Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gilbert Arenas takes his best shot but gun apology misses the target

Gilbert Arenas wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post apologizing for his actions regarding the now infamous gun situation and pledging that he will learn from his mistakes and help others. He also vows to become a better role model.

While the sentiment is nice, it doesn’t hide the fact that Arenas is only writing this well after he has been punished, after joking about the situation and making gun gestures during pregame warm-ups, after there was no way to wiggle out of it, and before he possibly serves jail time.

Arenas takes blame for his actions, but also skirts around the fact that he really didn’t think what he did was a big deal, saying, “I reacted badly to the aftermath and made fun of inaccurate media reports, which looked as though I was making light of a serious situation.” It’s the typical “blame the media” approach.

You have to give Gilbert credit, though, for doing far more than most other athletes who have apologized publicly for mistakes they’ve made.

That’s not saying much, but it’s still worth something.

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