Gilbert Arenas a Bad Guy?: It’s Hard to Imagine

January 7th, 2010 by Peter Cady Leave a reply »

In the grand scheme of things, what Gilbert Arenas is accused of doing is not the worst thing in the history of mankind, nor the NBA.

He kept guns in his own locker at the Verizon Center, and allegedly left four of them in teammate Javaris Crittenton’s locker with a note reading “Pick one,” before Crittenton loaded a gun of his own and had a brief exchange with the All Star guard.

Arenas then found humor in the situation through comments on his Twitter page and by pretending to shoot his fellow Wizards in the moments proceeding their game against Philadelphia on Tuesday.

He did not actually fire a weapon (see Stephen Jackson), nor kill a fellow human being with one (see Jayson Williams).

Because of that, it is tough for me to get riled up about the incident like some sports writers have, or politicize it like Al Sharpton has done.

To say that Arenas is insensitive towards families in the Washington D.C. area that have been affected by gun violence, or that it is unacceptable to ever joke about ...

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