WNBA, NBA Respond to Gilbert Arenas' Comments on Female Basketball Players

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2015

FILE - In this April 16, 2011, file photo, Orlando Magic's Gilbert Arenas moves the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Orlando, Fla. The Orlando Magic waived Arenas on Friday, Dec. 9, not long after teams could begin making personnel moves after the lockout's formal end. Arenas was owed three years and just over $62 million. He'll still get that money, but it won't count against the Magic for salary cap and luxury-tax purposes, per the league's new amnesty clause. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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The WNBA and NBA released a joint statement Wednesday criticizing former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas, calling his recent statements on women's basketball "repugnant."    


WNBA/NBA Statement Regarding Gilbert Arenas' Comments https://t.co/yZ8Nga6weZ

The statement comes a day after Arenas posted an Instagram video (warning: contains NSFW content) of scantily clad women playing basketball, indicating that's what "America was hoping for" with the WNBA: 

NOW this is what america was hoping for when they announced the #WNBA back in 1996... not a bunch of chicks running around looking like,cast members from#orangeisthenewblack...dont get me wrong,they have few #cutiepies but theres a whole alotta #beanpies running around.

Reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne also released a statement criticizing Arenas' take:   

Elena Delle Donne @De11eDonne

#ByeGilbert https://t.co/USJprEq4LY

Obviously, anyone with a pulse and a shred of human decency sides with Delle Donne, the WNBA, NBA and any other woman—or person for that matter—who was offended by Arenas' comments. The sentiments shared by Arenas and those who agree with him are a vile combination of sexist and uneducated.

That there are people who think this way in 2015 should be baffling, but this isn't a unique or unprecedented case. In fact, Arenas himself posted (again, NSFW) a similarly sexist screed defending himself Wednesday featuring scantily clad female football players. Good on anyone who calls Arenas and his ilk out for their nonsense.

Treatment of women within professional sports has come a long way, but people like Arenas show we’ve still got farther to go.  

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