Last night Gilbert Arenas posted an old T-Shirt he made showing then rookie and current Laker Nick Young getting knocked out by John McCain with the words “I Beat Buns” underneath. Nick reposted the photo and wrote ”This is what I had to go threw as a rookie@gilbertarenas0 made shirts like this about me and they was sellin out hahahaha”
The initial thing that stood out to me is that Nick Young’s post in 4 hours has 1,896 likes while Arenas initial post only has 343 but that has a lot to do with Swaggy P having 144k followers compared to the 21k that the once popular practical prankster on the Wizard with endorsements galore has.
Besides giving the NBA’s most elite players headaches by dropping 50+ on any given night, Arenas was giving teammates headaches and laughs to teammates with his constant over-the-top practical jokes that were crazier than the shirts he made for Nick Young and obviously not as extreme as his lockeroom showdown with real life gang member and teamate Javaris Crittenton.
The following is a list of practical jokes from the player who called himself “Hibachi” and was trying to develop a cartoon called “Gazo the Pranksta”
- “Taking a crap” in Andray Blatche’s shoe
- Filling Andray Blatche’s bathtub with coffee during a road trip
- Bringing doughnuts to practice by buying plain ones and sprinkling baby powder on them–that is, when he wasn’t buying frosted ones, licking each one and putting it back in the box
- Stealing teammates’ keys and hiding them in a bottle of water.
- Dumped coffee on teammates’ mattresses
- Spraying teammates on the toilet with a water hose
- Cutting up his teammates’ suits so they would have to go home in their uniforms (this supposedly was the catalyst for “poop-gate”)
- Throwing away shower towels so his teammates couldn’t dry off
- Starting a snowball fight on a team bus
- Ripping up cards for no reason
Then there was Gungate and Boy Wonder’s NBA career went downhill after that which was a real shame because Gilbert still had a lot of elite years left in him and according to players that played with him this summer in China, he still has the skills to play in the NBA and finally the maturity to stay there.
Hes having fun.. But he posted some videos and it looks like he still got game. He can still make a team, but hes a knucklehead
You should read my post. He saved a woman's life:
Funnily though, you can save people's lives and be a jerk to your teammates/pals. I mean nobody said he was evil, but certainly comes off like someone who you'd rather not be around.
Unless you're bleeding to death alone in the sea of course.
Gilbert Arenas, former washington bullets star, prayed out loud as he pulled a 20-year-old who was bitten by a shark onto a shore this week in Maui.
The female snorkeler, who was bleeding from a severed shoulder, kept saying she was going to die.
But Arenas, resident from the Orange County city of Laguna Niguel, wouldn’t have any of it.
"All she had hanging out on her right arm was her bone, and she was in and out of saying these words, 'I'm dying, I'm going to die,'" Arenas said. "I kept saying to her, 'No, you're not. We are going to get you to shore. We're going to save you.'"
Arenas said he swam through choppy waters with poor visibility after spotting the woman who was screaming for help, blood surrounding her.
"We heard this scream -- this blood-curdling scream -- out in the water, about 75 yards out, and somebody said it's a shark attack and then I just got my fins and ran in," Arenas told NBC4 Friday.
Arenas jumped into the water, not knowing if danger was still lurking.
"I started thinking to myself, if the shark's around here, what's going to happen now -- I'm going to be the next person, so I kept going as fast as I can," he said.
He pulled the victim in and onto shore where he and others put her into a kayak and called paramedics.
“She was fading away,” Arenas said. “She was going to die.”
Jana Witteropp, a German tourist, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. Moore said Witteropp was stable Friday afternoon, and making movement with her eyes.
Her right arm was severed below the shoulder, Lee Mainaga, fire services chief at the Maui Fire Department, told the Associated Press. The limb wasn’t recovered.
Arenas will return to Laguna Niguel -- where he is now a pastor and a physical education teacher -- next week. His wife said he'll be welcomed back a hero.
"I'll never be so happy to see somebody as much as I will to see him come home and be safe," Diane Arenas said.
Through tears, Arenas told NBC4 he'll appreciate his family "more, more" when he returns home.
It wasn’t clear what type of shark bit Witteropp. Witnesses interviewed didn’t see the animal, said Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward.
It was the sixth such attack in Hawaii this year through the end of July, including three on Maui, according to a state database. There were 11 shark attacks in the state in 2012.
The last time anyone in Hawaii died from a shark attack was in 2004, when a tiger shark bit a surfer 100 yards off Maui. Prior to that, there was a fatal attack in 1992.
Tiger sharks are the species most often blamed for attacks, but it’s not known why they sometimes bite humans. They may be trying to figure out whether a person could be prey.
To protect against attacks, authorities recommend swimming, snorkeling and surfing with other people. They also say people should avoid the water at dawn and dusk, as this is when some shark species move inshore to eat.
Was in 2007 when Gilbert made a blog post saying "There are no such thing as Shark Attacks". There is a possibility he stole that bit from someone else. Which, in a comedians book, would make him kind of a jerk. Especially doing such without attribution, which is why I moved your post to the "NBA" section. It says at the very top of the forum to give attribution to where you got an article. Have not been able to find any original on this one, which leads to questions of its authenticity. His mansion also had a shark tank.
I met Gilbert Arenas once, about 6 years ago, at LAX. One of the best encounters I have had with an NBA athlete, or high level pro athlete of any sort. It was quick, was about to go into a check-in line after just arriving, saw Gilbert coming out of the same line. My reaction was to reach out my hand and go "What up Gil?" My mom (who I was travelling with) thought he was a long lost friend after our brief meeting. He was just waiting for a flight with his family, did not ask him for an autograph or picture. Just said "what's up?" and he was cool.
Now, would I want to be on the other end of some of his pranks? My brother still calls Andray Blatche "Poop Shoes Blatche". I think Gilbert had some definite maturity issues. This does not necessarily make him a bad person, but he was, as we all can be, kind of a jerk. Hence, doubt if the shark attack story, if real, changes that.