View Full Version : Gilbert Arenas: "I'll try to rebuild relationship with D.C.-area youth"

02-01-2010, 08:29 PM

Suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas said in a story he wrote for The Washington Post that he'll try to rebuild his relationship with D.C. youth following his guilty plea on a felony gun charge.

The story appeared on the paper's Web site Monday.

Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the season last week by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Arenas entered a guilty plea Jan. 15 in District of Columbia Superior Court to a felony weapons possession charge after admitting to bringing four guns into the locker room following a heated argument with Crittenton during a card game on the team plane.

Arenas wrote in The Post that he realized he had let down the youth in the D.C. area and would work hard to regain the trust he had built with them.

"I understand the importance of teaching nonviolence to kids in today's world," Arenas wrote. "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.

"That message of nonviolence will be front and center as I try to rebuild my relationship with young people in the D.C. area. I know that won't happen overnight, and that it will happen only if I show through my actions that I am truly sorry and have learned from my mistakes. If I do that, then hopefully youngsters will learn from the serious mistakes I made with guns and not make any of their own."

Arenas, a three-time All-Star, said he had also let down his teammates with the Wizards as well as Irene Pollin, the widow of longtime team owner Abe Pollin. Pollin, who changed the team's name from Bullets in 1997 because of D.C.'s violence, died in November.

After Pollin's death, Arenas said he called his father on the West Coast because Pollin "was the father away from California."

Arenas said in his story he wrote a letter to D.C. students last week about owning up to his mistakes and living up to Pollin's expectations.

"I said that I lost sight of the lesson I learned from Abe Pollin about how the responsibility to be a good role model comes along with the opportunity he gave me," Arenas wrote. "I reiterate now the pledge I made to those students: that this is a responsibility I am not going to walk away from, that I will choose more wisely in the future and do my best to help guide children into brighter futures."

Arenas has long been involved with schools and students in the D.C. area. He donated $100 for every point he scored in each of the Wizards' home games in the 2006-07 season to a different area school.

He wrote that his goal going forward is to work even closer with community programs to help keep kids from the situation he faces.

"I have to earn that respect and work to deserve it each and every day," Arenas wrote.

"Some people may not forgive me for what I've done. But if I help steer even just one young person away from violence and trouble, then I'll once again feel that I'm living up to Abe Pollin's legacy and to the responsibility I owe the kids of the District."

02-01-2010, 08:43 PM
He's gonna have to do a lot. That city pretty much hates him now. They have a lot of crime in that area, and him joking about it didn't help.

Good luck though Agent 0.

02-01-2010, 08:44 PM
Not gonna happen IMO

02-01-2010, 08:51 PM
lol please dont
just reach a buyout and go somewhere else

igPay atinLay
02-01-2010, 09:04 PM
A guy that is waiting for a sentence for guns has not place being near kids....keeping him far away get a court order if you have to.

02-01-2010, 11:47 PM
....Good job, Gil. I also plan on screwing up with no conscience then saying the right thing soon thereafter. Great plan