Stern Right to Ban Arenas, Send Message
This is Exhibit A of how to destroy a career, how to blow a $111 million contract and how to dump special athletic gifts down the toilet. Once upon a time, Gilbert Arenas was a dazzling basketball player, a convivial personality, a legitimate gate attraction and a clever social media dabbler. Today, he's the symbol of what is frighteningly wrong with the NBA, a league in which a majority of the players are said to carry guns, a good many of whom smoke dope and precious few seem to aspire to the competitive ideals of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the men who built the credible bedrock that is being destroyed by reckless, idiotic goofs.
In a ruling that was as prompt as it was necessary, commissioner David Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay Wednesday for his disturbingly irresponsible decision to bring four guns into the Washington Wizards' locker room and store them in his locker. He also was punished for his delusional attempts to make light of his gun issues with humor, including a Tuesday night incident in Philadelphia when he playfully pointed his index fingers at his laughing teammates as if he was brandishing guns. Does Arenas not understand everything he's about to lose here? Does he realize that he'll be suspended for quite a long time by the NBA, that he might go to jail in a city with some of America's strictest gun laws, that he might lose $90 million if the rest of his contract is voided, that he'll be remembered not as an All-Star guard but as a reckless clown who threw it all away because he had no social sensibilities?