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Gilbert Gets Black Mount Rushmore Tattoos

Photo by Nick Friedell - ESPNChicago

Just in case there was any question about whether the newly mature and leaderiffic Gilbert Arenas would become a less frequent source of news from the weird, ESPNChicago's Nick Friedell managed to take a look at some of Gil's newest tattoos.

As you can see from the Wizards training videos, his body has virtually disappeared. There are inked faces all over the place, including some of family members, but the legs are really the prize attraction. Friedell writes:

The Wizards star guard has the faces of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Malcolm X tattooed across his leg which forms what he has dubbed "Black Rushmore."

So he's gone from saying he wouldn't vote for Obama to having multiple Obama-related tattoos. Although I guess that's maybe not the weirdest part of this story. I think we can all hope that Gilbert has 82 nights worth of work this year, because if he has $111 million and excessive time on his hands, he might wind up with a wheel of Comte made out of strands of Bill Walton's hair or something.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2009; 1:01 PM ET
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How badly have you missed Gilbert, Dan? :D

Posted by: EdTheRed | September 17, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

SteinBog. Absolutely mandatory that you attend Wiz training camp this year.

I mean come on, Mike Miller once owned a monkey.

Posted by: doclinkin | September 17, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Other people Gil should tatoo on Black Rushmore:

Stevie Wonder
Bill Clinton
Abe Lincoln
Sidney Pottier
Bill Cosby
BB King
The Rock
Eddie Murphy
Michael Jackson
Sundown from Top Gun
Little Richard
Junk Yard Dog
Rudy Huxtable
Carlton Banks
and Franklin from Peanuts

Posted by: fushezzi | September 17, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton?? Fist yourself Fushezzi.

Trivia question for the day, what--besides skin color--do all of these people have in common?

Frederick Douglas
Don King
Thomas Sowell
Karl Malone
Sherryl Underwood
Angela McGlowan
Armstrong Williams
Walter Williams
Rod Paige
Sage Steele
Jackie Robinson
Clarence Thomas
JC Watts
Condi Rice
Lynn Swann
Michael Steele
Colin Powell
Bill Cosby
Ward Connerly
Stanley Crouch

Posted by: Barno1 | September 17, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Barno, they are all Republicans

Posted by: priceisright | September 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Who's Frederick Douglas? Is he, like, Frederick Douglass, but he left off an extra "s" for "savings"?

Posted by: EdTheRed | September 17, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Price is Right, you got it.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 17, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

ken jennings here i come....

Posted by: priceisright | September 17, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank the Lord for Mandela.

I saw the headline and immediately figured three of the heads are Martin, Malcolm and Barack.

Couldn't figure out who the fourth would be. Needless to say, there's a certain amount of pride that it's not Al Sharpton.

(Not that Al's a bad guy or it's my tattoo or anything) :)

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | September 17, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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