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Poll: Do you accept Arenas's apology?

Here is a link to the op-ed Gilbert Arenas wrote for this morning's paper.

By Alexa Steele  |  February 2, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
 
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I need to keep up with the new posts!

Arenas who? Already forgot him. Sent to the dustheap that is John Williams, Kevin Duckworth, Pervis Ellison, "Hot" Rod Strickland and so on and so on.

Hopefully he will do something ON THE COURT that will jar my memory, but I fear it is too late and his great play of the 06-07 season will stay a distant memory.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I have an idea...why don't we pick up Ralph Sampsons last 3 years of his contract?

Better yet, we can sign Antoine Walker (I hear he needs to be paid in cash only) and let him battle it out with Jamison and see who is right about yesterday's inane argument.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I hear Shawn kemp is looking at another comeback.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

blurred:

I'd rather talk about the SPIDERS and RAMS than the LIZARDS. How about you?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

To me, the Arena op-ed piece is mostly just words. What would it take for me to think he is sincerely sorry? That's easy. Gil should seek an acceptable buy-out that does not sting the Wiz for every last cent. If the Wiz give him $30 or $40 million to walk away and start a new life with another team, then that's probably as fair as it is going to get. He would be doing us all a favor if he takes it. Then the Wiz can start to rebuild for a better day.

Gil will not be hurt too badly, since he can recover most of the lost contract money by striking a new deal with a new team. He will still be a millionaire many, many times over.

I wish Gil much success. Forget the role model stuff--I just hope he improves himself. If he wants DC fans' forgiveness, he certainly has it here. And I am glad he seems to realize now that guns and violence are not pranks or fun in any way, and certainly no way to resolve a dispute either.

Mentioning Mrs. Pollin was a nice touch in the op-ed, in view of Abe's strong stance against guns.

Posted by: EdDC | February 2, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Glawrence why even post something then?

The Wizards need Arenas, Arenas needs the wizards AND the Wizards need Arenas.

Simple as that..trade butler and jamison. Bring in TMac.
10-11 starting lineup
PG Arenas
SG TMAC
SF Miller
PF Blatche
C Haywood

Posted by: crisco00786 | February 2, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

crisco - What will it take to resign Miller, Haywood and Tmac?

Will we have that much money if we keep Arenas?

Do you really think that team will win more than 25 games?

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

EdDc, let see you make a mistake on your job, get put on probation and give your paycheck back to your company. I don't think so. That is about the craziest thing I have ever heard. He has already forfeited millions already. I am quite sure you wouldn't tell your company, here take my paycheck, void my employment with your company, I screwed up, you can hire someone else. Yea, right, sure you would!

Posted by: ivyleague | February 2, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

BTW, people kill me trying to count someone elses money. How much do you make per year? As a season ticket holder, I hope he stays! How about that???

Posted by: ivyleague | February 2, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

ivyleague,

Yeah I would probably take $30 or $40 million for doing nothing, so I can strike a new deal to go to a much better work situation. What's the big sacrifice?

Posted by: EdDC | February 2, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I voted for Yes. He seemed sincere.

Some of the comments about him though have been incredibly harsh and speak to something much deeper that anger over a gun violation.

Posted by: bozomoeman | February 2, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse


EdDc, let see you make a mistake on your job, get put on probation and give your paycheck back to your company. I don't think so. That is about the craziest thing I have ever heard. He has already forfeited millions already. I am quite sure you wouldn't tell your company, here take my paycheck, void my employment with your company, I screwed up, you can hire someone else. Yea, right, sure you would!

Posted by: ivyleague | February 2, 2010 10:56 AM


Preach it!!!

It's so easy to remain detached from the situation when it's SOMEBODY ELSE'S MONEY YOU'RE GIVING AWAY!

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 2, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

GLawrence:

It would be nice if they can both go dancing this year. UR played hella D against St Louis Saturday. Maybe they could sub in for the Wiz once in a while.

I bought a chunk of tix for the VCU/ODU game Saturday for my friends. I hope it doesn't snow out. I have an extra pair if you are interested.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I would probably take $30 or $40 million for doing nothing, so I can strike a new deal to go to a much better work situation. What's the big sacrifice?

Posted by: EdDC | February 2, 2010 11:00 AM

40-50 MILLION DOLLARS!

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I would probably take $30 or $40 million for doing nothing, so I can strike a new deal to go to a much better work situation. What's the big sacrifice?

Posted by: EdDC

Considering he's owed $80mill and probably couldnt sign elsewhere for more than $5mill....I'd say about $35-$45mill sacrifice

Posted by: divi3 | February 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"Glawrence why even post something then?

The Wizards need Arenas, Arenas needs the wizards AND the Wizards need Arenas.

Simple as that.."
Posted by: crisco00786 | February 2, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

No one's talking to you. If I want something out of you, I'll squeeze your head.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 2, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

blurred:

Thanx man, but we're at home against TEMPLE. Gonna' see what this SPIDER team is really made of this week. We've got roadies with ST. JOE'S this wednesday and RHODE ISLAND wednesday a week.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 2, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break. Gilbert didn't write this. All this stuff about the kids ... it's just his lawyer spinning things all over again.

We know you Gilbert. We've read your blog and your tweets and your interviews. Stop trying to play us as fools.

And the kids? I doubt they care that much. Just clean up your act, win some ballgames, and don't screw up. Then everything will be forgiven.

Posted by: jimwest20 | February 2, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

We beat RI, so you can too. Good luck.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

When Gilbert and his new team come to the Verizon Center and pound the rebuilding Wizards into the floor, you'll gonna wonder why he isn't with us anymore. Sorta like Chris Webber.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 2, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse


When Gilbert and his new team come to the Verizon Center and pound the rebuilding Wizards into the floor, you'll gonna wonder why he isn't with us anymore. Sorta like Chris Webber.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 2, 2010 11:20 AM

It'll be clear why he isn't with us. He has a felony under his belt. Sorta NOT like Webber.

Posted by: artiesliver | February 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

This blog has no control about the fate of GA and wiz relationship, it is up to GA to handle this issue smartly.GA is well liked in washington area,i personaly do not like his game but they need to try him with a strong front court players and a dependable SG who would play better defense and share the scoring with arenas, leadership should be given to somebody else.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 2, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

When Gilbert stays and his salary eats at our ability to rebuild while his skills diminish quickly, we will wonder why he IS playing here.

Unfortunately, I think he will be here. We just need a coach that can TELL him what he is going to do and then implement the bench when he does his own goofy thing.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

here is my issue... this is notthe first time he has been in trouble with guns.... Like most star athletes, alot gets pushed under the rug.... except that one time, which is now. Since this incident, he has had all the time to apologize and make things right but he waits about 30 days before his punishment set to start making things right... here is something novel... if you were seting the right example from the get go, you would not be in this position. I dont want to hear that NBA players and guns are par for the course because that is a cop out! You have known for years that you are a role model... act like it. Whether you wanted to be or not, kids look up to Athletes. Also, practice what you preach! A true role model does just that. He leads by example. I am sure that he is sorry and remorseful, I just feel that it is a little too late.

Posted by: rvanags | February 2, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I do not accept Gilberts apology because I do not require an apology. His actions were dissapointing but doesn't even make my list of things to stress over.

He probably is finally listening to advice and hoping to have this considered when sentencing comes. If he wrote it or not I don't care.

I hope he does wise up sooner than later. I also would like for the team to keep him, deal with the awful contract that they have already given him and trade everything else away and draft around that.

Posted by: millineumman | February 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Strange how some of you hold athletes to a higher standard than you would (seemingly) politicians. Bush liked and got hundred of thousands killed...he was relected. If that can happen...Gil is a MUCH better person than most of not all politicians...I support Gil still. MVP 10-11 Season...

Posted by: Gooddad | February 2, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

i want to change my vote to "No" after re-reading Gil's letter.

Forget the kids, adult fans pay for your gargantuan salary and it's fans like me that have to endure miserable 4th quarters like last night because your dumb self couldnt 1)keep guns away from the locker room or 2)cover it up properly like everyone else does.

Drop a "sorry" for the real fans!

Posted by: divi3 | February 2, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

RETURN ALL OF THE 2 YEARS OF SALARY YOU GOT FOR SITTING ON THE BENCH AND THEN WE WOULD BELIEVE HE WAS SINCERE.

Posted by: DaveLopan | February 2, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert must walk the talk and demonstrate through overt actions what he has put into words. he must also consider the fans who believe in him and do whatever it takes of him to enable the Wizards to resurrect themselves as a winning franchise, whatever it takes of or from him!

Posted by: moralcompass1 | February 2, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Free Gilbert - No blood no foul. Ok, some foul, but it seems that we have made Gilbert the poster boy for stupid behavior. Lots of players have done worse and been punished less.

Posted by: Eradicator | February 2, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert being a better role model is fine of course, but I'd settle for him being a better point guard. With the Wizards.

Posted by: mugsybol | February 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

It'll be clear why he isn't with us. He has a felony under his belt. Sorta NOT like Webber.

Chris wasn't a felon but was a knucklehead. He finally matured elsewhere. We got impatient with his off the court antics and gave him away for nothing. At least let Gilbert repair his reputation on the court before we just cut him loose and we get nothing. If Juwan Howard's contract can be traded so can Gilbert's.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 2, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If it's all about the money, getting every cent of the $80 million due him, then where is the sincere apology?

Wilbon says Gil is worth about $7 million a year. So let's say it is $7, then $8 then $9, then $10 over the four remaining years of the Arenas contract. So that is $34 million.

Therefore, Gil gets $40 million to walk and $34 million from his new team. That's $74 million! He sacrifices $6 million as a way of apologizing for the destruction he has caused everyone here in DC. He has already been paid maybe $25 million, even counting the lost revenue from the suspension, for doing very little over the last two years. So that's $100 million in all. It is hard to feel too sorry for Gil.

Now if y'all say Gil is entitled to all of the $111 million (less the amount lost due to the suspension), I can understand that too. But it is not an apology if he sacrifices nothing.

Posted by: EdDC | February 2, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

@Kalo_rama,

It is really said that you had to go cite the offseason training regimens of so many others as if Brendan Haywood doesn't also have one or the initiative thereto.

Oh well, it is too bad that Brendan's offseason training regimen's is not up to your high politicking standards.

Evidence once again of embellishing a point while refusing to acknowledge that Brendan Haywood has always had an offseason regimen.

If you were not aware that he had one you should have checked first before you went through all that sound and glory signifying nothing but your ignorance of the matter.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 2, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

And while you were so adept at citing other players offseasons regimens, why is it so funny that you are not aware that Haywood has one?

I don't believe for one minute that you don't know or could not research that Haywood has always had one.

You are just trying to leave it out of your argument to make your failed analogy lood good.

Didn't work ole' chap. Maybe on someone less knowledgeable than I, but that argument holds no water.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 2, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

And how much evidence does a caveman need to see that sitting Haywood for darn near half a game and bringing him in in the Mony Quarter, whilst in most cases the momentum has swung to the other Team that Haywood's insertion dosen't make any difference.

If he is truly your number one center, then you should have him on the floor at the beginning of the quarter and see how that works.

If anyone out there that dosen't believe sitting Haywood like that does not have an effect on his game, then your BBall IQ is suspect.

Furthermore, play both Blatche and Haywood together more and in crunchtime when it really counts throughout and in the 4th Q', then we will really see what the real deal is.

And again anyone that believes that bringing Haywood into the game with 6 minutes after he has been sitting for major minutes is a good strategy is about as smart as Flip Saunders coaching is turning out to be.

It isn't working and "That Dog Dosen't Hunt".

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I accept Gilbert's apology and believe he is sincere.

I hope the judge does as well.

Sorry for the repost above but Mike moved a little fast this morning and I wasn't throught teaching Kalo_rama a lesson.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 2, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I hope Gilbert stays. The Wizards have always had problems getting a good PG other than Rod Stickland and Price(when he was done)...Will we go back to having PG's like Doug Overton,michael Adams,Mugsy Bogues,an old Scott Skiles, and Chris Whitney types. I say trade Caron "turnover" Butler,Jamison,and haywood. And try to get good value for them.

Posted by: kstew44621 | February 2, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

He brought Guns to PRACTICE!! Not a GAME...but PRACTICE!! We're talking bout PRACTICE!!! LMAO!!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | February 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards need Arenas, Arenas needs the wizards AND the Wizards need Arenas."

I disagree.

I think the Wiz need a complete make-over from top to bottom.

That includes EG.

This franchise needs a new start. The fans are SO good here. The fans deserve better.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 2, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

MAYBE I accept Gilbert's apology but I want to see how he applies himself to his words, not that they are his words. He had some PR help with that article. But the gist of it was right on IMHO. It IS about the kids and the example you set. OK, Gilbert, we're watching.

Still, I'd rather send him packing and move on.

Posted by: zinger1 | February 2, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really in a position to accept or reject his apology, because he didn't do anything to me that needs to be apologized for.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"And while you were so adept at citing other players offseasons regimens, why is it so funny that you are not aware that Haywood has one?

I don't believe for one minute that you don't know or could not research that Haywood has always had one."

Talk is cheap. If it's so easy to find evidence of one, post a link. Otherwise admit you have nothing to back up your claim and shut up.

And remember, I'm not talking about working out to keep in shape, or conditioning. I'm talking about making the effort to reach out to someone to mentor him in skill areas where he clearly needs help. If you've got evidence, present it. Otherwise shut up about it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The ghost writer who penned this apology didn't sound as sincere as the ghost writer who penned Gilbert's blog. The second ghost writer just didn't capture Gilbert's tone as well.

This is like writing an apology for your 12 year old kid to his teacher. If you want to hear what Gilbert sounds like - look at the video: sweet, lovable, goofy, and not tuned into reality in the slightest.

Posted by: thinker11 | February 2, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Attention all of the morons who are piling on Gilbert Arenas:

Please tell me if you also piled on the following Wizards...


Chris Webber-- arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of marijuana and five other traffic-related violations after being pulled over for speeding on the way to practice at the then-MCI Center.


Jerry Stackhouse-- charged with assault in a dispute over a rental contract in which, clearly, Stackhouse was in the wrong.


Howard and Chris Webber-- both accused of sexual assault against a woman.


Rod Strickland--arrested for a DUI, then a second time Strickland was arrested, then a 3rd time he was arrested. Then Strickland was arrested a 4th time for refusing to leave a night club that was being shut down by fire marshals.


Andray Blatche-- was arrested for reckless driving. Then Blatche was arrested for sexual solicitation. As I recall, Abe Pollin and the Wizards offered Blatche a new contract shortly thereafter.

Ah.....the double standards.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Apologize for what!!!!?! He didn't harm nobody but himself. Sure he is sorry. For making a mistake and getting judged by a bunch of hypocrites!!! He ain't apologizing cause that ain't what the fake-ass hypocrites want. He is kissing ass cause THAT is what they really want.

Yes I accept it but it wasn't necessary. He has already proven to be a role model to kids. Just because he is in a high profile position does not mean he is GOD and won't make mistakes.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

sure, i'll believe him.

if it was all about the money he could have fought his current suspension and quite possibly have won. if it was about not taking responsibility he could have fought the charges and maybe won there too. he knows he screwed up, and he's man enough to take his medicine. losing half a season's pay hurts, but it probably hurts him more that he can't play.

whether you like his shot selection or not, he's always been a great member of the community. i hope he stays around.

the buyout talk or trading him for a bag of chips is about as dumb as dreaming that lebron would come here (if he was even leaving cleveland, which he isn't).

Posted by: rm0659 | February 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

BTW, people kill me trying to count someone elses money. How much do you make per year? As a season ticket holder, I hope he stays! How about that???

Posted by: ivyleague | February 2, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

+1

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | February 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The question was not whether or not I believe him, it is whether or not I forgive him, and I said yes. What he did was not that bad first of all. The making light of it in a choreographed dance was arrogant and needed to be addressed. I am neither a Gilbert Arenas nor a Wizard fan, but I think a year long millions of dollar suspension for this is uncontionable by the NBA. If anyone else committed this crime they would receive a fine and community service. Since he did have a previous charge maybe a few months in jail. Why should he be fined 10 million?

As for the question on whethr I believe him, I think he is sincere today, but as a child would be I think him not capable of controlling himself. He acts without thought, or at least not adult thought. I believe this is not the last of him being in the news. I only hope the next time the gun, or car, some other dangerous thing does not go off and hurt himself or someone else ala Paxico Beress or Jason Williams.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | February 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@G-Man11,

Arenas harmed the entire Wizards organization that was counting him to be the face of the franchise, put fannies in the seats and hopefully, help the team secure a playoff seed.

As far as the apology, who cares if he meant it or not. It's nearly impposible to know for sure.

After his sentencing and any possible jail time, most of us would like to see him just do the right thing and do no more self-inflicted harm to himself and the organization.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Its funny how all the pundits was saying get help, get some qualified people for damage control yadda yadda yadda,then when he does, you still find fault. WE ALL KNOW THAT THOSE WORDS WERE PUT TOGETHER BY PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE ! But that's not to say it's not in his heart. You guys love it when you can step on someone that you are envious of. $$$$$

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | February 2, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

No, David Stern harmed the organization by suspending Arenas for the entire season. He could have easily given Arenas a 1 game suspension at the outset of the reports and said he would wait until the court's verdict and sentencing before taking any further action.

Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely because of a photograph of Arenas using air pistols. Think about that for a second, you politically correct goons.

Meanwhile, Delonte West, who toted 3 loaded weapons and a knife while cutting off a police officer in the capital beltway, continues to play for the Cavs.

Yeah, no double standard there. Keep telling yourself what Arenas did was worse.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that lawyers stick something in somone's hand and say, here, go and read this and don't sound too contrite and people actually fall for it? This isn't from Arenas, it's from some suit! Just an attempt at more damage control! I can't wait until this is disbanded and started over. The air just hangs with this stuff!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | February 2, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@Barno1,

Are you saying that Arenas a) did not ask for a suspension for the remainder of the season and b) was not at fault for using air pistols in pre-game warmups?

The double standard is Delonte West is bi-polar and has had enough sense to seek treatment, take his meds and not try to charm his way out of trouble by being quoted saying stupid things and making a joke of what of a serious situation. His day of reckoning is coming (criminally and as far as the league).

No one is making Arenas out to be a bad person, but to say that he only harmed himself is akin to walking around with blinders on, IMO.

Stern has a league (read: a lot of jobs) to protect and he did it since Arenas apparently didn't have the self-awareness to accurately gauge the ramifications of his actions.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes I accept it but it wasn't necessary. He has already proven to be a role model to kids. Just because he is in a high profile position does not mean he is GOD and won't make mistakes.

That's real.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 2, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

eddc: "To me, the Arena op-ed piece is mostly just words."

It's ALL words, right? Like most op-ed pieces.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It was a good start. But just like Mike Vick, Arenas will need to walk the talk for this apology to be fully accepted.

Posted by: shanks1 | February 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"The double standard is Delonte West is bi-polar and has had enough sense to seek treatment, take his meds"

except that West has had on-court incidents with refs etc since it was discovered he was moonlighting as a Zombie Killer. And he IS bipolar....so who'd be surprised if he argued with a ref then showed up with a gun during a game?

yet he is "fit to play in an nba game" while arenas is not?

Posted by: divi3 | February 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@Barno1,

Are you saying that Arenas a) did not ask for a suspension for the remainder of the season and b) was not at fault for using air pistols in pre-game warmups?...

No one is making Arenas out to be a bad person...

Posted by: 2020doc | February 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

2020doc, yes I am saying Arenas didn't ask for the suspension (and Stern indeed clarified reports to the contrary). And I don't think Arenas's air pistols was a big idea whatsoever, I think it's called freedom of speech. And without that conveniently timed photo, perhaps Arenas doesn't get suspended indefinitely.

As for your last point, you are simply not paying much attention if you don't think people are trying to make Arenas out to be a bad person.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I love how so many people are mocking Arenas for not writing the column. Do you also mock President Obama for not writing one word of the State of the Union address? Do you also mock Conan O'Brien for not writing his own jokes? Do you mock every celebrity or person in a position of power who has a ghost-writer??? Or do you just reserve your mockery for someone who has already paid more of a financial price for a victimless crime (upwards of $10,000,000) than any person in the history of this country?

You people who continue to pile on Arenas are so pathetic.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not really in a position to accept or reject his apology, because he didn't do anything to me that needs to be apologized for."

Well, none of us is really in a position to accept or reject his apology (since it's a "political" statement crafted by his attorneys), but obviously Arenas needs to "apologize" in hopes of influencing the judge's sentencing decision. (And let's face it, he admitted to a felony.)

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 2, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"And let's face it, he admitted to a felony."

And since I was not the target or victim of said felony, I have no basis for accepting or rejecting his apology.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"It's ALL words, right? Like most op-ed pieces. "

But wouldn't it be cool of they weren't? I'd like to see someone do an op-ed piece consisting entire of shadow puppet silhouettes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Kalo_rama,

I'm not an every day reader of the Wizards Insider, and definitely don't read all the comments. But as probably the most frequent commenter on this site, I am curious as to your position on the entire Arenas situation.

Thanks.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse


Why all the angst over whether Arenas wrote the article and whether he's truly contrite? He became famous because of basketball. Nothing else.
If he's pulling everyone's leg, so what?
If he goes to prison and never comes out (because he gets in even more trouble while incarcerated), who cares?
He's a grown man and it's his life that he is potentially ruining if he hasn't learned a thing. The organization, fans and concession vendors will all find a way to survive with or without him.

Posted by: and_1 | February 2, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

eddc: "To me, the Arena op-ed piece is mostly just words."

It's ALL words, right? Like most op-ed pieces.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It's supposed to be an apology on top of the words. But I don't necessarily buy that, unless it is backed up by action. In this case, a genuine apology by Gil would be to work sincerely with the Wiz in arriving at an amicable and fair buy-out, where each side gives.

Op-ed pieces can be more than "just words" if the op-ed piece includes an intended action, and then follow-through ensues after publication (for example, when a policy initiative is offered).

Posted by: EdDC | February 2, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The apology read like something that was written by either Arenas's agent or attorney.

Up to a certain point it doesn't really matter. What more can a person say than "I'm sorry?". What more do complete strangers deserve from an entertainer/athlete about a matter that only indirectly impacts them than a simple "I'm sorry"?

The actions are what they are.

Beyond that the only question that really matters is where to go from here. In terms of a business decision: What's best for the franchise?

The best thing that can really be said at this point is that Arenas's words didn't do any harm.

Posted by: JPRS | February 2, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Or do you just reserve your mockery for someone who has already paid more of a financial price for a victimless crime (upwards of $10,000,000) than any person in the history of this country?

You people who continue to pile on Arenas are so pathetic.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 2:07 PM

Spare me. It's nobody's fault but his own. The money he lost is in direct correlation to the money he makes, which should have factored into his foolish decision to BREAK THE LAW and bring four firearms into DC and the VC locker room after, by ALL accounts, a threat-filled argument with Crittenton. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

Posted by: and_1 | February 2, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Please don't compare Arenas to Vick....Arenas made a mistake that didn't harm anyone but himself. As far as I'm concerned...he doesn't owe anyone an apology...he simply used poor judgement!! Let's not forget all the good Arenas has already done in the MD/DC/VA areas with schools...with his donations to schools!! I hope everyone will someday just let the man go forward with his life and stop trying to judge him and make him out to be something that he is truly not...the Wizards as an organization should feel bad for not supporting a player that has clearly done more in this community than any other Wizards/Bullets palyer that I can remember.

Posted by: chicoexcell | February 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I forgive him and I think AP would 2 ,better lesson thought thru forgiveness , those of u who have not made mistakes go on and throw your stones

Posted by: caldwelt | February 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't forgive him for playing no defense whatsoever or for choking at the ends of games. The other stuff may just be a way for the Zards to get lucky and void his bloated contract. Those who think the Bullets' name was changed for social instead of financial reasons are pathetically naive. You couldn't sell a Bullets jersey if you threw in a small automobile. I would have voted for the "Drive-By's" or the "Nukes" as names to replace "Bullets" and if those would have sold you can bet they would have been the pick. If no one wants him now, it's because of his on-court failures, not his off-court foibles.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why everuyone is so upset about Gil and the guns. After all, we all know he can't shoot worth a durn this season. Especially at the end of the quarter.

Posted by: Blurred | February 2, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

To those who think playing with guns is a harmless joke or prank AND to those who think using guns to settle a dispute is no big deal:

When you have been to memorial services for kids gunned down over drugs or over some dispute that got out of hand, then the felony does not seem so harmless or victimless. I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: EdDC | February 2, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

some body is telling us that West was not suspended by Stern due to his health (bipolar)issue?
You mean David Stern has received a Doctors notice about that?
Please do not blind yourself.Stern knows that he suspend Arenas as a knee jerk reaction. He probably did not remember about D.West. He probably think that west is already suspended.What is the diffrence between the dictator Sadam Hussen and the imoral david Stern? is it the fact Bush did not run after him? Atleast Stern did not make us pay our tax money for a useless action,he make sure to put the mistake on the immature arenas to go out in public and say things that improve Stern's image.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that Gilbert has written about his regrets and failures. That was the easy part. Now he has to change. That'll be the hard part. That's what we're all waiting to see. I want him to change and succeed. But Gil needs a mentor...a strong mentor who can say this is right and this is wrong...and he'll choose listen to him. Michael Vick chose Tony Dungy and some others. Gilbert would be wise to follow or he'll never mature into the role model he believes he must be.

Posted by: dick3 | February 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Arenas, like most NBA THUGS could not string together a coherent and meaningful statement if Javaris Crittendon put a gun to their heads. Do you honestly think GA wrote, much less thought these meaningless words of contrition? As someone alluded to above, Arenas is in full damage control with the usual "Image Remakers" that work on political campaigns after another sleazy politician is caught with their pants down.

This is about money and ego, period.

Gilbert Arenas sincere and contrite? No, he is not. Gilbert Arenas has not a sincere bone in his body. If he did, we would know it, just like little kids and dogs know it. They trust their instincts.

I am afraid that we as Adults, do not.

Why do I care to comment? I comment for the same reason's you do. I want to be heard. I want all of us to stop the charade of political correctness and speak their minds, however it may hurt our feelings.

At what point do ALL OF US start accepting resonsibility for our actions? At what point do we screw up, admit it from our heart and soul and then do something about it besides these engineered apologies?

I used to love following the NBA. I no longer do. The NBA is all that is wrong with our Society as it is today. The rap and hip hop culture is as spiritually empty as Arenas's manufactured words.

Posted by: jshavatt | February 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Arenas finally did what he should have done in the beginning and hired someone to speak on his behalf, because he surely didn't write this.

Posted by: loved1 | February 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

No, of course, i don't except it. An apology is personal. This is clearly handler-speak, written by someone else, with speech idioms that he has probably never used in his life.

I would want to see something he wrote. Perhaps he's a good writer, but I would expect something much less...measured. But at least it would be personal.

An apology is a hand-written note, not something produced by handlers on a computer.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | February 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I made some harsh comments about Gil and his situation. I stand behind what I said because he does have a responsibility to this community, as do all public figures. He doesn't have to raise anyones kids but he SHOULD be a good role model. Along those same lines, we - as fans - SHOULD support him.

It's kind of an interesting proposition. If you aren't a good role model then we won't support your team because it's supporting you...which we would not want to do if you are not being a role model. And no one is asking you to be an angel, just don't break the law. Its not too big a request, coming from a guy with a lot less $$$ and no jail time or arrests. Lord knows I've had my fun.

So no, you don't have to be a role model...but the broad base of fans support is contingent upon that. And your paycheck is contingent upon the support. So if you want the $$$ and the perks, you kind of have to play by the rules. Not saying its wrong or right...but it is what it is. And if you clean up your act and stand behind your op-ed with concrete action, my maybe vote will turn back to a yes.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | February 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Isn't everyone sick of people badly screwing off and then getting absolution with a weepy "I'm sorry, boo hoo hoo" ?
Let him take his act and team altering salary and infect some other team.
Good Riddance!!!

Posted by: pd2710 | February 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"And while you were so adept at citing other players offseasons regimens, why is it so funny that you are not aware that Haywood has one?

I don't believe for one minute that you don't know or could not research that Haywood has always had one."

Talk is cheap. If it's so easy to find evidence of one, post a link. Otherwise admit you have nothing to back up your claim and shut up.

And remember, I'm not talking about working out to keep in shape, or conditioning. I'm talking about making the effort to reach out to someone to mentor him in skill areas where he clearly needs help. If you've got evidence, present it. Otherwise shut up about it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010
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http://brendanhaywood.yardbarker.com/blog/BrendanHaywood/I_Just_Want_to_be_Successful/1092727

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 2, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone is not familar with Brendan's basketball trainer.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123846194302172029.html

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I wish Gilby the best and hope that he can pick up the pieces and move on with life, but with regard to the sincerity of his apology, I guess it's easier to be sorry after you've been dealt the punishment, and easier to apologize when you have paid advisers telling you what you need to do.

It's not unexpected, and I'm sure it'll be brought up by his lawyers during his sentencing hearing about how sorry he is, what he's done to try to atone, and how he's a changed person.

It's predictable, but again, I hope he moves on and gets his act together.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone is not familar with Brendan's basketball trainer.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123846194302172029.html

Posted by: anacostia85


"dan Ravin, a soft-spoken, intensely private 38-year-old former lawyer from New York with no formal basketball playing or coaching experience"

that explains Brendon's inside game

Posted by: divi3 | February 2, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I have yet to be convinced the Dude can actually read this apology, let alone write it. Sounds like his agents/lawyers have hired another PR flack for him.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 3, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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