Gilbert Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton of the Washington Wizards, were suspended last week for the remainder of the season after a weapons charge brought by a card game dispute. Gilbert brought four guns into the locker room after an argument with Crittenton over a game on the team plane. Javaris was cited a felony charge after entering a guilty plea in the District of Columbia Superior Court on January 15, 2010. ESPN reports that the NBA commissioner was the person to suspend the two after the heated argument and the felony charges.
Gilbert wrote and published a story in the Washington Post, where he stated, he will try and mend relationships with his D.C. youth followers despite how poorly he has acted in the past month. He has stated that he understands how he has let down the young fans and wants to work hard to regain there trust. Seeing as he has been suspended for the rest of the season, he will have plenty of time to do so.
Arenas wrote the following, “I understand the importance of teaching nonviolence to kids in today’s world, guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters — a lesson that’s been brought home to me over the past few weeks. I thought about this when I pleaded guilty as charged in court and when I accepted my NBA suspension without challenge.”
The Wizard’s head coach, Flip Saunders, agreed to Arenas’ letter in the Washington Post and thought that it was a smart way to handle the problem. As a public relations major, I agree. Too often, such as the Tiger Woods case, athletes and pop icons don’t address situations that they are facing and lead to much to the audience’s imagination. Many people were probably thinking Gilbert was such a terrible person for owning and carrying guns into the locker room, but now they have an understanding that he is a notable character who really cares about youth and anti-violence in teens.
How would you have handled the situation? How would you handle Tiger’s situation? Is it too late for Tiger?