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Arenas responds to Sharpton, hugs a heckler



So this is what we've now come to: a media war of words between Gilbert Arenas and Al Sharpton. I'm thinking 2011 can't come soon enough.

Obviously you've read by now how Sharpton criticized Arenas's recent behavior and called for the NBA to come down harshly on the Wizards' star. Arenas answered back after Tuesday night's win, telling Michael Lee "It's kind of funny how people like him are supposed to be for the people, make a comment like that when he hasn't really heard anything. He's just reading the paper. For a leader, especially a black leader to make a comment like that, I don't think it's fair."

And Arenas's point is well-taken; Sharpton was basing his comments on the New York Post story, which seems not to have been the most accurate of reports to this point. But never one to risk leaving well enough alone, Arenas then took to the Twitter machine to jab a few more fingers back in Sharpton's face.

For a kid who does a lot of work for the black community I didn't get the memo u were still one of our black leaders becuz if u was

U wouldn't have made a comment like that befor gettn all the faxs str8..I hav my black leaders tattooed on my leg I call it black rush more

That's Martin,Obama,Mr X,and Mandela..so next time before u wash ur hands of something pls hear the real story..God bless..the black C

Then Arenas told a questioner that he has Jesus tattooed on his ribs, "becuz he's on my side." That's actually a good line. Never heard that one before.

See, aside from the whole PR disaster thing, Arenas can still manage to be refreshingly interesting. As Lee also reported, Gil hugged one of his hecklers as he left the court.

"I said after the win, I want my hug," he said. "I'm just going to interact and do what I do."

The Wizznutzz captured the image, and it's a good one. I think. Who knows any more.


By Dan Steinberg  |  January 6, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
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Comments

What a strange way for Furio from the Sopranos to re-appear in public.

Posted by: mike8 | January 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of the outcome of grand jury proceedings, team and league need to suspend this pathetic excuse for a clown for the remainder of the season.

I don't know how anyone can justify bringing guns into a locker room or brandishing them at teammates.

Team should also release this joker from the remainder of his contract citing the moral turpitude clause.


Posted by: Vic1 | January 6, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

He is guilty of nothing. He played a joke on a teammate with UNLOADED guns which he legally bought. The only thing he did wrong was taking them across the Potomac. You left wing nuts are really starting to make me sick with all this “suspend him for the season” nonsense. But we are talking about WAPO readers, so I should not be surprised.

Posted by: cj658 | January 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

This entire story is a prime of example of the liberal media pushing their anti-gun agenda. Anything involving a gun is sensationalized beyond belief, especially in NY and DC. Pathetic. If this happened in VA, no big deal, he broke no laws. It was a dumb joke, and I do not condone it, but all of these people calling for his head is nonsense. An unloaded gun is no more dangerous than a rock on the sidewalk. As long as he did not point it at anyone, no crime committed. He simply is not guilty of not being aware of DC’s ultra left-wing gun laws, which do NOTHING to deter crime. As a matter of fact, the strict laws only make it worse. The laws take the guns out of the hands of the law abiding citizens.

Posted by: cj658 | January 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The only thing he did wrong was taking them across the Potomac.

Posted by: cj658 | January 6, 2010 2:21 PM

Which is a felony. And he was not licensed to have them in the District.

And the suspension from the league would come from the admission that he possessed firearms in a league facilty. A league rule - unrelated to the law of the District of Columbia.

Way to be completely wrong.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Where was Al Sharpton and all the media when Gil took care of that kid whose house was burned down? The media should be ashamed. I sent Mike Wise an email earlier bashing him for his pathetic excuse of an article today. Mike Wise should be ashamed. Steinberg has not been as bad, and I respect him for that.

Posted by: cj658 | January 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

From the NBA Players Association Colective Bargaining Agreement, available on line at:

http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-VI.php#section9

Section 9. Firearms.
(a) Whenever a player is physically present at a facility or venue owned, operated, or being used by a Team, the NBA, or any League-related entity, and whenever a player is traveling on any NBA-related business, whether on behalf of the player’s Team, the NBA, or any League-related entity, such player shall not possess a firearm of any kind. For purposes of the foregoing, “a facility or venue” includes, but is not limited to: an arena; a practice facility; a Team or League office or facility; an All-Star or NBA Playoff venue; and the site of a promotional or charitable appearance.

(b) Any violation of Section 9(a) above shall be considered conduct prejudicial to the NBA under Article 35(d) of the NBA Constitution and By-Laws, and shall therefore subject the player to discipline by the NBA in accordance with such Article.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

EXCERPT FROM NBA CONSTITUTION (MISCONDUCT)

(Available on line at http://www.nbpa.com/cba_exhibits/exhibitA-excerpt.php)

35. The provisions of this Article 35 shall govern all Players in the Association, hereinafter referred to as “Players.”

...

(d) The Commissioner shall have the power to suspend for a definite or indefinite period, or to impose a fine not exceeding $50,000, or inflict both such suspension and fine upon any Player who, in his opinion, (i) shall have made or caused to be made any statement having, or that was designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball or of the Association or of a Member, or (ii) shall have been guilty of conduct that does not conform to standards of morality or fair play, that does not comply at all times with all federal, state, and local laws, or that is prejudicial or detrimental to the Association.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Kev29, I am not condoning what he did. What I disagree with is everyone saying he should be banned for life, or suspended for the year. I agree he broke a rule and should be reprimanded, 3 game suspension should suffice. Again, it is just left-wing sensationalism, going all crazy over gun control. He is being treated like Jeffrey Domer. This is becoming a joke.

“Ben Friedman, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said that nearly 40 percent of the 104 people charged in D.C. with carrying a handgun without a license received a prison sentence in 2006, the most recent year for which figures are available. About 33 percent received probation, he said. He declined to comment on the Arenas case.”

I would not count on him going to jail. Only 40% went to jail for the same crime, and I am willing to bet all these people had LOADED guns. Not to mention the fact these people were average citizens without Gilbert’s kind of money. He will get off with a misdemeanor and a fine. They do not even have any witnesses. None of his teammates are going to testify against him, so how is the city going to build the case with not ONE witness? Sure, he admitted it, but that will actually work in his favor. Most of you nuts know NOTHING about the court system

Posted by: cj658 | January 6, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

From the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION UNIFORM PLAYER CONTRACT (available on line at http://www.nbpa.com/cba_exhibits/exhibitA.php)

16.TERMINATION.
(a) The Team may terminate this Contract upon written notice to the Player if the Player shall:

(i) at any time, fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct to standards of good citizenship, good moral character (defined here to mean not engaging in acts of moral turpitude, whether or not such acts would constitute a crime), and good sportsmanship, to keep himself in first class physical condition, or to obey the Team’s training rules;

(ii) at any time commit a significant and inexcusable physical attack against any official or employee of the Team or the NBA (other than another player), or any person in attendance at any NBA game or event, considering the totality of the circumstances, including (but not limited to) the degree of provocation (if any) that may have led to the attack, the nature and scope of the attack, the Player’s state of mind at the time of the attack, and the extent of any injury resulting from the attack

Posted by: Vic1 | January 6, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's get one thing straight, Gilbert is not a bad guy. A bit immature, a goofball, and a clown, yes, but he is not a punk like a Plaxico Burress, Pacman Jones, et. al. Gilbert doesn't have a malicious bone in his body, he just need to grow up a bit.

Be that as it may, the talent on this team (including Arenas) has reached the peak of how far they will take the Wizards so it is time to clean house of everyone, including Gilbert.

Posted by: playahatah | January 6, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

the bigger (vastly overpaid) they are,
the harder ( long suspension ) they fall...
et tu cj658 ?

crawl back into your 'empty' ammo box son...

Posted by: tindal0s | January 6, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Abe is in a better place and does not have to watch this circus. The Wizards have gone from being a horrible team to a punchline on Jay Leno. Hey here is an idea, since Clinton Portis is such an expert now on leadership, the Wizards could hire him as a consultant!!!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | January 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Gilbert doesn't have a malicious bone in his body, he just need to grow up a bit."

At 28, he really should be thinking about doing just that sometime soon. But I digress, I think 99.9 percent of the whiny self-absorbed, twitter and facebook obsessed 20 somethings need to grow up as well...TWITTER THAT!!!

Posted by: nowhine | January 6, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

When Vic1 witnessed the guns in the locker room, he should have called the police at that moment. If he wasn't an eyewitness then he is just another a hater.

Posted by: hammerbw1 | January 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"They do not even have any witnesses. None of his teammates are going to testify against him, so how is the city going to build the case with not ONE witness? Sure, he admitted it, but that will actually work in his favor."
===
I agree with this. With no witnesses it would be tough to bring heavy charges and even tougher to justify wasting time and money pressing a case that is likely to fail.

But I think Stern will come down pretty damn hard. This is a chance to make it clear that guns + NBA facility = big trouble. On top of that, many NBA players seem genuinely shocked and disgusted that Gil brought a gun into the locker room. Stern might actually have the support of a majority of the league if he cracks down on Gil.

Based on nothing, I'd guess on a suspension of a month, minimum, and I wouldn't rule out the whole season.

I'm conflicted about it because as a Bullets/Wiz fan I do still like Gilbert. He made this cruddy team relevant again, at least for a while. And I think Gil has a point that people are reacting to the original, inaccurate, sensational NY Post story and not to what actually happened. But you know, if you don't want the NY Post to run crazy with a story about guns in the locker room...don't bring your guns into the locker room. It ain't that complex.

And Gil needs to sit this one out and stop talking for a while. He's not helping himself.

Posted by: hubcap | January 6, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Arenas suspended indefinitely

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement today:

"The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia.

For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.

"Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA."

Posted by: Vic1 | January 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

hahahah love the hug. love the hibachi.

i was at the spurs game when he dropped that bomb at the buzzer...let's hope we can have more of the old magic again soon.

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Posted by: JohnnyBlades | January 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

RE:
"He is guilty of nothing. He played a joke on a teammate with UNLOADED guns which he legally bought. The only thing he did wrong was taking them across the Potomac. You left wing nuts are really starting to make me sick with all this “suspend him for the season” nonsense. But we are talking about WAPO readers, so I should not be surprised.

Posted by: cj658 | January 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse"

Come on, guy. Left wing has nothing to do with it. If anything, the people freaking are the holier-than-thou evangelist conservative crowd. Left wingers are usually laid back, man. Because I actually agree with your first three sentences, and I'm a total left wing nut. The problem here is the rules-are-rules-and-I've-never-heard-of-nuance crowd, and those tend to be crazy conservative Palinites, of which you seem to be one. Also, try reading - it's pretty clear the WP has gotten much more conservative recently, despite its historical reputation as liberal. Again, nuance - something you should check out.

Posted by: Urnesto | January 6, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Black Rush More? Come on man... This is just another Idiot loving Obama before he gets anything done. I know that has nothing to do with the gun situation but, I just thought that qoute shows how dumb this guy is turning out to be.

Posted by: jedp1aolcom | January 6, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

We got Vic1 goin down for the count, lookin at the ground
That's why we got haters, that's why we got haters
Haters everywhere we go, haters everywhere we go
Haters everywhere we go, where we go
Haters goin down for the count (ONE) lookin at the ground (TWO)
I think you're a hater, I think you're a hater
Haters everywhere we go, haters everywhere we go
Haters everywhere we go, where we go, Vic1 goin down for the count.

Posted by: hammerbw1 | January 6, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

There should be zero tolerance for pro atheletes to commit such brazen acts. They are after all, in the public spotlight and should be aware that many children growing up watching sports, often look to professional sport players as role models. These people are nothing more than over paid thugs.

Posted by: jonirivin | January 6, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"Then Arenas told a questioner that he has Jesus tattooed on his ribs, "becuz he's on my side." That's actually a good line. Never heard that one before."

You've never heard that before? You need to get out more, man. Arenas is a clown (in a bad way) and people are suddenly realizing how overpaid/underachieving he is. See the stat about how he is LITERALLY the worst on-ball defender of the top 100+ players in the NBA?

Posted by: Max_in_Missouri | January 6, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas should be slapped on the wrist for this incident. It must be a real dull week in the media. The media need to focus on real terrorists trying to blow up US citizens.

Posted by: hritewing | January 6, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

It's the pathetic "gun culture" in which we live. Who owns guns? I'm waiting for the faded argument regarding the right to bear arms or "if guns are outlawed-only outlaws will have guns".

Don't ban the guy from playing "the sport of thugs". He fits nicely.

Posted by: oftb | January 7, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

One of the surprising things about our culture is the way that we build up athletes to be heroes and role-models whenever their on-field/on-court performances demand attention,and how we tear them down whenever the off-field/off-court transgressions are introduced to us.

If Gil's abilities were able to lift the Wizards to championship proportions, I guarantee you that there would be a different spin on all of this.

Posted by: karlw171 | January 7, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

One of the surprising things about our culture is the way that we build up athletes to be heroes and role-models whenever their on-field/on-court performances demand attention,and how we tear them down whenever the off-field/off-court transgressions are introduced to us.

If Gil's abilities were able to lift the Wizards to championship proportions, I guarantee you that there would be a different spin on all of this.

Posted by: karlw171 | January 7, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

AMEN AMEN AMEN

Posted by: Barno1 | January 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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