Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
Drawing Guns at High Noon (or at half time of an NBA game)
Over in Carlsbad a man pulled a gun on someone last week. The guy was a 41-year-old street sweeper and what makes it weirder is, he pulled a gun on some young man looking for food behind an Albertsons. Oh, and the street sweeper had his son with him, as well as a second gun in his vehicle.
That story now pales in comparison with those two NBA players. Sure, we’ve heard about athletes having guns before. Nothing new there. But Gilbert Arenas (who recently tweeted “i wake up this morning and seen i was the new John Wayne…”) Not sure the NBA will find this such a laughing matter.
And it’s strange. As much as I hate Rush Limbaugh (even did a blog about him yesterday), he took such heat (no pun intended) for saying that NFL players fighting is like watching the Bloods and the Crips. Maybe statements like that need to be examined, instead of just shooting the messenger. Everyone was so quick to point out how horrible a statement that was, especially when he tried to buy an NFL team this year.
But back to the NBA…
Gilbert pulled a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton. Now, here’s where I get confused. Javaris drew a gun on him as well. What is this, the old west? I mean, once someone has a gun drawn on you, how is it you have time to go retrieve a gun yourself? Is it on the waistband of their shorts?
When someone pulls a gun on you, doesn’t the person just shoot you if you make any sudden movements? Don’t you just freeze, with your hands up in the air (as if you're ready to grab a rebound)?
They’re telling the NBA (and now they have to answer to the U.S. attorney’s office and District of Columbia police) that the guns were unloaded. One of the players said he brought the guns to his locker because he didn’t’t feel safe at the house now that he has a new baby (although, if the gun is unloaded, what could his baby do with it?)
That’s weird logic. Arenas didn’t consider the arena full of fans. How about their safety? Or better yet, your teammates that you get angry at.
But then, NBA players have always had weird logic. Jayson Williams is still free, and he (allegedly) shot and killed his limo driver accidentally (while trying to impress some Harlem Globetrotters that were at his mansion), and then tried to cover up the crime and make it look like the driver shot himself. Gotta love the intelligence of these dopes. And gotta love our ridiculous legal system that makes it so hard to jail these types of thugs.
The guns drawn in the locker room apparently had to do with a gambling debt that wasn’t paid off. And that makes me wonder…if Pete Rose, arguably the best hitter in baseball history, can’t make the Hall of Fame for his gambling -- shouldn’t these two players immediately be kicked out of the league? Sure, they may not have been betting on NBA games, but they gambled. And that led to guns being drawn in a locker room full of people. Sounds like grounds for dismissal to me.
The ironic thing in all this is that the Washington Wizards changed their name from the Bullets in the 90s, because they felt that “bullets” and the association with them (especially in D.C.) isn’t such a good thing.
Never has a team name been more appropriate.
Now, how about some “wizard”, ie the commissioner, making these two players disappear from the league?