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Gilbert Arenas loses his mother

Gilbert Arenas already faces a difficult week ahead, with his sentencing for felony gun possession set for Friday. But Arenas's troubles were magnified recently, when he discovered that his estranged mother, Mary Francis Robinson, died in Miami.

Robinson passed away on March 13, but Arenas didn't find out until a few days later, according to multiple sources. The cause of her death is not known.

Arenas wasn't close to his mother, who abandoned him at young age and left him to be raised by his father, Gilbert Sr., from the time that he was 3. Arenas met his mother only once in the past 25 years. In his second season with the Golden State Warriors, Robinson approached him after a game in Miami. Although he has not been in communication with Robinson, Arenas paid for her funeral expenses.

Arenas is said to be distraught over her death. Arenas said he never held any animosity toward his mother, but his one encounter is believed to have traumatized him. Arenas always said that he planned on reconnecting with Robinson after his playing days were over. He never got the chance.

By Michael Lee  |  March 22, 2010; 8:54 AM ET
 
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Oh wow, that's awful. My condolences to the entire Arenas family.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 22, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

That is really too bad. It is bad enough to lose someone close to you. Bu to lose someone with whom you hoped to one day be able to reconcile and then not get that chance is really hard. I hope he finds someone he can talk with this about because mentally, it can mess you up. I send out my condoleneces to Gilbert and hope that some how he can find peace with this situation because as one who has lost both parents, it is never easy. May God Bless Gil.

Posted by: ivyleague | March 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

When it rain's it pours, it's a shame he never got the opportunity to try to reconnect. I never got the chance to have a relationship with my grandparents because of some kind of beef with my parents. That bothers me to this day. I'm a father now that will never happen to my kids.

Posted by: wiz313 | March 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

This is by far the toughest year for Gilbert Arenas. How much can a man take? There was the Shaq rumors with his wife, the knee surgeries and criticism, the suspension and now this. I feel for this guy

Posted by: jefferu | March 22, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

A sad litany and a lesson about life and living - never put off 'till tomorrow what you can do today. Sorry I missed the article four years ago. Might have colored my perspective about ARENAS over the years since. I hope GILBERT finds his way in this life. I'm not a devout soul, but I hope the divine spirit of all our making favors the rest of his life with some sunshine. He certainly has had adversity.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Gilbert.

Posted by: Dellis2 | March 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

GOD BLESS YOU GILBERT! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP! I LOST MY MOM LAST YEAR AND IT IS A TOUGH THING TO GO THROUGH! MUCH LOVE BROTHER!

Posted by: 50midgets | March 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

To last night's game. MIKE MILLER didn't play the fourth because IMO early in the game, he refused to take shots and attack the rim. The offense was obviously geared through him in the second quarter when KOBE went crazy on everybody in a WIZARDS uni.

But back to MILLER. He passed time and again to teammates in poor offensive positions when he was the obvious choice to run the offense, and had the best shots available to the club. The LAKERS play defense, and MIKE appears very reluctant to take any shots when he's heavily defended.

He won't be on this club next fall in my opinion.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 22, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

And I liked what I saw fron JAMES SINGLETON. He is obviously taken over OBERTO's role on the club. He should be signed ASAP. FABRICIO will not be back with this club next fall.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 22, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

NY would have played 7mins last night if Miller hadnt hurt himself in the 3rdQ. Maybe Miller was ok to play, but is a cool guy who told Flip he had to sit so that NY could get some burn in front of friends and fam

Posted by: divi3 | March 22, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Praying for you Gil. I understand the hurt. Sorry you did not get another opportunity. Life is short with no time to waste. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Live each day to the fullest with thanks.

(Mike Lee...please share these positive thoughts with Gil if possible)

Peace

Posted by: Stevie-J | March 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Dear Gilbert,

A friend once told me that "God never puts more burdens on you than you can handle."

I often ponder that thought when I'm dealing with tough times.

My prayer for you is that these times you face now, are the darkness just before your dawn.

I lost my Mother at about your age. Whether you had a relationship or not, she is still the one that brought you into the world.

Mourn her, and know you are in the prayers of many.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This is just so sad. Hang in there Gilbert. I'll light a candle for you and your Mom.

Posted by: arnittalawson | March 22, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

too sad for Gil. I've been thinking lately that I hope he comes back healthy and ready next season. He has a lot to prove and can be a strong asset for this (or any other) team.

I hope he is able to get his head cleared for his own sake, whether he every gets on another nBA court or not. I hope he gets to do what makes him happy and ihope that is ball hard for the Wizards.

Good luck Gil.

Posted by: Blurred | March 22, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to hear of your loss Gilbert. I know your pain as I lost my mom as well. Hang in there Big Guy and remember, the sun will shine again. God bless you and yours.

Posted by: carterm1 | March 22, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

divi3, thank you for putting my words into layman's terms

Posted by: admir81 | March 22, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

His mom left him since her decision was influenced by drugs. It is very diffcult to juge her intent to come to him.Most definately like any other mothers she was disturbed by her act and was looking for a second chance but she did not get it.From the way he said Arenas looked only one side of her possible decision. He felt that she was looking after his fame.He lost a major portion of the possiblity of maternal instinict pulling her back to him.He is also a parent he was supposed to see the other diamention.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 22, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

My sympathy on your loss, Gilbert. Your mother is your mother -- good or bad -- and in losing your mother, you've lost a part of yourself.

We don't know Gilbert; we don't know his mother. How can anyone here presuppose how Gilbert or his mother thought or felt when they made the choices they made? Gilbert's mother, and Gilbert too, made decisions based upon THEIR greatest needs at the time those choices were made. They lived with their decisions and then with their consequences. How dare we judge either of them? When did we become so arrogant, cynical, and insensitive?

Somewhere during this macabre season, we've dehumanized Gilbert. So sad for him; sadder still for us.

Posted by: Fief1 | March 22, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

2010 is a really tough year for Gil. I just hope all of this will make him a stronger man and he comes back with a renewed purpose for the Wiz. Hang in there, Gil!!!

Posted by: ericroks | March 22, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

How dare we judge either of them? When did we become so arrogant, cynical, and insensitive?

Somewhere during this macabre season, we've dehumanized Gilbert. So sad for him; sadder still for us.


Posted by: Fief1 | March 22, 2010 2:06 PM


Agree 100% Fief1!

We really have dehumanized Gilbert and made him out to be public enemy #1. I believe he has a good heart but is severely undeveloped from a maturity stand point.

They say that when a child is traumatized, he/she locks into that age on some level, maybe Gil is still a child emotionally?

Posted by: zxhoya | March 22, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

my question is this. Are we hating Gilbert because he hasn't delivered a title to the district? If that's the case, i hate C-Webb, Juwan, AJ, Caron, Juan Dixon, Kwame, Tim Legler, Gugliotta, Rod Strickland, and the list goes on.


Its funny how critics look at the Wiz and say, "we expected so much more from them this year". But before Gil, this would've been just another wasted season. People tend to forget that before Gil, WE WERE NOTHING!!! He brought credability to this franchise! I'm a fan of the Washington Bullets/Wizards. If he's on the team, i'm rooting for him. If he's not, he gets booed like every other team that comes to town. Plain and simple.

Posted by: CBell29 | March 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

my question is this. Are we hating Gilbert because he hasn't delivered a title to the district? If that's the case, i hate C-Webb, Juwan, AJ, Caron, Juan Dixon, Kwame, Tim Legler, Gugliotta, Rod Strickland, and the list goes on.

Or are we just hating people that make very good money and have the audacity to be themselves.

It sucks that teachers police officers and firefighters,etc... don't make the most money in our society but no one buys season tickets at thousands of dollars to see them do their jobs. We will pay incredible amounts of money to be entertained. So in turn a lot of people resent those who are fortunate enough to capitalize on that. Being THAT jealous of anyone is characteristic of a weak and insecure person.

People develop stong hatreds for these athletes over quotes that they don't approve of! Or really because they don't have the same limits in life most of live by!

Funny how we NEVER NEVER NEVER hear these people spitting that hate in person. Only on these blogs.

"THERAPY FOR COWARDS"

Posted by: millineumman | March 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

God be with you Gilbert.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | March 22, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Sucks to be Gil this year.

Sorry dude. :(

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Regardless what cause seperation, a mothers love is a mothers love, nothing like it. My condolences Mr. Arenas,

Posted by: manattphelps | March 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@RIP21ATRUEMAN
Gilbert's father was called as a last resort, because the state was going to take Gilbert Jr. If you never been addicted to drugs then u dont know what its like to try to break the habit.

Posted by: DCLIVE1 | March 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@RIP21ATRUEMAN
Gilbert's father was called as a last resort, because the state was going to take Gilbert Jr. If you never been addicted to drugs then u dont know what its like to try to break the habit.

Posted by: DCLIVE1 | March 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Gil ever did wrong in this town was to get hurt.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

DCLIVE1:

If your going to make the choice to do drugs, which could result in getting addicted to drugs... Then don't have children. I am not saying that addiction is not a difficult thing or that it is easy to kick it. But children do not ask to come into this world. My point is if you bring a child into this world, then its time to straighten up and raise your child the right way.

Posted by: RIP21ATRUEMAN | March 22, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Gil, my prayers and sympathy is with you.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 22, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow! A lot of harsh comments! I hope those of you who make judgments without knowing anything are walking the straight and narrow in you own lives. I like Gilbert and I hope he has the strenght and support to get through these rough times.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

What a story. A story of life, tragic, of hope, belief in oneself, sadness, and hard consequence for bad decisions and cruel fate for perceived good ones.

After reading that, I can't see how anyone could take the insensitive route.

Stand tall fellow bloggers, and most of you are and truly understand why.

Respects to the Arenas Family.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

@RIP21: Easier said than done.
Millions on top of millions of Americans have an addiction problem. Food, drugs, alcohol, etc. It's so hard, even when u have children to fight that monkey without help

Posted by: zxhoya | March 22, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

@RIP21: Easier said than done.
Millions on top of millions of Americans have an addiction problem. Food, drugs, alcohol, etc. It's so hard, even when u have children to fight that monkey without help

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Posted by: linjianying | March 22, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there Gilbert. Be strong! Peace!

Posted by: gordonbundy | March 22, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Everyday we are given reminders that we all have unfinished business with the people in our. His mother had horrible demons she had to face, and failed him.

But a son always loves his mother, and vice versa. Tomorrow is never a given, and in the end it is in our best interest to find the time and love to forgive each other.

Posted by: steelneil | March 22, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert, you have my deepest sympathy and will be praying that all goes well later this week. Be great to see you back next year.

Posted by: washwiz | March 22, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Gil,
I haven't agreed with a lot of things that you have done this year (professionally speaking) but I do want to offer my condolences and prayers for you and your loss. Sports ignite a lot of passion in people and with that passion we sometimes forget that even though you young men are generously compensated for playing pro sports...you are human and life happens to you just like it happens to the average "joes". One thing I have tried to remember Gil as I navigate this adventure called life...tomorrow is not promised to any of us...no matter how much fame, fortune or power we have. God is still in control...He always was Gil and always will be...God bless and keep you young man.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | March 23, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

".......[before]Gil, WE WERE NOTHING!!! He brought credability to this franchise!"......

I'm not sure that's true except in D.C. Around the league, CHARLES BARKLEY's scathing comments on national t.v. about the WIZARDS are more the team's mantra I believe.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Time to move on LEE. New article please. This one's getting stale.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Wow! A lot of harsh comments! I hope those of you who make judgments without knowing anything are walking the straight and narrow in you own lives. I like Gilbert and I hope he has the strenght and support to get through these rough times.

Posted by: bobilly2

If they were walking the straight and narrow path, they would know better to do what they do

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 23, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: admir81 | March 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ronniecope106
Gil,
I haven't agreed with a lot of things that you have done this year (professionally speaking) but I do want to offer my condolences and prayers for you and your loss.

What loss? He didn't even give a minute of time for his own Mother. What a waste of oxygen this guy is. Dump him even if you have to eat his contract.

Posted by: hessone | March 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

What loss? He didn't even give a minute of time for his own Mother. What a waste of oxygen this guy is. Dump him even if you have to eat his contract.

Posted by: hessone | March 23, 2010 8:53 AM

Once again, people are making a judgment without knowing the whole story. You may want to familiarize yourself with the story before making sensless assumptions.
I doubt you would be ok with your mother leaving you in a crack house.

Posted by: admir81 | March 23, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Time to move on LEE. New article please. This one's getting stale.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Time to move on LEE. New article please. This one's getting stale.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Goelez | March 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame Arenas didn't take advantage of the opportunity to connect with his mother while he had the chance. He will go through unavoidable pain behind his decision not to reconcile with her for a long time to come. And it will affect him in deep and lasting ways. He's got to be even stronger than he ever thought he could be. The challenges he has faced this year are things that force boys to be men.

Posted by: shelley514 | March 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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