When Good Athletes Behave Badly - Gilbert Arenas
Over the years I have often had the pleasure of introducing my son to significant people as politically diverse as
Years later I am still grateful to the rising
The slide came when Arenas was indefinitely suspended and put under a criminal investigation for allegedly bringing as many as four handguns into his team's locker room. The pre-Christmas incident was part of what Arenas called a prank that grew out of a dispute over a gambling debt with teammate
Sounds like the O.K. Corral? No, it's the
Arenas made matters worse for himself at a game last week (
That little high-profile antic appears to have been the last straw for NBA Commissioner
Yes, I know. A scolding from Sharpton for flamboyant recklessness is about as credible as a lecture on loyalty from
But, as President
I understand. There's no question that Arenas' recklessness deserves to be penalized. But, I also have to ask, penalized for what? The
Arenas' reputation resembles
In September, for example,
Other voices, like
Maybe we ask too much of athletes when we expect them to be models of good behavior, but at least they should try to avoid bad behavior.
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Expensive Lesson: Gun is Not a Joke - Gilbert Arenas
Leonard Pitts Jr.
A gun is not a joke. Maybe Gilbert Arenas gets that now. But look at what it cost him to learn: his NBA livelihood, his reputation, maybe his freedom. But even at that, you could argue that Gilbert Arenas is a lucky man.
Tiger Woods and Disposable Gods
Robert C. Koehler
Read the tabloids -- watch the tube -- if you want to know how a society that has lost its religiosity can still engage with the deities. The eerily appropriate term 'celebrity worship' is evidence of the extent to which we've improved on Greek culture: We've invented disposable gods and our latest example is Tiger Woods
The principal goal of the BCS is not and never was to fairly determine a national champion. It was designed to maximize revenue for its members while limiting true competition. That makes it a cartel. If you ask me, they can still call it the BCS -- just change the words to Bowl Cartel Series.
College Football Playoff Would Increase Problems
Should there be four teams? Eight? Sixteen? Wherever a line is drawn, excluded teams will inevitably start clamoring to enlarge the playoffs. That's exactly what has happened with the NCAA basketball, March Madness has grown from eight teams to 65 teams and now is under pressure to expand to 96. Joe Barton's playoff idea turns out to be more of a problem than a solution.
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