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Gilbert Arenas and Bill Cosby: a comparison



UPDATE: The beard will be cut.

Part of my mission is what's known as "accountability journalism," making sure that the important decision-makers and opinion-shapers in town are held accountable for their words, and are speaking truth and not distorted lies. I take this mission very seriously. Without the media there to watch them, sports figures could just say whatever they want, and what sort of world would we be living in then?

Which brings us to Brendan Haywood's comments last week about his former teammate, Gilbert Arenas. I'll quote from Michael Lee's account:

[Haywood] grabbed Gilbert Arenas and said, "What's up, Bill Cosby from 'Uptown Saturday Night'?"

Unable to get his bearded teammate to laugh, Haywood tried again.

"C'mon, man, you can't shave?" Haywood asked, as Arenas simply scratched his beard and cracked a smile. He held back from showing much emotion.

Well, Brendan. In this case, I think you've done a fairly accurate job of representing reality.

Of course, my own colleague -- Michael Wilbon -- has a slightly different take on the matter.

Players around the league are joking about his appearance, which for those of you of a certain age is akin to the unkempt Grady character on "Sanford and Son." Brendan Haywood said Arenas looks like Bill Cosby in "Uptown Saturday Night" which is also dead-on.

And Wilbon might be even more correct. Well done, everybody. Truth wins.




By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
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Comments

"Ya big dummy..." Just waiting for Gilbert to feign a heart attack and call out for Larry Hughes

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | October 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

HEY GUYS GIVE IT A REST. THE NEWS IS WORSE AND WORSE. YOU ALL HANG ONTO SOMETHING FOR EVER AND EVERY. IT IS SICKNING. LEAVE ARENAS ALONE. MOVE ON TO SOMETHING WOULD YOU. I AM TOO TIRED OF HEARING THIS. YOU MAY TO GET ANOTHER JOB OR SOMETHING. A FEW WEEKS IS OK, BUT STOP INVENTING SOMETHING THAT IS NOT THERE. LET THE MAN PLAY BALL WITHOUT YOUR BULL. SIGNED PAULABURTO3

Posted by: paulaburto3 | October 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Nothing against Uptown Saturday Night or Sanford & Son but are those the depths of our cultural awareness?

Thelonious Monk anyone?

Posted by: NotoriousREG | October 11, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

bearded Gil = Gil Sr.

Posted by: gidge | October 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Uptown Saturday Night was a classic movie. Nice line by Brenda Haywood.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | October 11, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Next: Someone MUST hold Fedex Field urinal cakes accountable!

If only there was someone brave enough...out there, among the stars...

Posted by: hithere1 | October 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"Part of my mission is what's known as "accountability journalism," making sure that the important decision-makers and opinion-shapers in town are held accountable for their words, and are speaking truth and not distorted lies."

This phrase sounds familiar to an earlier comment...hmmmm!

Posted by: hithere1 | October 12, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

notorious REG, What's wrong with Sanfoard and Son? The Grady beard was the first thing I thought of when I saw Arenas beard, before I even read this bog. And I'm only 27.

Posted by: destewar | October 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Waste of time writing and reading this "article"!

I can't wait to see what's written when Gil takes over and is lights out against the leagues better teams.

Posted by: Gooddad | October 12, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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