Inside Gilbert's statement
I thought it was great news that Gilbert Arenas finally issued that statement on Monday, and that he's working with real lawyers. But I couldn't help but notice that the statement from his law firm took a slightly different tone than some of his classic tweets from recent days. I assume all of you are already reading his Twitter page, but I thought I could offer a public service with a quick comparison. Sure, I'm taking some of this a bit out of context, but not horribly.
Statement: I appreciated the opportunity to meet with law enforcement officials today. As the person who caused this trouble in the first place, I thought it was my duty to be the first witness to come forward and meet with the prosecutors and detectives. I told my attorney I wanted to get in for an interview as soon as we could arrange it, and that was today. I told the detectives and prosecutors the whole story about my storing the unloaded guns at the Verizon Center and what I was intending to do when I took them out of my locker on December 21st.
Twitter: they say bad decisions make for great stories...only true if u dont take urself too serious..see u guys in rated x hours ..LOL
Statement: As I have said before, I had kept the four unloaded handguns in my house in Virginia, but then moved them over to my locker at the Verizon Center to keep them away from my young kids. I brought them without any ammunition into the District of Columbia, mistakenly believing that the recent change in the DC gun laws allowed a person to store unloaded guns in the District.
Twitter: no im not going to jail i didnt do what they keep writing but stay away from guns..i was wrong for puttn them in my locker
Statement: On Monday, December 21st, I took the unloaded guns out in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate.
Twitter: i understand this is serious..but if u ever met me you know i dont do serious things im a goof ball this story today dont sound goofy to me
Statement: Contrary to some press accounts, I never threatened or assaulted anyone with the guns and never pointed them at anyone.
Twitter: i wake up this morning and seen i was the new JOHN WAYNE..lmao media is too funny
Statement: Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong.
Twitter: i am sticking with what i know...thats jokes sweetie
Statement: I should not have brought the guns to DC 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.
Twitter: so pls dont take what i say serious or i will piss off from time 2 time becuz i dont hav a filter on my jokes
Statement: I am very sorry for the effect that my serious lapse in judgment has had on my team, my teammates, the National Basketball Association and its fans.
Twitter: PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND THINK:YOU'RE ALIVE AND STILL AROUND....so join me in enjoying everyday and smile for the negative people.
Statement: I want to apologize to everybody for letting them down with my conduct, and I promise to do better in the future.
Twitter: i dont get shaken up in my life outside basketball..cant live in fear of sumthing that hasnt happened yet
Statement: I also want to thank the detectives and prosecutors on the case for the professionalism and courtesy they showed me during the interview today.
Twitter: its easy to hide from ur problem but a real person dont break character when thing arent going his or her way..becuz thats [all] u have at the end of the day
Statement: I stand ready to continue to give my full cooperation to them and to the League as they investigate this incident.
Twitter: u cant take..my happiness away u cant take my mind if i dont let u ...people judge u by the money u make not the person u r i dont get anger..nothin outside basketball makes me anger...if u ever met me you know...life is fun if u want it to be
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