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Gilbert makes "most disliked sports figures" list


(By John McDonnell - TWP)


Gilbert Arenas's rise to fame was all about likability, about smiles and good times and having fun.

"In 20 years, when we think of LeBron James, we will think of Gatorade, and when we think of Gilbert Arenas, we will smile and think of ourselves," Will Leitch once wrote.

That's obviously gone now, with the latest sign being Forbes's annual list of the 10 Most Disliked People in Sports. Gilbert shows up, at No. 10. He's joined on the list by people like Jerry Jones, Terrell Owens, Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Rodriguez and the clubhouse leader, Michael Vick.

The nationwide survey of people 13 and older including only active sports figures, and required a 10 percent awareness threshold. Gilbert was hit with a 44 percent dislike rating, barely below T.O.'s 47 percent. Forbes writes:

A highly publicized bout with guns in the Wizards' locker room got Arenas a hefty suspension from the league and two years' probation from the law. With $80 million left on his contract, the club may want to consider buying out Arenas as it gets set to take a new franchise player with the first overall draft pick, likely to be Kentucky's John Wall.

Well, the club is evidently not considering that, according to Ted Leonsis, but it's probably not a great sign when your highest paid player is disliked by nearly 50 percent of Americans.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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really wish you had gone to south africa.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | June 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who dislikes Gil also probably dislikes Apple Pie, America and their own mother.

Get a grip people. This is a freakin' joke. Disklike Gil? Really?

That is all....carry on

Posted by: fushezzi | June 21, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Amen Fushezzi. Amen. We are talking about the most charitably generous sports figure in DC sports history. If you really "dislike" Gilbert Arenas, chances are there is something very wrong with you.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree as well. Anyone who has an issue with Gil is just psycho. But, Dan, why did you even post this? This is negative news and will just rile up the haters. Again, I'm not sure why you didn't do a Game 7 piece in honor of the last road team to win a Game 7 - your Washington Bullets. I think Gilbert's had enough hate; let's try to turn this around, man.

Posted by: Urnesto | June 21, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Which is kind of ironic considering he may have been one of the most well liked and intriguing characters in 2007.

But since 2008 he has become an overpaid, overhyped, attention seeker with a bad attitude (in the eyes of sports fans across the country). People generally don't know about Gil's charities and efforts to improve the community. And the people that do know about that are usually Wizards fans disgruntled about how stupid he could be for bringing guns into the locker room and blame him for their recent demise (which he is at least partly to blame for).

Posted by: mtorioles | June 21, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The knucklehead earned his way there! We would have lost our jobs and gone to jail over this, this jerk walks back to millions! What a joke!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | June 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't even put Gil in 'The 100 Most Disliked NBA Players (current)' ...but then, I'm not an authority on the matter like *FORBES*

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | June 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

man that is one good kid ..................................................................................................that's a joke

Posted by: teresabogans | June 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess it makes the POST because Gilbert is local, but seems like there's probably other stuff you could have written about. Like why the Post made the decisions it made about letting Eric Prisbell tell John Wall about his fathers history, that he was not aware of, without at least some sort of explanation as to why it was told to John, and included in the paper.

Posted by: tojo45 | June 21, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree that he is one of the 10 most disliked players. He might have moved UP my list of disliked Wiz/Bullets:
1. DOUG OVERTON 2. JUWAN HOWARD.

Just based on his non performance since he got that big money! What a disappointment!!! I know you can't predict/control injuries. But you can control your rehab and make smart decisions on coming back.

Personally he might be ok for the most part. But definetely immature in regards to his position as a person of influence. Especially, in DC, where guns and gun violence are prevalent. And w/the Polin Family as owners, to boot!!
The good thing used to be that we could escape the reality of the streets by watching the sports and not hearing about local pro athletes in the area getiing into trouble.
I've heard of his work in the community, but the NBA also makes them do some of that work. So who knows personally.

BUT INREGARDS TO SPORTS, I DISLIKE HIM UNTIL HE PRODUCES AGAIN!!

Haynesworth might be on the next list!!

Posted by: DirtyFoote | June 21, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The knucklehead earned his way there! We would have lost our jobs and gone to jail over this, this jerk walks back to millions! What a joke!

Posted by: slimjim21787

Sounds like the only thing he did to you is be more fortunate than you.

There is a serious jealousy problem with people.

Posted by: millineumman | June 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The knucklehead earned his way there! We would have lost our jobs and gone to jail over this, this jerk walks back to millions! What a joke!

Posted by: slimjim21787

Sounds like the only thing he did to you is be more fortunate than you.

There is a serious jealousy problem with people.

Posted by: millineumman | June 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Polls like this only really matter to the people in marketing. Hurts Gil's endorsement potential. Has nothing to do with playing the game.

Posted by: js_edit | June 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who dislikes Gilbert Arenas should be shot!.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The knucklehead earned his way there! We would have lost our jobs and gone to jail over this, this jerk walks back to millions! What a joke!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | June 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Riiiight. Except for the inconvenient fact that it was clear to the judge in Arenas's case that he was being treated much more harshly BECAUSE of his fame and fortune--not the other way around as you idiotically claim. Arenas lost tens of millions of dollars in salary and endorsements. Tens of millions. For a victimless crime. If this had happened to you or me, we wouldn't have even been prosecuted.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Back in the day he was arrested in Florida and the officer said some thing along the lines of "Do you know who i am" Arenas denied it saying that it sounded like something from Anchorman. I believed it. But now Arenes has become that guy

Posted by: cilp33 | June 21, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I cant wait for ARENAS, WALL and company hit the court next year. Real Wizard fans stand up.

Posted by: crisco00786 | June 21, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

He's not without flaws, but who is? Think about the most 'likable' sports figures that come to mind:

Tom Brady impregnated a woman and then left her shortly thereafter. David Ortiz did steroids. Dwight Howard turned out to be both a crybaby and a choker in the playoffs.

Gilbert took a joke way too far, and it almost cost him his career. I believe that he is a good man, and that he is desperate to get back in our good graces.

Wait and see - I think he'll accept the off-ball guard position with humility. He's smart enough to know that if he doesn't, he's finished in DC.

Posted by: brian71490 | June 21, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

the point isn't he is disliked. the point is he was the focus of much negative media scrutiny that painted the person, the team and the league in a negative light.

Posted by: simplewords999 | June 21, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans are real dumb.

Posted by: SadieV | June 21, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

If this had happened to you or me, we wouldn't have even been prosecuted.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Really? i find it hard to believe you'd still have a job and a clean criminal record if your supervisor caught you leaving guns lying around your workplace.

Posted by: briffy | June 21, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

gilbert arenas is a loser

Posted by: slim4 | June 21, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

for some reason, I was actually surprised by this. Guess I'm naive or dumb or something. I think the quote at the beginning about how when we think about gilbert twenty years from now we'll think about ourselves... probably still true for me - that's neither good nor bad.

Posted by: arn3z | June 21, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

for some reason, I was actually surprised by this. Guess I'm naive or dumb or something. I think the quote at the beginning about how when we think about gilbert twenty years from now we'll think about ourselves... probably still true for me - that's neither good nor bad.

Posted by: arn3z | June 21, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that Gil is on this list. He showed incredibly bad judgment, and it was a PR disaster, but he didn't actually hurt anyone or anything, unlike some of the others on the list.

Once he starts getting good press, he will be off the list quick.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | June 22, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

The writer of this article needs to get a life. The media just can not let this Arenas thing go. He has done more for the DC community than any ahtlete. If you really want to point at the real hated athletes it would be people like Ben the rapist of the Steelers, and the crack-smoking Michael Phelps. Amazingly none of them lost their sponsorship. Anybody conscious person knows why. So does the author of this article. Most people call it the "race card." Call it what you want, but the truth is the light.

Posted by: esmith4 | June 22, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I wiah some media person would take a minute or two to reflect on the positive Gilbert has done in his tenure with the Wizards. Such as the 16 million he gave back to the team to get Jamison signed, and the hundreds of thousands he got donated to DC schools, (to name a few). The only person with the guts to present Arenas in a positive light is Michael Wilbon. Michael, please give the DC comunity something pleasant to read. Dan and his cronies certainly will not.

Posted by: esmith4 | June 22, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious, how many of you were pooled with this question? I wasn't.

I don't believe most of these so called surveys, I've never been asked a question on any survey showing nationwide numbers. We all live in the area where Gil plays, so isn't it a little odd if none of us have been included in this survey.

Posted by: hoopsdavis | June 22, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Dan, seriously. We get enough negative news about DC -- how about reporting on the good in the DC Sports Nation. In fact, how about you and your colleague who wrote the John Wall article share something positive about DC sports teams.

I challenge you to write 10 positive things about the Wizards, Capitals, Nationals and even the Skins players this week. As a native Washingtonian -- I am tired of reading articles that hold more heat then the weather we get during the summer .

Lastly, I'm sick and tired of media organizations and politicians using the term "Americans Want . . . " They do not know what we want. You didn't call my house or email me directly. Therefore, how about using another saying -- "Media Viewers Want . . . "
More than likely, if your reading Forbes on a regular basis -- your not in tune with the fans view of Arenas in the Washington Post reading area. Otherwise, you would not have wasted your energy writing an article on that. Your editor must be exhausted and just passed your article through to meet a deadline.

Posted by: marquetterogers@gmail.com | June 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

He who have not sinned cast the first stone. Yes, Gilbert used poor judgement but haven't the man suffered enough?
I think those of you who posted these negative comments need a hug. I hope you haven't done anything wrong in your lifetime. Basketball players, Priest, Presidents are not Gods, they have there life story told to you everday so that others can make money off of it.
I could not believe the audacity of the Post reporter who dug up info on John Wall's father's criminal history. The purpose was distructive, not uplifing.

I have lived in DC most of my life and this is the first time in a long time there is a buzz in the city about this basketball team. We finally have a 2-guard, a point guard, a three (josh howard, hopefulling he signs), a four (Andre) and a center (Mcgee). These are exiting times. Hopefull this dead city filled with scandalous politicians, snoothy people, uptight self center people can break the evil surrounding there life and cheer. Go Wizards. Change you fools. Someday the camera will be on your life, and you will be searching for someone to forgive you. Peace!!

Posted by: mythoughts6 | June 22, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Arenas did something very disappointing. He hasn't been healthy enough these past few seasons to help his team. However, his circumstances actually will prove to be a blessing in disguise. We got rid of Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler. Those "professionals" were ineffective when Gilbert was gone. The team still sucked. We get Wall and a surprisingly good player later in the first round of this draft. These pieces along with a developing McGee, Young and Blatche should form the nucleus of a real contender.

Posted by: karlw171 | June 23, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

"Most Americans are real dumb."


bingo

Posted by: doogiex | June 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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