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The Persecution of Gilbert Arenas: How gun prohibitionists and an image-conscious NBA scapegoated...
| August-September 2010 issue
| Daniel Wattenberg
Posted on 08/04/2010 2:06:44 PM PDT by neverdem
How gun prohibitionists and an image-conscious NBA scapegoated a basketball star
On December 19, 2009, NBA star Gilbert Arenas and fellow Washington Wizards player Javaris Crittenton got into a heated argument over a card game, exchanging violent threats. (Arenas maintains that his were made in jest.) After Crittenton challenged him to a fistfight, Arenas told his younger teammate he was too old to fight him, but hed burn his SUV or shoot him in the face instead. Crittenton answered that hed shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee.
Two days later, before practice at Washington, D.C.s Verizon Center, Arenas placed four unloaded handguns on the chair in front of Crittentons cubicle in the teams locker room with a note that read, PICK 1.
You said you were going to shoot me, Arenas reminded Crittenton. So pick one. Crittenton then flung one of the tendered guns across the floor and withdrew from his backpack one of his own (whether it was loaded is unclear), which he displayed for Arenas, holding it below his waist and pointed downward, according to the governments proffer of facts. Any tension quickly dissipated, and soon the two were bantering together in the Jacuzzi.
Thats what Arenas did. Here are some things he did not do:
fire a gun;
own illegal firearms;
bring a loaded gun into D.C. or the Wizards locker room, let alone brandish one in a threatening manner. He didnt even own any ammunition for the weapons in question.
On January 15, 2010, Arenas pled guilty to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail. On March 26, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin sentenced the...
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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: arenas; athletes; banglist; dc; gilbertarenas; heller; nba
posted on 08/04/2010 2:06:48 PM PDT
what? youcannot bring weapons to stadium,you should not joke about it afterwards and you should not post this under news.
posted on 08/04/2010 2:11:45 PM PDT
(I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
He brandished a weapon.
He also spit in the face of the Commish by posing for pictures with his fingers in a gun-shape right after being reprimanded.
He’s an idiot, and had it coming.
posted on 08/04/2010 2:26:36 PM PDT
("Shut it down" ... 00:00:03 ... 00:00:02 ... 00:00:01 ... 00:00:00.)
Other than Manute Bol, in recent years the NBA has been nothing more than a showcase for athletically gifted, but morally bankrupt thugs.
And I look at it in more simplistic terms - if they weren’t getting huge salaries from their respective teams, what would they be doing for a living (with no real education to speak of)?
My guess is - nothing, except taking up space in the local county lockup.
posted on 08/04/2010 2:46:55 PM PDT
(In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
Stupid, yes. Felonies, no.
posted on 08/05/2010 5:43:46 PM PDT
(First Do No Harm)
To: neverdem; muawiyah
It’s even worse because Agent Zero is a shooter. In other words, his whole mindset is not to be deterred by any circumstance from doing what he needs to do, which is, generally, to shoot the ball. His four-firearm prank I will not try to defend, but a healthy ego is absolutely required to play his position well.
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