NBA’s Culture of Gambling Feeds Guns and Violence

January 6th, 2010 by Teddy Mitrosilis Leave a reply »

Don’t get twisted, Mr. Stern. The two are unequivocally related.

I’m not going to hold Gilbert Arenas over a bonfire and act like he is the poster child of guns, violence and warped behavior in the NBA.

By now you are aware of Arenas’ mess, so I’ll spare you all the details. The rumors that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other appear to be false;  however, the reports that Arenas brought unloaded firearms into the Washington Wizards’ locker room and set them out on a chair for Crittenton to see are true.

No, I am not letting Arenas off the hook.

What he did was so incredibly stupid and unfathomable for a guy who signed a contract worth more than $100 million, is supposed to be the face of a franchise, and has more to lose than most people in the world.

Arenas’ subsequent one-liners, jokes and pre-game mock of the situation Tuesday suggest he isn’t taking this issue seriously enough. Of course, he said all the right things in his statements, but really, it’s ...

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