Gilbert Arenas POSSIBLY Suspended? Oh Come On. Ban Him For Life!

Bryan ShipleyContributor IJanuary 5, 2010

DENVER - FEBRUARY 19:  Gilber Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards shoots in the PlayStation Skills Challenge, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Pepsi Center on February 19, 2005 in Denver, Colorado.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Gilbert, Gilbert, Gilbert...   you lovable clown...   unless that was a water pistol in your locker, you should be banned for life.


The NBA has gone to great lengths to fend off a thug image that's been growing since the nineties. Allen Iverson's domestic problems, Dennis Rodman's many problems, Ron Artest's cup of ice problems, Gary Payton and Sam Cassel's stripper beating problems, and the sheer amount of resin that I'm sure maintenance still hasn't been able to get off the walls of the Portland Trail Blazers locker room are just a few examples of a culture that David Stern is trying to shake. 

The man made everyone wear suits at press conferences just to avoid the gangsta-wear look that he and many Americans associate with the violent subculture. That tattoos, baggy clothes, and skullies look. You know the one. It's what the kid washing your Acura was wearing. 

So if you have a policy against thugs, drugs, and mean muggin, shouldn't you have a policy against FIREARMS?!!! Marc Stein reports that the NBA is considering suspending Gilbert Arenas for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. Something he admitted to on television. Considering?

In any workplace environment it's no stretch to say that if an employee brought in a gun, regardless if it were loaded, the employer would fire that employee almost immediately. If the NBA has a thug culture to diminish, then it needs to act swiftly in attacking this head on.

Gilbert himself seems to be a good guy and all, but allowing firearms in NBA locker rooms is a precedent that cannot be set. That would be adhering to the culture, thus taking a potential step back. The only choice here is a Life Long Ban for any player who brings guns onto NBA property. Add to that a harsh penalty for the club itself in the form of draft picks to increase accountability in efforts to avoid further episodes.

Sorry Agent Zero, but you ought to know better. Guns are no joke.