Monday, February 1, 2010

Give it a rest, Gilbert

If you had it in your mind that you were some kind of a role model, why would you own hundreds of guns and then brandish one in the locker room?
Suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas's biggest regret about the locker room gun showdown and its aftermath is how he let down children.

In an op-ed piece posted on the Washington Post's Web site Monday afternoon, Arenas wrote:

I am trying hard to right my wrongs. The one that will be hardest to make right is the effect my actions have had on kids who see NBA players as role models.

In the op-ed, a step toward reshaping his public image, Arenas expressed remorse and wrote about the importance of gun responsibility.

I understand the importance of teaching nonviolence to kids in today's world. Guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters -- a lesson that's been brought home to me over the past few weeks.

Arenas said he acknowledged his mistakes in a letter to D.C. Public Schools students last week.

He pledged to help spread the word about the importance of nonviolence.

That's all well and good. Now, demonstrate through your actions that this isn't a joke, or a stunt, or something your lawyer told you to write.

Really, it's not that hard. Just do the right thing from now on. Preferably, far from where I live, though. I have no problem with Gilbert Arenas the man, or the basketball player. I have a problem with Gilbert Arenas the reckless owner of hundreds of guns.

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