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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 3, 2010; 9:44 AM ET
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Next week, I bet we read about how Arenas is volunteering for the Taliban. Volunteering for PETA? Could Arenas sink any lower?

Posted by: Cznzy | March 3, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Has Gilbert ever had an alligator skin desk though?

Posted by: doubleuefwhy | March 3, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I think it's fantastic that Agent Zero volunteers for PETA. I continue to support Gil. He made a mistake - he is making amends and paying for it. I for one - welcome him back to the Wiz with open arms. Get back soon brother Gil!

Posted by: tylerdurden1 | March 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

C'mon Dan, pETA is the WORST.

Posted by: BlueberryRuffin | March 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like an explanation is in order...

GA will soon twitter something incomprehensible about some how misguided and misunderstood rooks misrepresented his interests...

while his lawyers and PR flacks craft up some misdirection about how and why the rooks were coming out of the closet...

Meanwhile, PETA will simply welcome more exposure...

and GA will top it all off by pledging to get a new animal-friendly tattoo when he's sent down for the felony charge.

Posted by: Vic1 | March 3, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Awww Dan, I was gonna go ahead and make fun of you for posting this, but then I saw that you went and posted something about Erin Andrews to remind us all that you "kinda" know her. Now it's just not even worth it anymore... Sigh.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | March 3, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Hard-hitting post, Dan. Excellent work.


I heard that some other guy's friend heard this other thing about something else by way of a guy. And it was really important.

You can use that in your next post...

Posted by: natemcfarlane | March 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the bog tide is turning. It's a BLOG folks. This is exactly the sort of thing someone would post on a DC sports blog. Gilbert shows face, acts like Gilbert == interesting context for what's unfortunately been one of the bigger area stories.

And though the actual interview really made me wonder about Dan's Y-chromosome cred, how many readers that are holding an accurate Andrews prognostication post against him also avoid Czarniak's lunch videos? Zero. That's what I thought.

That said, doubleuefwhy was cahlassic.

Posted by: WorstSeat | March 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Great - another criminal working for the animal rights whackos. He can get in line with Micheal Vick working for H$U$ and John Godwin who is currently a VP for H$U$. Guess it takes one to know one.

Posted by: etbmfa | March 3, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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