Showing posts with label Guns. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guns. Show all posts

Thursday, March 30, 2017

No Guns at Arkansas Football Games

Somewhere, someone is sad but I'm now following Wally Hall because, well, why the hell not?

Arkansas fans, leave your guns at home. You're not allowed to take them to football games (seems like someone always forgets, right?)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Why Did They Turn in Their Guns?

The NFL is on Google+

Am I correct in saying that if the NFL did not have a problem, seven frightened young men would not have given up their weapons to officials with their respective teams?

The NFL has numerous problems which mirror society. Guns, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, and stupidity are all the ones we've seen in the last several weeks. I don't think much will change, but I do think it is irresponsible not to keep talking about guns and how guns in the hands of young men who have a lot of money and young families should be dealt with in much the same way that the NFL deals with their financial matters--with mandatory counseling.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gilbert Has to Serve His Time

Maybe it's me, but I don't think three months in jail is enough for Gilbert Arenas:
When Gilbert Arenas appeared at a charity event a few weeks ago, no amount of smiles and hugs could hide the underlying tension surrounding the next big date on his calendar.

"So that's what everybody's waiting for," Arenas said. "March 26, huh?"

The fateful date has arrived.

The Washington Wizards three-time All-Star point guard will be sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court on one felony count of violating the District of Columbia's strict gun laws. Judge Robert E. Morin will decide whether Arenas does jail time or gets probation.

The prosecution and defense teams stated their cases earlier this week in voluminous filings. It's all far beyond anything Arenas imagined on that December morning when he says he brought four guns to the locker room to play a prank on a teammate.

Prosecutors want Arenas to go to jail for at least three months. They point out that he lied repeatedly about why the guns were in the locker room, that he tried to cover up what happened, that he displayed a cavalier attitude about the whole affair, that he knew bringing guns into D.C. was illegal, and that he has a prior gun conviction.

What kind of message does that send to other players? I would have expected at least a year in jail, Washington D.C. being what it is, which is a playground for illegal weapons and home to a lot of gun violence. I don't think Arenas should be allowed to play in the NBA ever again. I think some mistakes bring with them some measure of forgiveness, but four guns in the locker room and then the lies that went with them? Sorry, that's a level of poor judgement which goes beyond the privilege of playing professional sports.

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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Michael Wilbon's Argument Collapses

This seems passionate enough, and I can certainly find myself in agreement with Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post more often than not, but I think that when he tries to make this case:
We've gone too far now, the way we always go too far these days. We've made Gilbert Arenas Public Enemy No. 1, which is absurd. Look, Arenas has, by himself, brought about the trouble he's in. And in short time it could be deemed criminal behavior, having those guns in the District of Columbia.

Still, is Arenas so evil that all the merchandise bearing his name and number has to be pulled from Verizon Center? And from the NBA Store in New York? And from, where you couldn't even customize a jersey and have Arenas's name on it? Is what he did so heinous his likeness has to be scrubbed off of every building in downtown Washington, like he's Al Capone?

I'm not about to back away from my earlier position, that if I ran the Wizards I'd try to have the remainder of his $111 million contract voided, and that I understand the league-ordered suspension for that ridiculous pregame pantomime in Philadelphia of firing pistols and his overall cavalier attitude about the offense. But don't tell me we have to go as far as Sethi saying in "The Ten Commandments": "Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet. Stricken from every pylon and obelisk of Egypt. Let the name of Moses be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of man, for all time."

Is that really what we want to do with Gilbert Arenas, which is the direction in which the ridicule seems to be taking us?

Having those guns in his locker is inexcusable and apparently unlawful, and Arenas may have to pay dearly for it. But is it the worst thing we've ever heard? Please. It isn't close. I looked up some, let's say, transgressions today of some recent NBA players. And while a stupid act can't be justified by a doubly stupid act, we still need some perspective when judging these things. I passed right over all the "possession of a firearm" charges against various players over the years, figuring they weren't fired in the actual locker room.

It falls flat because of this fact:
As a grand jury continues to hear the details of the gun incident involving Gilbert Arenas, WTOP has learned the Washington Wizards' star has -- at times -- owned several hundred guns.

Multiple sources tell WTOP that Arenas moved those weapons out of his Virginia home within the past year, long before the incident at the Verizon Center.

By all accounts, the guns in Arenas' collection were legally owned, yet it's unclear how many he actually owned or still owns.

Arenas has told investigators and the NBA about the collection, sources say.

Arenas said he brought four guns to the Verizon Center because he wanted them out of his house after his daughter was born. But two officials within the league who have been briefed on the investigation have said he incident stemmed from a dispute over card-playing gambling debts and a heated discussion in the locker room with teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Arenas said in a statement on Jan. 4 that he took unloaded guns from his locker in a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate.

The guns turned over to police include a so-called 'Dirty Harry Revolver' and a gold-plated Desert Eagle -- which is so big and has such a powerful recoil -- no law enforcement agency uses them.

Now, you can defend the young man, and claim that he should be given a second chance, but, for right now, no.

As in, no, you don't get to play basketball. I'm sorry, but there are things that are way more important than sports at this point. There's a mental health issue here, a maturity issue, and a public safety issue.

To those who might say, well, he didn't shoot anyone.

Yes, but he owned hundreds of guns.


Where are they? Because I don't know about you, but if you own hundreds of guns, and you can't find anywhere to put them, so you bring them to the locker room, you have judgement issues well beyond anything a professional basketball franchise is going to be able to assist you with. They don't have gun wrangling flunkies in track suits, ready to help you out in the locker room (and if they do, wow, what a country).

It sort of makes the case that Gilbert Arenas has issues that playing basketball isn't going to help him solve when you can point to a fetish for guns and an inability to handle them responsibly.

Is there anything wrong with owning hundreds of guns? No. Of course not. But, being an immature young man who poops in shoes and sticks a gun in someones face is a problem, especially when he jokes about it later and treats it as if it's just another episode of the Gilbert Arenas show.

This is not what you want a young man with 111 million dollars doing in your community, it really isn't.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Banned For Five Years?

I can't quite make the leap to a "lifetime ban" for Gilbert Arenas, and I can't quite accept a "rest of this season" or a one year ban. I think five years would suffice:
Gilbert Arenas' suspension came as new details emerged about the locker-room confrontation between Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, a Wizards teammate, on Dec. 21 that suggest a potentially far more volatile incident than was originally reported by Arenas to team officials. The two players had been arguing during a card game on the Wizards' flight back from Phoenix Dec. 19, and the dispute spilled into the team locker room at Verizon Center before practice two days later. Arenas has acknowledged bringing his handguns to the arena and displaying them in the locker room that morning in what he maintained was a playful gesture aimed at his teammate. According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, Crittenton responded to Arenas's action -- which included laying the four unloaded weapons in Crittenton's cubicle with a note that read, "Pick One" -- by brandishing his own firearm, loading the gun and chambering a round.

Crittenton should get a lifetime ban, starting right now. Arenas should face a similar penalty, and probably just get the same thing. Crittenton being a bit player and Arenas being a hundred million dollar player really shouldn't matter, but, in reality, it does matter. It matters to the franchise. I think that the NBA should void the contract Arenas is playing under, remove him from the league for an extended period, and review his case. I think the act of actually chambering a round indicates an escalation on the part of Crittenton that demonstrates criminal intent. Yes, you can argue that Arenas also had some sort of criminal intent to intimidate. Leaving four guns out like that is intimidation. The old joke about how it isn't armed robbery if the gun isn't loaded doesn't apply here--both players are head cases with severe problems. I just can't quite bring myself to make them equals, though.

Crittenton should never suit up again. Arenas should be given a second chance only if he can demonstrate substantive change in his lifestyle and attitude.
The NBA did try to hide the photo you see above--why? Wouldn't the existence of this photo serve as evidence that Arenas should legitimately be suspended and his contract should be voided? Or is the Public Relations fallout just too negative?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wizards and Gun Play

Arenas, Left and Crittenton, Right

No, this is not about magical wizards and spells. It's about the pathetic and ridiculous state of the Washintgon Wizards and the new wannabe bad boy in the NBA, Gilbert Arenas. Arenas is starting to make Ron Artest look like David Robinson.

Specifically, the New York Post is running a sensational story about two NBA players and a confrontation that involved guns over a gambling debt:

Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other during a Christmas Eve locker room argument over a gambling debt, according to The New York Post.

Citing an anonymous source, the newspaper reports in Friday's edition that the standoff was sparked when Crittenton became angry at Arenas for refusing to make good on a gambling debt. That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then also grabbed for a gun, league security sources tell the Post.

Asked by the Post about the confrontation, Arenas denied pulling a gun on Crittenton.

"This is unprecedented in the history of sports," Billy Hunter, executive director of the Player's Association, tells the Post. "I've never heard of players pulling guns on each other in a locker room."

The Wizards said on the night of Dec. 24 that Arenas had stored unloaded firearms in a container in his locker at the arena and that the NBA was looking into the situation. On Tuesday, Washington, D.C. police said they were investigating a report that weapons were found inside a locker room at the Verizon Center.

Now, the federal government is also involved. Ben Friedman, a spokesman for the US Attorney's Office in DC, tells the Post "we're working with the Metropolitan Police Department on the investigation."

After the shock sets in, you have to ask yourself--did they aim the guns at each other, as in Mexican standoff, and then bust a gut laughing at how silly they looked? Did they spend the rest of the night backslapping one another?

Boy, Mr. David Stern. That's some league you have there. On Christmas Eve, in the team locker room, one of your highest paid players is pulling a gun on another player over a gambling debt. And, of course, you don't have a gambling problem in the NBA, now do you?

Arenas, of course, showed class and poise in dealing with an issue as sensitive as this:

Arenas, who has three kids, reportedly told team officials he brought
guns to his Verizon Center locker so they wouldn't be close to his newborn at
their home in Great Falls, Va.

He denied pulling a gun on Crittenton and even mocked the suggestion he
would ever point a weapon at a teammate.

"You guys, I wanted to go rob banks, I wanted to be a bank robber on the
weekends," Arenas said sarcastically after a game this week.

The NBA doesn't have a problem, now does it?