Once in a while, someone else’s article catches my eye. Sometimes, it’s because the article is so spot-on I wish I’d written it myself. Other times, it’s because the article enlightens me with something I never knew. Still other times, it’s because I disagree with whatever’s written. No matter what the reason, I dish it off to another writer to make his/her point. You know, throwing some dimes.
Posts tagged: Gilbert Arenas
What Gilbert Arenas did was undeniably stupid, and deserved a year-long suspension. Yes, a whole year.
So far he has been suspended indefinitely without pay. That is a pretty big punishment depending on the length of the suspension. It could be very serious, a whole year even, or it could just be a month, in which case, that would be a horrible decision by David Stern. Michael Vick was suspended for two years for killing dogs, yet a threat to killing a Person (yes a real human-being) might just be a month. But quite honestly, even if the league suspends Gilbert for a month, I think that his punishment would be completely an injustice.
Even though I believe Arenas should normally deserve a year-long suspension, suspending him would be an injustice because David Stern is being unfair. Arenas’ teammate, Javaris Crittenton, also pulled a gun on him. Just because no one really knows Crittenton and he’s not joking about the incident, he is not getting suspended. But he wielded a gun in team facilities as well. He was involved in the incident as much as Gilbert and hasn’t gotten any punishment. That is absolutely a disgrace. How can someone pull a gun on a teammate and not even get in trouble with the NBA? Before anyone knew that Gilbert had pointed a gun at Javaris, they said he should be suspended just for bringing it into team premises. Now, Javaris has not been punished, even though he pulled a gun on his teammate. That is just unlawful.
Javaris is not the only one in the NBA getting away with weapons involved. Earlier this year, Delonte West was caught driving his motorcycle, holding multiple, loaded guns, probably with the intent to kill or harm somebody. How can someone get caught driving with loaded guns and not be in trouble with the NBA?
Look at Stephen Jackson he pulled out a gun and fired at a nightclub and was given just 7 games. The only reason why Gilbert is getting this much attention is because he is a very well-known player and he’s joking about the incident. Give me a break, Stern.
Reading Gilbert Arenas’s blog at NBA.com and seeing him having fun on the court, screaming Hibatchi after every made bucket, I always got the idea that he was a good guy. Maybe a little strange and a little goofy… but, always, I figured he was just a happy-go-lucky, generally fun-loving guy.
And maybe he is. But he’s also an injury-prone, ball-hogging, gun-toting basketball player who may or may not have brandished his gun during a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton.
An NBA investigation into Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas’(notes) possession of guns inside the team’s locker room has been linked to a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton(notes), multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The league’s ongoing probe hopes to determine whether Arenas had accessed any of his unloaded firearms while engaged in the dispute prior to a team practice at the Verizon Center on Dec. 21 in Washington. Tensions between Arenas and Crittenton escalated because of a festering disagreement between the two players, sources said.
If their argument had resulted in a shootout, my money would have been on Gilbert… Javaris Crittenton isn’t exactly the sharpest shooter around.
UPDATE: From the New York Post:
The duel in DC — unprecedented in sports history — was sparked when Crittenton became enraged at the vet eran guard for refusing to make good on a gambling debt, a source said.
“I’m not your punk!” Crittenton shouted at Arenas, according to a league source close to the Wizards.
That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources said.
A playground pal of Crittenton’s from Atlanta, Kendrick “Bookie Ball” Long, confirmed the locker-room standoff and said he learned of it directly from the third-year player out of Georgia Tech.
“He [Arenas] was f- – -ing with him; he [Crittenton] was just defending himself!” declared Long, who said the dispute was over money but would not elaborate.