NBA statement on Gil's jerseys
I mentioned earlier in the week that Gilbert Arenas jerseys are no longer available at NBAStore.com, and that if you try to make a personalized Gilbert jersey yourself, you'll be told that "Your current entry cannot be processed. Language deemed inappropriate, derogatory, or profane will not be accepted. Please create a new entry."
I asked the NBA what this was all about, and I was given this statement:
"Given the circumstances surrounding his current suspension we do not feel it's appropriate to continue selling Gilbert Arenas merchandise at the NBA Store or NBAStore.com."
The same policy has previously been applied to other suspended players, I was told.
On the other hand, five of the first six jerseys displayed at the Wizards' online store are Gilbert's. (The Wizards' online store is run by a third party, neither the team nor the NBA.) And while the team store in the Verizon Center famously stopped displaying Gilbert's jersey, I'm told if you ask for one at the counter, they're actually still for sale.
I think I've also concluded that, having suspended Arenas indefinitely, no matter what the NBA and the Wizards do now, people like me will find faults. If they still sell his jersey, we'll ask why they're profiting off of a man who isn't allowed to play or earn a paycheck. And if they stop selling his jersey, we'll accuse them of purging his memory from the world.
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