms to his place of employment for storage, is a slap in the face to any rational human being with an Intelligence Quotient over 90.
If any non-famous, non multi-millionare brought a handgun to work, loaded or unloaded, not only would they be terminated on the spot, they would be escorted from the premises by officers in pressed uniforms and badges and the offender would be wearing shiny new pieces of wrist jewelry.
What makes it worse is that Arenas performed this egregious action in Washington, D.C., a city known for many years as the murder capitol of the United States - a city with, mind you, some of the most strict gun laws in the nation.
In 1995, Washington Bullets owner, the late Abe Pollin, announced that he was changing the franchise's name from the Bullets because the moniker had acquired violent overtones that had made him increasingly uncomfortable over the years, particularly given the high homicide and crime rate in the early 1990s in Washington, D.C.
Arenas is either extremely ignorant of the history of the city in which he works and the franchise for which he plays or he doesn't give a damn because he gets paid ridiculous amounts of money to play a game and he isn't a citizen in the same world that the rest of us poor hacks live in.
Even worse is the fact that there are kids in Washington, D.C. walking around with this mentally retarded idiot's jersey on their backs. In a city and nation already devastated by black-on-black male violence that has reached epidemic levels, what lesson does Arenas' duncical actions provide for these impressionable youth, who are increasingly receiving their acculturation from the talking heads on the television? That it's ok to cap your buddy if he doesn't pay a debt? That it's alright to bust guns if you're losing a pick-up game?
Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton need to be suspended without pay for the remainder of this season and the NBA should convene a special disciplinary board to decide if Gilbert Arenas should be allowed to play professional basketball in the NBA ever again. If this body needs a little nudge in the right direction, here's a hint - he shouldn't! In addition, Arenas should face the same fate under the law that any normal person in Washington,D.C. (or any major crime ridden city) would face for walking around with and drawing a concealed handgun in public.
If Plaxico Burress was handed a 2-year term for shooting himself in the thigh in a crowded New York nightclub, Arenas should get equally as much time for potentially endangering himself and others at the Verizon Center while also causing irreconcilable harm to the NBA, Washington Wizards franchise, the city of Washington, D.C., and all African-Americans who go to work everyday, pay their taxes, and attempt to escape the stigma that they are some how developmentally challenged and incapable of adapting to life in civilized society.
Arenas' actions aren't reflective of all professional athletes and are certainly not reflective of African-American culture on the whole, but we live in a world governed more by stereotypes and homogeneous generalities than rational thought. There will be reveberations throughout society and, particularly as it relates to America's image of the NBA.
David Stern once again finds himself at the helm of the Negroes Behaving Arrogantly league and Gilbert Arenas is their new model idiot.