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Gilbert Arenas and his crazy new beard: Barbers tell us what it means

(Jonathan Newton/TWP)

Gilbert Arenas has a beard now. He showed it off at the Wizards' media day on Monday. It's kind of bushy and unkempt, though it's hard to tell whether it's a I-can't-be-bothered kind of thing, or you know, a look. In the video below, you can see it from many angles. (See also the Washington Post Wizards Insider blog for more about Gilbert Arenas's beard.)

UPDATED, 7 pm.: Experts agree: That was no mere act of shaving negligence (a teammate claims a bet was involved) -- it was a deliberate look. But exactly what look is Arenas going for?

"It's a sign of change," said barber Samal (one name only) from Eddie's Hair Creations on Florida Avenue. "He's got a new number, a new attitude. He messed up, he's seen the organization make some changes. He wants to align himself with that."

At the Grooming Lounge near Farragut North, Paul Davis saw penitence: "It looks he's trying to say, 'I haven't been out there, I haven't been trying to look sharp or fly.' " Davis thinks the Wizard may also suffer from skin irritation -- he noticed a bit of a rash during Arenas's cleanshaven days. Either way, Davis said, that beard definitely needs some grooming.

Diego D'Ambrosio of Diego's Hair Salon in Dupont Circle would only drop his clippers for a second to look at photos of the aggressively hirsute point guard: "I think he looks dirty," he sniffed.

By The Reliable Source  | September 28, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
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Gilbert will be just fine. He just needs to pull away fro mhis old persona and that's hard to do because people are so unforgiving towards him and I'm sure he never expected that response from Washingtonians. When it was going well, they loved him. Now it's almost like he HAS to reinvent himself just to play the game.

His talent is off the charts. I just hope he gets back to playing like his old self but a bit more reserved in front of the camera.

Posted by: cbmuzik | September 29, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm loving the beard - very Marvin Gaye. Now, let's get it on, Wizards!!

Posted by: beegrace123 | September 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Big deal. He's growing a beard. Did he change his brand of soap, deorderant, or hair spray?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 30, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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