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Letterman does the Wizards

All publicity is good publicity, right? So when David Letterman devotes his Top 10 list to the best of Wizards gun-related explanations, that's a good thing, right? No?

Hey, it's better than a history of the Washington Wizards in the playoffs. Or in the regular season.

Anyhow, thanks again, Gilbert, for bringing the national focus onto D.C. You did it in 2006-2007, when every national publication wrote fawning profiles of your 21st-century personality. And now you've done it again. Heck, in one week you earned responses from Jay Mariotti ("I'd like to think Arenas will teach the children how to shoot, but I'm not sure if he'll bring the basketball or the gun. Who knew this is why they call him Agent Zero?"), Stephen A. Smith ("Arenas is a nice man. He's not a bad guy. We should pray for him and wish him well. But that's after he is suspended for a year without pay and the legal system gets through dealing with him."), Jason Whitlock ("At what point do we admit athletes have no real interest in being our role models and little chance of executing the facade of role modeling in today's media environment?") and now Letterman.

(UPDATE: I'm told the Wizards also made Jay Leno's monologue. Thankfully, the online clip doesn't include that portion. We've all suffered enough.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Agent 0 = Clinton Portis in short baggy pants.

Posted by: ridgely1 | January 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Excellent use of "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" by the late show band.

Posted by: jacktrickard | January 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Lies are the new facts in today's world. "Gilbert Arenas and his Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other" is what Peter Vecsey reported to the world as fact. And now thousands if not millions of people have heard it and believe it. It does not matter that countless follow up reports by numerous media outlets have "clarified" that neither Arenas nor Crittenton drew guns on each other. The initial story is what got the most attention, and by now, the damage is done.

Peter Vecsey, in his eagerness to be the first to break what would be a major story, recklessly reported a fabrication about Arenas that has absolutely destroyed the reputation of an otherwise good person. If someone should lose their job over this incident, it should not be Arenas nor should be Vecsey. But not in the world we live in where there is simply no accountability for members of the media. But if you want to give Vecsey a piece of your mind, here's his email address:

As for Al Sharpton, John Feinstein, and the rest of the anti-gun lobby--it is beyond pathetic that they would attempt to further their political agenda by trying to make an example out of Arenas. None of these folks have any idea yet whether a crime was committed, whether the guns were legal or loaded, or what exactly happened that day in the locker room-- and yet here we have knee-jerk reactions from a few political hacks calling for the NBA to throw the book at someone before we even know the facts about what happened. Again, it's beyond pathetic.

Last but not least, why is Al Sharpton even quoted anymore in the press these days? One would think that comments like "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house" and referring to Jews as "diamond merchants" and saying of Mitt Romney "as for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him" would be more than reason enough to cut this guy's mic off years ago--let alone his many efforts in inciting riots--but apparently not.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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