David Stern Lives Up to Surname in Suspending Gilbert Arenas Indefinitely

January 6th, 2010 by Matt Petersen Leave a reply »
You can say this much for David Stern. He doesn't need a nickname to live up to. His own will do just fine.

Stern responded decisively to Gilbert Arenas' less-than-subtle revealing of firearms in an NBA locker room (that of the former Washington Bullets, no less) —an indefinite suspension, with Stern alluding to "perhaps worse" to come.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Stern suspended Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire from a Game Five playoff game for merely leaving the bench. He felt justified in suspending Ron Artest for the rest of the 2004-05 season for wielding fists in the arena. It's no surprise the commish would view the wielding of guns in an NBA arena as exponentially worse.

In truth, how can the punishment, even unfinalized as it is, be criticized? In any workplace, would you want a coworker to bust out a gun in the break room?

Arenas chose the wrong way and wrong setting to be a volume shooter. Unfortunately for Agent Zero, he forgot Stern has zero tolerance for any acts of immaturity or hostility.

Sometimes that zero-tolerance policy can be carried too far. Flagrant fouls and suspensions issued for adrena ...

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