Originally Published: Jan 7, 2010 5:3 PM CDT
It’s hard to decide who should be more saddened by the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittendon playing Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in the team’s locker room.
The average fan can only sit back and wonder what these well-paid, highly-taken-care-of players do with all of that money and spare time. Brandishing guns and threatening to shoot one another over a high-stakes card game is not the behind-closed-doors image the league wants its fans to have.
Commissioner David Stern has worked long and hard to repair the “thug life” image that many had of his league. The league is full of good-hearted men who give willingly of their time and money. Many of them reside in our community. They should be horrified of the image being portrayed by Arenas and Crittendon.
Perhaps the worst part about the situation is the fact that Arenas was given time, after the incident, to apologize and beg for forgiveness. Instead, he fired finger pistols at teammates in a huddle during a game.
Only after being suspended indefinitely by the commissioner on Wednesday did Arenas issue a full-fledged and sincere apology. Sorry Agent Zero. Apology not accepted. Not by fans and, hopefully, not by those who have worked so hard to rebuild an image Arenas and Crittendon attempted to tear down.