Gilbert Arenas and fur coats
Gilbert Arenas apparently didn't realize that an AP reporter had been invited to Tuesday's PETA charity event, so it's hard to accuse him of being a publicity hound here. He told Joseph White that PETA was one of the few groups to stick by him during his troubles, which is why he came out to their event, and this is very much in line with his past comments about loyalty.
Arenas said he's never owned a fur. Being welcomed by PETA is a welcome change: The Wizards have kept their distance and his shoe company, Adidas, has dropped him altogether.
"It's just like anything. When something happens, everyone flees away," Arenas said. "So I already knew all that was going to happen. But PETA, they stayed behind me, they stayed with the cause, and that's the reason I came."
Not to make this about animal rights, but I've been a vegetarian since 1993 and I think it's cool whenever anyone decides to get involved. If Gilbert last week decided that he wanted to work with PETA to help decrease needless cruelty, I'd be fine with that. There's no time-line for ethical purity. All that said, there was one part of Gilbert's remarks--the part about never owning a fur--that seemed curious.
Curious, because--as a reader pointed out--I posted a long blog item three years ago about how Nick Young and Dominic McGuire had borrowed fur coats from the house of their landlord, one Gilbert Arenas.
The rooks claimed they were rummaging around in Gilbert's closet when they found the furs. I asked what else was in the closet.
"Everything: shoes, clothes, jackets," Young said. "He was trying to give us stuff like sports jackets to wear to the games, because he knows we don't have enough casual clothes, not yet."
"He's got some nice stuff, he's got some nice clothes," McGuire said. "That's why we were in there."...
"It's pretty warm," Young said. "I don't know what kind of [fur], if it's real or not. If it is, I don't know how much this thing costs. Very '80s, very Players Ball."
Now, maybe these were fake furs. Maybe Young and McGuire didn't actually find them in Gilbert's closet. Maybe they belonged to somebody else. Or maybe this is just Gilbert being Gilbert, yet again.
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