What Gilbert Arenas should do now: Help schools
And it isn’t that anybody is losing an exemplary role model. If anybody had actually looked up to this clown in any heroic way, well, they need to get glasses.
No, the real shame is that the D.C. area public schools won’t be getting any more of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Arenas and the owners of the Wizards have donated over the past few years through a formula based on the number of points Arenas makes during games.
Now that Arenas has been suspended by the National Basket Association indefinitely without pay because he brought guns into the locker room and acted like a jerk afterward, I know what he should do next for redemption of a sort.
The NBA should make Arenas PLAY indefinitely without pay and hand over his huge salary to public schools, which are aching for more help.
After every game, he should make a public announcement about how much money went that week to the public schools and apologize for cavalierly promoting a culture of violence.
When he is off the court, he should get whatever help he needs and then travel around schools talking about the stupidity of playing around with guns.
Come to think of it, it’s too bad this approach wasn’t considered by Tiger Woods and the companies that cut sponsoring ties with him because of his philandering.
I don’t know about the suggestion by FOX commentator Brit Hume that Woods find redemption by giving up Buddhism and finding Jesus Christ, but think about what good would have been done for the schools--and the image of Woods AND those companies--if the millions of dollars involved in those sponsorships had instead been donated to schools.
We live in a culture that lavishly rewards people who are expert at handling balls on different surfaces but essentially cheats teachers with low pay and unreasonable expectations.
It’s time that these priorities get turned around 180 degrees. If this sorry Arenas episode shows us anything, it certainly shows us THAT.
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| January 7, 2010; 8:31 AM ET
Tags: gilbert arenas, public schools, tiger woods
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