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Morning Roundup: The “Gilbert Arenas Gives the Rev. Al Sharpton a Thumbs Down” Edition

sharptonGood morning, City Desk. It's the sixth day of January. How you doing with those New Year's resolutions?

So...Mike Shanahan!

Chris Dodd!

Guantanamo inmates from Yemen!

The Post's Michael Wilbon gives the Rev. Al Sharpton a big thumbs up this morning for taking to task the gun-toting Gilbert Arenas, one of the sports world's "misbehaving black athletes."

Sharpton can change the news cycle all by himself, and did when he called on black leaders and Commissioner David Stern to come down hard on Arenas. Sharpton has already spoken with Stern and told the New York Daily News, "The NBA needs to stand up and send a strong message by dealing with this situation." Sharpton says his concern is a "culture of violence being perpetuated in professional sports."

It's a jolt to hear Sharpton be this critical of Arenas and a subculture of black athletes that has been involved in so many incidents of lawlessness for years and years. It's nice of Sharpton to finally join this particular debate so long in progress.

Arenas, for his part, thinks it's not so nice. He gives the good reverend a thumbs down. (Yes, Arenas hired that lawyer, but thank God for us, he's still tweeting.)

A look at his feed from the past few hours:

- Al Sharpton comments ill try to be as nice as he was too me on my next tweet

- For a kid who does a lot of work for the black community I didn't get the memo u were still one of our black leaders becuz if u was

- U wouldn't have made a comment like that befor gettin all the fax str8..I hav black leaders tattooed on my leg I call it black rush more

- That's Martin,Obama,Mr X,and Mandela..so next time before u wash ur hands of something pls hear the real story..God bless the black C

- @KevinJohnEllis yes I hav jesus tattooed on my ribs becuz he's on my side

Oh, one more thing: Today's Arenas' birthday! I know this because he happened to mention it on Twitter, and because his Web site features a Happy Birthday Gilbert rap video ("Go GA/Cuz it's your B-day/and tell the DJ/To put this thing on replay").

Again, from his Twitter feed:

- Happy b-day to myself..gonna celebrate by ordering rm service..and sum hot chocolate..I sound borin to myself ..

If only, Gilbert...

Photograph by Freedom to Marry, Creative Commons Attribution License

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Comments

  1. Comrade Al Gonzales
    #1

    Arenas is a total idiot. He should be locked up for being so fucking stupid. He's obviously a danger to himself & others. Plus he's a shitty basketball player. In a few years he'll be bankrupt & homeless.

    The over-under on how long Arenas stays solvent after he's kicked to the curb by the NBA - two years, max. Then we'll see stories about Gilbert panhandling for booze money.

  2. #2

    In all honesty..its not a big deal a couple of guns in the lockerroom..so what?and GA has over 100 million $..he wont go bankrupt and 22 aand 7 isn't a shitty basketball player. oh..and BTw al sharpton is a faggot and needs to stop considering himself a black leader because guess what Al....NO ONE FUCKIN LIKE YOU HOMO!

  3. #3

    A guy who was in college at 16 and Got himself a 111 MILLION $ contract isn't an idiot..period

  4. Comrade Al Gonzales
    #4

    The fact that "VISA" is a secretly gay, homo-bashing idiot aside, money does not equal intelligence. It only shows that some fool billionaire gave a idiotic shitty b-ball player over $100 million.

    What have Gilbert's teams won in the NBA? Nothing.

    Gilbert will be homeless in ... five years. He'll get canned from the Bullets & end up panhandling outside the arena on Seventh Street.

    Oh, & besides being a closet homosexual & gay-bashing idiot, "VISA" is also an ignorant fool when it comes to the law. Anybody who thinks that having guns inside a DC locker room is OK has to be even dumber than the idiotic Arenas.

    Oh & you can't even write a fucking sentence, "VISA", so you're also an illiterate dumb shit.

    bye bye

  5. #5

    You can't even type without insulting..your not making any sense your just puting a bunch of swear words. Almost everyone here in DC has guns,whether you believe it or not. Gilbetr steams hasn't won anything because his teams SUCK he averaged 29 and 7..his team has always been shit and they have had chemistry problems. And How would you know if i was a faggot or not? you don't know me..internet thug

  6. #6

    And the arena isnt even on 7th street..dumbass

  7. #7

    Al Sharpton is right, they should come down on him hard for being stupid just because you earn a zillon dollars don't give you the right to be an idiot, the excuse he came up with for taking his guns out of his home to get them away from his children is even below common sense, its not like he have a one bed room apartment, he has over 7,000 sq feet he could have place a lock steel gun cabnet that even a terroist with a bomb could not destroy. But then in order to do that you have to have some resemblence of common sense. I have no sympathy for him or the sorry a#$$ Wizards!!

  8. #8

    I agree his excuse was stupid and he shouldn't have brought them to work but..they were in a locked container with no bullets..I think a 10 game suspension and a 50.000$ fine along with some Gun awarness stuff at highschools, that punishment seems fair,agree?

  9. #9

    If DC doesn't prosecute Arenas, then it's gun laws are meaningless.

  10. #10

    Its pretyy well known that DC doesn't enforce its gun rules, Thats why there so many of them on the streets. My uncle had 3 unregistered firearms an ar15,desert eagle and a 870 remington..guess waht he got? 3 months probation...yeh..the gun laws are a joke

  11. #11

    UH VISA. U MIGHT WANNA CHECK YO GPS. THE LAST I CHECKED THE PHONE BOOTH IS LOCATED ON 7TH AND F STS NW.

    THEY ARE GOING TO HIT THIS BOY ACROSS THE HEAD.
    NBA WILL PROB SUSPEND HIM FOR REST OF SEASON OR AT LEAST HALF OF IT ALONG WITH A RECORD FINE.

    ESPN HAVE BEEN PUSHIN REST OF SEASON AND CONTRACT FORFEITURE. HE IS GOING TO BE PLAXICO BURESSED.

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    Big-K MY BULLETS ARENT SORRY! WE LOST A LOT OF CLOSE GAMES WHICH COMES DOWN TO COACHING.

  12. #12

    This gunplay is TNB. No one is surprised.

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