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New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

Posted on: January 7, 2010 12:48 pm
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The Washington Post's update today is brutal. In a nutshell, the Post is reporting that Arenas was joking with Crittenton when he gave him an unloaded gun, but that Crittenton freaked out and grabbed his OWN gun, loaded it, and acted menacingly.

Understand something: Arenas started this whole business and deserved some form of suspension. I get that. But Crittenton, if the Post story is accurate, is the baddest guy here. And I don't mean bad as in good. I mean bad as in scary.

I stand by my column. Completely. More than ever, in fact.

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Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 8:31 pm
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

"This kind of stuff is just about got me to the point that it's hard to get enthused for ANY pro sport."

I don't know that I would include "any pro sport," but certainly the NBA has a major image problem which Stern is acutely aware of. Many of us upwardly mobile fans are turned off by the perceived thug element, and Stern knows the health of the league depends on our desire to buy tickets. Let's face it, the Arenases, Crittentons, and Iversons of the world may appeal to those who live in the projects, but not to corporat America.

"It seems like all these mega-millionaires - by virtue of being able to play a game well - have loss any sense of reality that the rest of us abide by."

I was a stockbroker for 21 years, and can assure you that blatantly whoring around, doing drugs, cheating, and gambling are not behaviors specific to pro athletes. I left out gun play - didn't see any of that.

"If I where a commish I'd issue a zero tolerance statement for ANY of the above and make it one and done - period."

ANY? For sure a commish could not include whoring around in the "one and done" edict. You can't legislate morality. The drug thing would be tough to monitor as we have seen in baseball. We constantly are reminded of this by statements such as "they will stay one step ahead of the posse," and "there isn't a test for that." (HGH). Cheating, absolutely should be one and done if it involves point shaving, but certainly not adding a foreign substance to a baseball or corking a bat. We can't treat all forms of cheating equally.

"A paid athlete from the perspective of his/her employer does not have "rights" in the same sense as a citizen in America."

I agree, but once again that would apply to most of us in the work place.

"It's a PRIVILEGE to..."

I cringe every time I hear those words. We supposedly live in a free country. This argument that it's a privilege is an end run around the freedom issue. We most often hear it used in the context of driving without wearing a seat belt or riding without a helmet. I once read a Supreme Court Justice's opinion that made all the sense in the world to me. I can't remember who penned it, but he describes to a tee what freedom is about. Take some time to think about this and ask yourself if you would agree:

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a free society, against his will, is for the safety of others."

I got into a friendly discussion over this with a friend of mine some years back. He said by mandating certain things i.e. seat-belts or helmets or even drugs, for that matter, we save the aggregate a lot of money. My response "Let's make no doubt; there is a price for freedom." When you take that into context, it can lead to a grand debate. One radical example of my argument would be that a person over 21 should be able to snort coke if he wants provided he does so without putting others in a position to be hurt i.e, using and driving. I am a born again Christian and a recovering alcoholic, and would never partake of said behavior, but I also believe God gives us choices, and if we choose to do something which can harm no one but ourselves, then we should be able to make that choice, and not have it legislated against us or have certain things morphed from "right" to "privilege."  



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2010 9:43 am
 

No punishment for Crittenton?

Call me cynical, but no punishment for Crittenton, but an indefinite suspension for the guy with the obscenely bloated contract?  You don't think Stern would ever stoop to helping out a struggling franchise by helping them get out from under it do you?

Loaded or not, all reports seem to indicate that Crittenton, too, brought a gun to the arena.  Shouldn't he get canned, too?




Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2010 7:40 am
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

He is more important than me? Because he plays professional basketball?

Tell me you don't believe that playing professional basketball makes someone more important than someone else. Please tell me you don't believe that.

You really need to take at your priorities if you do.



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

If I were one of the best in the world at what I did, an asset and a commodity that could not easily be replaced, having given many years of loyal service to the company and a perfect record otherwise, then such an immature act would certainly deserve a punishment. I don't think it would deserve a lifetime ban from the job and it's affiliates.

You are not a professional basketball player. I am not a professional basketball player. Accept the fact that he is more important than you and will always receive more lee-way to make mistakes, then quit crying.



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 8:11 pm
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

How about you go to your job, pull out an unloaded gun and play a joke with it ...

And see how long you stay employed.



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2010 6:48 pm
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

cry me a river sports fan. boo hoo gilbert arenas makes more money than me.... boo hoo he played a joke with a gun now I can't watch him play because he's not moral enough for me!

If you wanna live in your morality paradise go watch little league.



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 2:20 pm
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

This kind of stuff is just about got me to the point that it's hard to get enthused for ANY pro sport. It seems like all these mega-millionaires - by virtue of being able to play a game well - have loss any sense of reality that the rest of us abide by. They can openly and blatantly whore around, engage in gun play both real and pretend, do drugs, cheat, gamble - where do I end this list - and it's all suppose to be ok. forgetaboutit.

If I where a commish I'd issue a zero tolerance statement for ANY of the above and make it one and done - period. A paid athlete from the perspective of his/her employer does not have "rights" in the same sense as a citizen in America. It's a PRIVILEGE to play the game and make millions. If you're an idiot and don't "get" the expectations that come with their terms of employment - TOO BAD. Fire them and that's that, end of story, buhbuy...



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2010 1:51 pm
 

New information on Arenas crucifies Crittenton

Really?  This is most ridiculous situation ever.  Arenas is an idiot... and I'm so tired of idiots.  I hope that they don't suspend him for the whole season or longer though; I agree with you that this is not the incident that requires the hammer of Stern.  However, if what the Washington Post is saying is accurate, Crittenton DOES need to receive the hammer.  And if the gun he "brandished" was in HIS locker also, he should get the same suspension as Arenas (whenever it is that he comes back from injury).
As a side note:  Why do all of the reports about this incident sound like an episode of The Hills where Audrina whispers to Lauren "I heard Javaris pulled a gun on Gilbert!  That is SO uncool!"


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