Gilbert becomes America's punchline
There's a certain surreal quality to this Gilbert Arenas incident. As immature and irresponsible as is behavior was, he obviously is miles and miles from being one of the bad guys in pro sports, and yet he's become both a punchline and a national symbol for evil athletes this week. Gilbert Arenas? Really?
Anyhow, might as well give the late-night comics their due, so here's a summary of some of what I've heard.
* Leno, Thursday night monologue:
As you may have heard, there is a rumor floating around that we were canceled....You know what happened? NBC found four guns in my locker. I was suspended....
As you may have heard, the NBA has suspended Gilbert Arenas indefinitely, without pay, for bringing guns into an NBA arena. Then today, the NBA looked at the New Jersey Nets roster and suspended all of them for having absolutely no weapons at all.
* Matt Lauer, interviewing Tony Dungy on Friday's Today Show:
"I try to also talk to my sons about the positive role models in sports," Lauer said. "Because you know what happens, Tony, is they only hear about the negative stories, the Michael Vicks of the world and the Gilbert Arenas of the world. So It's very hard, because the messages are pouring in at these kids."
"They are, but there's a lot of positive ones...." Dungy responded.
* America's Sportswriter Bill Simmons, on Twitter:
Just checking: Can I still bring my gun to NBA All-Star Weekend?
* Hunting show host and Bulls center Brad Miller:
"I was just telling Lindsey (Hunter), I have to get thrown in with the idiots," Miller said with a laugh. "I'm not giving up my guns. They're used for the right purpose."
* Bullets Forever, on Twitter, concerning Texas-'Bama:
Are you serious? Arenas picked off Gilbert to end the game? Why do you hate us, karma??
* The New Yorker, talking about....something:
Responding to the Christmas near-miss on Flight 253 by clinging to Guantánamo and precipitately jumping into a multi-front civil war we don't understand in support of a corrupt government is a bit like the NBA trying to deal with its gun culture by taking over the security checks at Slovakian airports--except that the NBA might do more good.
* James Carville, on The Tony Kornheiser Show, via @Kevin_Reiss:
"It's better that [Abe Pollin] was dead when this happened because it would have killed him."
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