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Gilbert Arenas doing community service as mentor at center for juvenile offenders

Arenas at a January court appearance. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Gilbert Arenas is fulfilling part of his debt to society by working with young offenders in D.C.'s juvenile justice system. We've learned that the Wizards superstar -- handed a no-jail penalty for his firearms guilty plea that includes 400 hours of community service -- will be doing at least some of that work at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel. He'll be there in a "mentoring" role, we're told -- not basketball coaching, but assisting teachers in the classrooms and talking one-on-one with kids about their lives. Arenas is scheduled to start serving 30 days in a Montgomery County halfway house at some time in the near future if not already (Corrections officials are deliberately cagey about specifics for security reasons.)

By The Reliable Source  |  April 8, 2010; 5:37 PM ET
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Let me gets this straight you would allow a mental. unstable,inmature, nut job like Areans around your children?

This is what wrong with Black America letting everyone under the son raise you "chillin"


Posted by: blkisin | April 8, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

blkisin -- although I would articulate it a little differently, I agree with you to an extent. Black people for the large part have no clue in this country. The people acting as role models for our children should be people that did not make huge mistakes like Arenas. He was terribly irresonsible, immature and reckless. He avoided severe punishment because of his fame. The person who tries to mentor or turn these kids around should be someone that does not break the law, does not think themselves above the law and above the rules that everyone else follows, and they should tell the kids, "Do not do what Gilbert did!" Instead, "Live your life correctly, and make mature and wise decisions like me." This is possibly one step below Peaceaholics! Blacks just have no clue and the ignorance grows in that culture at alarming rates!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | April 9, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I would not want this scumbag near my kids.Waiving guns around in a locker room and making gun gestures mocking the authorities does not make you a role model- i don't care how much the NBA pays this looser.i will not support any team he plays on .He is a thug.

Posted by: lsf07 | April 9, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Areans will be spending some of his hours in Maryland. He has made his mistake and have been sentenced. Get over it people. Just imagine how this world would be if people didn't have the opportunity to correct their mistakes. Prayful the boys that Arenas speaks with can turn their lives around.

Posted by: ccoleman3 | April 9, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Let's see if I got this straight. Gilbert Arenas is just another BLACK THUG. Is that what you guys are saying? You may consider Gilbert to be a thug, but you three are brainless idiots. Find me a kid in a "rebuild your life" group home who isn't going to laugh in the face of some idiotic adult who says make mature and wise decisions LIKE ME! Anyone who said something like that would be tuned out so fast, it would be funny to watch. You reach troubled kids by showing them exactly what can happen if you screw up. Imagine hearing that doing something dumb (not thuggish) like taking unloaded guns to the locker room can cost you millions of dollars, makes it impossible for you to work at a job you love and deprives you of freedom of movement. Somehow, I think that would get through to a kid faster than the pompous attitude of "You should just be like ME!"

As for the incredibly bigoted attitude you three show with your posts, well that says that anything you have to say is just not worth listening to.

Posted by: juliagraffam | April 9, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

blkisin -- you should know that ignorance grows in every culture. No one is exempted. However, I think instead of Arenas talking to children about guns, he should be on the streets removing guns from their possession. He should spend time in solitude to get his spirit, mind and ethics in order.

Posted by: mldavis2009 | April 9, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps he should serve in Southeast DC where all those people were shot recently. Let him work with those kids who continue to get into trouble.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 9, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

What's this Negro gonna do? Teach them that one gun is no longer enough and that they must have four, as he did?

Or teach them how to defecate in another player shoe's, as he did?

No wonder this country is dying and revolution is in the air coast to coast to coast.

Screw this human bio-solid and screw the NBA.

Posted by: manfromthefuture | April 9, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to hear blkisin, Hotelguest0, and lsf07 are so perfect. Maybe you all can get off the computer and instead of putting someone else down, you can go help the young people that he is going to reach out to. Not everyone wants to go to talk to troubled teens, but not only is he doing it as a part of his sentencing, but he did it even before he was in trouble. You can be mad all you want about this but this is WHAT HE WAS SENTENCED TO DO!!!! What else do you want him to do? He has made stupid mistake and he has the opportunity to show young people how his decisions have affect him and the people around him. Imagine if we were all banned from talking to young people because of the mistakes we've made. There would be nobody left, because we've all made mistakes no matter how big or how small they maybe. He has an opportunity to correct a very terrible matter, let him do this, without you judging him!

Posted by: meatkins | April 9, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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