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Report: Sharpton urges Stern to come down hard on Arenas

In an interview with the New York Daily News, civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton called on NBA Commissioner David Stern to come down hard on Gilbert Arenas after the Wizards guard admitted to storing guns in his locker at Verizon Center.

"The NBA needs to stand up and send a strong message by dealing with this situation," Sharpton told the newspaper.

Sharpton also said reaction to reports that Arenas drew a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton on Dec. 21 has been tempered because the players involved are black.

"If it had been a white player pointing a gun at a black player, there would have been much more of an uproar," he said. "It's almost as if people are saying, 'Well, we don't expect anything better from our black athletes.' "

The Daily News said Sharpton spoke with Stern by phone Monday and hopes to meet with him later this week.

By Alexa Steele  |  January 5, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
 
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there goes al sharpton jumpin in the mix. i swear he chases ambulances, and has a police scanner.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

It's so nice of Reverend Al to take time out of his busy schedule of fleecing poor blacks of their money and buying fur coats to comment!

Posted by: awb9h | January 5, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

now all the people who normally hate Al Sharpton and call him a racist are going to have to support what he said and quote him in their rants all around the 'net. What a topsy-turvy world

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The Red Sox had the curse of the Bambino, what's the Wizard's excuse? This situation just sucks and Sharpton doesn't make it any better...BOOO!!!

Posted by: Berndaddy | January 5, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

...guess its time to start praying for the ping pong ball to bounce our way.

Posted by: oddjob2 | January 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

And why does Al Sharpton have a say?

Posted by: rgm34 | January 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

What's the point of reporting this?

Posted by: BC1963 | January 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Sharpton has little credibility, but on this one - he's actually right. The league should send a strong message...like it or not, kids (both black and white) look up to and idolize sports superstars - allowing Arenas to get off with a handslap send a terrible message. Guess what - when you are a superstar celebrity, you should be held to a high standard and when you break the law and commit dangerous/violent crime, you can and should be made an example of, for the greater community good

Posted by: sunnyman1 | January 5, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Stern done anything to Delonte West? He is still playing and was carrying multiple guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I am probably going against the grain of most with this post but here goes.

From obeserving Gil these past few years, I don't view him as a violent person. I can almost believe his portrayal of events that he gave to police. It sounds like something Gil would do.

I can see where his quirky, and now misguided, sense of humor would come up with something like that.

Gil has been a star in this league and worked for team that has coddled him in the past, like allowing him to stab his HC in the back and embarrasing the coaching staff about when he was going to play. He gets away with stuff. Maybe the two things aren't related but I wonder.

He pershaps works in an environment where he does not think fully about the consequences of his actions.

Ultimately, Gil probably has to take most of the responsibility for what he did, but I wonder if there isn't some blame that could go to others as well.

Unless there is some new revelation (that is accurate) coming down the pike that shows the way Gil portrayed things in his statement as being inaccurate, then I think Gil should be fined and probably suspended for a number of games, but not a huge amount of games and not for the rest of the year or anything like that.

However, from the tone of the criticism against him right now, the consequences for him may be a lot worse than what I mention above.

Posted by: cannontl | January 5, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

How does Al know gil pointed a gun at Critt? Isnt that hearsay still?

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree with cannontl's comments above. But I have to add: if I pointed a gun in a coworkers face, I'd probably lose my job and get a little jail time, maybe be forced to get some psych counseling. If gil broke the law then he needs to answer to the law. Whatever the NBA does is up to them.

Posted by: phurt60 | January 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton also took a stance against HipHop/Rap.

It was silly of him to do so. Instead of coming out against the questionable culture that HipHop/Rap seams to glorify, he thought that coming out against the music actually means something.

It dosn't, once the song has been made, whatever they are singing about already has been personified in society.

So who was he trying to fool by indicating/claiming that HipHop/Rap was somehow the calls of the negative ills in society.

Now he is coming out jumping on Gilberts situation, putting his two cents in, calling the Commish' to be tough on him.

Why, what does he have to gain by the Commish' being tough on Gilbert.

Contrare to popular opinion, the people that would be influenced by what Gilbert did in the wrong way probably are already of that ilk.

Al Sharpton is not saving any young youth from Gilbert, nor does his sucking up to the Commish' to slam Gilbert do anything for gun violence in America.

It is all too clear now why some rappers slam Sharpton in their songs.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Stern done anything to Delonte West? He is still playing and was carrying multiple guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 5, 2010 10:44 AM

His case hasn't been resolved.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

there goes al sharpton jumpin in the mix. i swear he chases ambulances, and has a police scanner.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

LOL...I was just saying the same thing to someone at my job...Either that or dude has a mean spider sense...Geez.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Good Lord, save us from Al. What does who pulled a gun on who have to do with it. NO weapon should be in a locker room (among other places). It's pretty simple Alfred.

Posted by: mitlen | January 5, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

best thing for the team would be Boykins winning $60k in card game and then getting benched for it like Mcgee.

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton? From the sublime to the ridiculous to the ludicrous.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Stern done anything to Delonte West? He is still playing and was carrying multiple guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 5, 2010 10:44 AM |

Good point Lisa_R,

What is up with the Delonte West thing? And wasn't his guns loaded?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 5, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Holy cow! Pigs are flying and h*ll has frozen over because the Reverend Al is beinig logical. I must have benn transported to a parallel universe overnight.

Posted by: redsoxnation | January 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Stern done anything to Delonte West? He is still playing and was carrying multiple guns.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

lisa r great stuff. your man west was speedin on tha highway traveling with 3 loaded weapons in a guitar case like el mariachi. he's been allowed by his organization to play and practice whenever he makes himself available.


but Al Sharpton,c'mon son! what are you standing for on this one? the sever punishment of Gil Arenas? What has the guy ever done to Al. The more people with influence that poke their noses in this situation the bigger circus it becomes. Before the ny times story this was a minor blip, now it's a national headlin/punchline, and for what a coupla guys having guns where they shouldn't have. jeez i wish the us gov't woulda been this tough on the whitehouse partycrashers (for some reason i think white house security breaches are more serious than the verizon center) or the multiple sex offenders that my itouch app tells me live in a 5 mile radius of my neighborhood,or even all of the crooked dc cops like the one who acted as a lookout for a robbery/homocide a coupla weeks ago. It's interesting who society decides to burn and who the absolve. Dick Cheyney shot a man in the face with a shotgun. Sure it was on a hunting trip, but they weren't hunting middle aged white man so......

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Even a broken clock is right twice a day...guess credit should be given to him for making some sense (for once).

Posted by: dbunkr | January 5, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

i'm really surprised stern would take a stance since both athletes are black.normally he sees which person has the most money to contribute to his organization which has a way of funneling to his personal bank account.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | January 5, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Arenas is an idiot, the Wizards fans should be praying that we can void his contract based on these allegations. Trade Jamison and Butler and start from scratch! We need a real star here, not some jokster.

Posted by: meepres | January 5, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Notwithsatnding the idiocy of Gilbert Arena's actions in this matter, the details of the matter and the leaglity of the incident at this point are merely speculation. How Sharpton can sugggest that Stern "should come down haed on Arenas" without the benefit of an investigation or the facts is counter to what true "civil rights' is all about. Moerover, who gives a damn about what Letterman jokes about. Here is an admitted adulterer, who exploited young vulnerable woman in a workplace environment.

Whatever happens Arenas deserves due process and an intelligent assessment of this situation can only be made after we know all of the facts. It is clear that he will be punished and that he will lose his ability to play ball and potentially his freedom. That is a shame because this is a young man who has donated money to schools and charities and has always been gracious with the fans.

On the basketball side, Arenas is still a talented player who has missed over two years and is starting to play better and become more mobile. It would be idoitic for this fanchise to jettison him before getting a true assessment of the player he will be, which really wont happen till next year.

Lastly at what point does Grunfeld and ownership have to be held accountable for their inability to develop young players and have a plan for the future. Last year, with nothing to lose(19-63), a smart organization wpuldhave made the time investment in Blatche , McGee and Young so that htey could have a fair chance to develop. The teams that took there lumps ala Portland, Atlanta, Memphis and Oklahoma City are now reaping the benefits.

Posted by: NewManagement | January 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

the same people who say Sharpton is an idiot when he cries white racism against blacks, think he's correct when he says Arenas is getting off easy because he's black.

funny how that works

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Delonte West was caught with guns on the Beltway I believe (to those outside of Washington, DC that is Interstate 495 and rings the metro DC area). And his case is going through the court system. West did not have guns in an NBA facility. The NBA has rules against bringing firearms into an NBA facility. That is why the NBA is investigating the Arenas incident and not the West incident (although I'm sure they are looking into West also). However, that is not to say that after Wests' case is adjudicated the NBA will not mete out some punishment to West because that is the NBA (Stern) does.

NBA and other high profile athletes are looked to as role-models. For good or ill. However, they are still people (regular human beings) who should be held accountable for their actions and to the same standard as all people. Because they do something wrong does not mean they deserve harsher punishment because they are well-known. They should be punished and held accountable--the same as anyone else.

Posted by: kaz3 | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"They should be punished and held accountable--the same as anyone else."

same as anyone else who can afford a team of the best lawyers money can buy.

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If a white player had pointed the gun at a black player, he would have to move out of the country. This double standard is what perpetuates racism. And yes, Al, the truth is, we don't expect any better from our black athletes - they have proved over and over they can't rise above their past/macho image/thuggery. Arenas gave the Wizards the right to break one of the worst contracts in the NBA. I hope they do so. He is an idiot and needs to go, apology or no.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | January 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Lies are the new facts in today's world. "Gilbert Arenas and his Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other" is what Peter Vecsey reported to the world as fact. And now thousands if not millions of people have heard it and believe it. It does not matter that countless follow up reports by numerous media outlets have "clarified" that neither Arenas nor Crittenton drew guns on each other. The initial story is what got the most attention, and by now, the damage is done.

Peter Vecsey, in his eagerness to be the first to break what would be a major story, recklessly reported a fabrication about Arenas that has absolutely destroyed the reputation of an otherwise good person. If someone should lose their job over this incident, it should not be Arenas nor Crittenton...it should be Vecsey. But not in the world we live in where there is simply no accountability for members of the media. But if you want to give Vecsey a piece of your mind, here's his email address: peter.vecsey@nypost.com

As for Sharpton, John Feinstein, and the rest of the anti-gun lobby--it is beyond pathetic that they would attempt to further their political agenda by trying to make an example out of Arenas. None of these folks have any idea yet whether a crime was committed, whether the guns were legal or loaded, or what exactly happened that day in the locker room-- and yet here we have knee-jerk reactions from a few political hacks calling for the NBA to throw the book at someone before we even know the facts about what happened. Again, it's beyond pathetic.

Last but not least, why is Al Sharpton even quoted anymore in the press these days? One would think that comments like "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house" and referring to Jews as "diamond merchants" and saying of Mitt Romney "as for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him" would be more than reason enough to cut this guy's mic off years ago--let alone his many efforts in inciting riots--but apparently not.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"If a white player had pointed the gun at a black player, he would have to move out of the country."

Which is irrelevant because in this instance, no player--black, white, or otherwise--pointed a gun at anyone.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"Ultimately, Gil probably has to take most of the responsibility for what he did..."

Gonna cut this sentence short.

Therein lies the problem. He takes none...NONE!

It's just a big fat game to him. I don't accept his apology because I don't think he's sorry.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Which is irrelevant because in this instance, no player--black, white, or otherwise--pointed a gun at anyone."

Gil's placing the unloaded guns on the bench in a lame attempt at humor doesn't fit the thug image that many people crave for the nba.

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Please note that the only person who has claimed that anyone pulled guns on somebody was BOOKIE BALL. Al Sharpton, like the rest of you (incl. Wilbon, Feinstein, et al), ought to calm down and wait for all the facts before passing judgment.

Beyond that, I'm with cannontl all the way.

Posted by: IrenePollin | January 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The type of conduct exhibited by Gilbert with these guns is unacceptable. I would not want that type of conduct on my Team.

At the same time it isn't my Team and for that reason I would not want to see the Wizards being blown up.

Number 1) Flip isn't the coach to develop young players and five years of developing to just be able to compete is not what I want to see.

Number 2) Even if Gilbert contract is voided, the Washington Wizards will not get any of the high flying FA's that will be available. They ain't coming here.

I could see if we can honestly say that this Team ain't worth squat and cannot win. But, we can't, this Team is grossly underachieving.

That being said, if we are examining Gilberts talent on the floor, he is actually moving towards where he was pre-injury faster than I thought.

Right now, no GM as one blogger has pointed out is going to give us value for anyone we give up. The Wizs don't have bargaining power right now.

So to blow it up now for draft picks that Flip isn't going to develop along with some less than equal washed up vets in trades is not something I want to see.

If Gilbert can get through this standing and still on the Team, I think Flip's best chance to make the Wizards creditable is with this Team even though he hasn't figured it out to this point.

Controversy and doom can be blessings. I am hoping that this is the case for the Wizards and all of this dosen't take this Team five years to start competing again.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Gil's placing the unloaded guns on the bench in a lame attempt at humor doesn't fit the thug image that many people crave for the nba."

Exactly. People will see this as they choose to see it.

Posted by: IrenePollin | January 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Its hard being a black man in white america. Even when you make a statement they normally would agree with you are still wrong or controversial. Now which one of us actually expects Sharpton not to defend Arenas because of race and which ones did? And seeing that the rest of the world has an opinion on Arenas why shouldn't sharpton? I am supprised they have not asked Obama about it.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"If it had been a white player pointing a gun at a black player, there would have been much more of an uproar," he said. "It's almost as if people are saying, 'Well, we don't expect anything better from our black athletes.' "
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The first time I have ever agreed with Al Sharpton. Black males need to be more responsible and held accountable for their actions as well as white men.

Posted by: hessone | January 5, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The first time I have ever agreed with Al Sharpton. Black males need to be more responsible and held accountable for their actions as well as white men.

Posted by: hessone | January 5, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If Al Sharpton cared one iota about black males taking more responsibility, you'd hear him talking about ways to curb the number one problem facing the black community: 7 out of 10 black kids growing up without fathers. But instead, he and the rest of the self-appointed "civil rights leaders" never make any mention of this problem.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I see that spending time with Newt Gingrich is having a great effect on Sharpton. For once, he's 100% correct.

Posted by: shanks1 | January 5, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barno1,

Where did you get your scoop? You don't know anymore than the rest of us what happened inside the locker room. I'm saying IF these charges are true he should be arrested. Just my opinion.

Posted by: hessone | January 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If Al Sharpton cared one iota about black males taking more responsibility, you'd hear him talking about ways to curb the number one problem facing the black community: 7 out of 10 black kids growing up without fathers. But instead, he and the rest of the self-appointed "civil rights leaders" never make any mention of this problem.

Posted by: Barno1
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Good point Barno. Good family life and a good education is what Sharpton should be preaching for success in the black community.

Posted by: hessone | January 5, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't you need bullets to hurt someone?? he will be suspended big time for bringing firearms to work but legally it just seems rediculous that you can't transport/carry unloaded guns in MD/DC... what happened to 2nd ammendment? It's a joke & seems to be shrinking by the day...

Posted by: tony325 | January 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

if a white player woulda pointed a gun at a black player blah blah blah. that didn't happen who knows what woulda happened, i wouldn't trip if i heard about a white dude pointing an unloaded gun. but maybe that's just my thuggish macho ignorance that makes me not fear an unloaded gun....go figure.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Sharpton is correct.

I'm not concerned about the adults; it's the teens who would be influenced by this that are my concern.

Posted by: kahlua87 | January 5, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Al Sharpton thinks? He's a cartoon character. I'm betting Jesse Jackson will be the next publicity hound to jump in. Two peas in a pod they are and both would steal money from their mother.

Posted by: AsstGM | January 5, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This response is to Barno1 who questions why Vescey, Sharpton and the rest of the so-called critics out there would like the league to come down hard on Arenas. The NBA as part of the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, forbids players to bring guns to the arena, practice facility or even offsite promotional places. It doesn't matter whether the gun was loaded or not, Arenas violated league policy and for this he should be severely punished. I am sick of all the excuses for these 2 comma cry babies! Stern needs to make a statement and not tolerate guns in the NBA. I am all for gun owners rights as long as they are obeyed and Arenas did not follow the leagues policy when it came to guns. No excuses! Suspend him and anyone else who violated the policy now!

Posted by: torigrl | January 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would say this: AWRIGHT SHARPTON!!!!
What a pleasant surprise you are seeing things for what they are and not for the color of it.

Posted by: hock1 | January 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Like him or not, he IS asking for the NBA to do the right thing.

Posted by: bbirdy202 | January 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Could've done without the comparison to how the media would've reacted had a white person been involved.

Just like I could do without the "ghetto" and "thug" references when talking about Gilbert.

Black, white, red, yellow, green, purple, polka-dotted, whatever, what happened was just stupid and inexcusable.

Posted by: CF11555 | January 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

so do all of the people who are asking for the stiff punishment of Gil obey the law to the letter? No jaywalkers, litterbugs, smokers (tha sticky) or buzzed drivers on here. I'm proud of yall, who knew i blogged in a perfect world.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Legally I don't think the Law should come down hard on Gil. It was an idiotic thing to do but he did legally own the weapons. I remember about a year or so ago someone from the Virginia governor's office had an issue because they were traveling through DC with a gun legally registered in VA. I don't think that individual went to jail. As far as the NBA well that's another story. Even in states were it is legal to carry guns employers have the right to set strict guidelines for gun posession in the work place. For the vast majority of individuals if they get caught with a gun at their place of employment they would be disciplined and disciplined harshly.

The difference between Delonte West and Gilbert Arenas is Delonte did not get caught with weapons at his place of employment while Gilbert did. It's idiotic and the league can't let it slide. I think a 1/3 to 1/2 season suspension would be about right though I wouldn't be suprise if he was suspended the remainder of the season.

Gil also better hope the Wizs don't look into voiding the remainder of his contract due to his actions. I don't know if that is something they will be able to do but I feel they're at least thinking about it.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | January 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood:

what are you suggesting? two wrongs make a right?

yes, we all have skeletons in the closet. but that doesn't change that what Gilbert did is a walking PR cluster**** at best and utterly stupid and dangerous and worst.

that doesn't make us better than him. but it doesn't excuse what he did either.....

Posted by: CF11555 | January 5, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Sharpie has to stay? Does this guy actually have a job?

Posted by: randysbailin | January 5, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I will admit, I am for once shocked that he said that. Normally its always a White/Black thing with him.... so for me to hear that he wants punishment for a black man is pretty surprising.

Posted by: rvanags | January 5, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

of course we don't expect more from the blacks....is that supposed to be an alert or something?

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | January 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

In all of the hoopla about Gil, why has no one mentioned Crittenden. If it's true (and I freely concede none of us were there and can swear what happened) that JC said he "would shoot him in his left knee," I'm surprised Gil would try to make a joke about it. After 2 years not being able to play and 2 surgeries on that knee, I'm not sure I would have joked. To me, that is why I don't feel as harsh toward Gil as so many others seem to. Does he deserve to be punished by the NBA? Of course he does. But, I think they need to look at precedent and how some of the really violent abuses in the past were handled and what the punishment was before going off on Gil with over the top punishment. And, yes, shortly after James Webb was elected to the Senate by Virginia, one of his aides was caught in DC with a pistol that was registered in VA and belonged to the Senator. If there were any legal ramifications to that, it was nothing more than a fine. I firmly believe any punishment handed down should be by the NBA and not the DC judicial system. As for voiding his contract, that would never stand up. The Players Association would tie the Wizards up in arbitration and possibly court for years. And Gil would still be playing and would still be getting paid.

Not sure why there seems to be such vitriol being aimed at Gil. He didn't hurt anyone and has never demonstrated a violent streak that has been reported. I think the best thing would be too step back, cool down, and let the real facts emerge with time.

Posted by: juliagraffam | January 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Yay!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

No fan of Sharpton, but for once, Big Al said the right thing. And it doesn't appear he has any money making motive, unless he plans to sue the NFL on Arenas' behalf if Stern hands down a tough league sanction.

Aw shucks, I'll give Al the benefit of the doubt. He won't and He's right.

High time people stop making excuses for high-priced athletes who believe they can do what they want, when they want, and buy their way out of the consequences.

The issue is not "role modeling" by the rich and often shameless. Don't care about that. Ridiculous to expect every athlete or TV star to be "a role model".

What our society cannot tolerate is the flaunting of the law by the powerful, the wealthy, and the famous who can afford "get-me-off-anywhichway legal teams", the rest of us cannot.

When enough of the public believes money can always buy a "get of jail free" card, no matter how guilty and outrageous the accused is, unchecked public lawlessness is a foregone conclusion.

This society is already on that slippery slope, and getting near the bottom.

Posted by: jheyssel | January 5, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton isn't even taken seriously in the black community...

Posted by: randysbailin | January 5, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton selling out. Wow! Does this fool really think he can run for mainstream office? Poor Al...folks have thrown him a few bones now he thinks he can reach across the aisles. (funny)

He should call Gilbert and Crit and talk to them before running offf at the mouth. He doesn't even know Gilbert. Gilbert is an outstanding citizen. He just played a bad joke.

Who is the trader that squealed!!!! (mad)

Posted by: kentonsmith | January 5, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Do people actually follow the wizards?

Posted by: garrett4 | January 5, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I think point would be if any of brought a gun to our workplace, then we would:

1. Have a SWAT team standing outside the workplace.

2. Get locked up and lose a job!

As a Black MAN and former athelete, it is time that we stop the madness and start holding these guys accountable for their actions. I have friends that played professional ball and they conducted themselves with dignity and respect. I agree with Rev. Al that if you do something STUPID as bringing a GUN to your workplace, then you deserve whatever happens to you.

Posted by: ahow | January 5, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Al Shasrpton needs to mind his own business and stay out of everyone elses. Better still go jump in the casket wit James Brown.

Posted by: ftw1 | January 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Al process Sharpton,

You are another one of these crab in the bucket.
Instead of calling David Stern why not call Mr. Arenas and offer some sort of counseling.

Little Wayne was caught with illegal substances and weapons in his tour mobile I don't recall you calling his record label and asking them to suspend or punish him but yet you want to come down hard on a guy that spends more time in the gym practicing than his counterparts, he donated plenty to public schools in the dc metropolitan area but you glorify only the bad things. Why not offer help. Better yet keep your mouth closed because your processed hair is not a good example makes me think you want to be something other than what you really are.

Posted by: bonggong | January 7, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

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