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Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:53 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 3:19 pm
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Arenas fined $50,000 by league for faking injury
Posted by Matt Moore


Gilbert Arenas has paid his debt to society after spending a month in a detention center earlier this year following his sentencing for felony gun possession. Now apparently he's decided to start working on paying his debt to the league, since he keeps finding inventive ways to send them dough.

The Wizards fined Arenas $50,000 for lying to Flip Saunders about an injury in order to get more time for Nick Young on the floor. It's a pretty healthy chunk of change. And it's not the first or last time Arenas has shelled out some dough to the league.

In 2009, Arenas was fined $25,000 for refusing to speak to the media during the preseason. Prior to that he was fined $7,500 for criticizing offiicials. And, you know, all the court fees, lawyer fees, and dough lost during his suspension last season. Add all that up and it's enough to take a huge.... nothing out of his income. Arenas makes $216,227 per game this season. Subtract all the mone he's paid in fines over the past three years from his first paycheck this year and he'd still have over $133,000 to buy all the gold-plated guns he wants.

And that's got to partially be why Arenas fails to change his behavior. Sure, you'd expect maturity, or maybe even simple deductive logic to take some sort of effect, but I think we can agree that ship has sailed. In the meantime, only punitive efforts can hope to alter his behavior, and, well, they're not getting the job done. This isn't to say that Arenas needs to be fined more, or have any harsher punishments handed down. What he did simply wasn't a big deal. But if we wonder why Arenas fails to take anything seriously, why he acts petulant and immature regarding all of these public relations disaster and his lone criminal act which was very much dangerous to himself and others, perhaps it's that vantage point of perspective that he's incapable of reaching. No matter what's happened to him, his life isn't very much different. He gets paid, still, and while losing last year's salary was surely a blow, he is making $17 million this season, which probably makes the recovery path a bit easier.

$50,000 is a stiff slap on the wrist from the Wizards, and yet it's a drop in the bucket, just as this latest silly act was a drop in the bucket of his facepalm-worthy moments.

This is Arenas. And he isn't changing. And all the fines won't even make him blink. Unless, you know, the owners manage to make contracts non-guaranteed. But then we'll have bigger issues because hell will have frozen over.
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fengkai
Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2010 9:40 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

216,000 DOLLARS per game this year???  unreal.  I'd be lucky to make that much in 7 years working my ass off with hardly any days off working 10 hour days .  I think i'm sick to my stomach.  I absolutely hate the NBA now.   Abunch of rich low life thugs that don't realize how good they have it. 



Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:15 am
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

Arenas has guts to do this after the gun problems.  He was helping put food on the table for Nick Young.
Arenas will average over 20 if he stays on the team.  I wouldn't give him away. Walls production will increase faster if Arenas stays on team.  I saw him play against the Bulls last week and his demeanor on the court seemed identical for when he was playing with the Warriors 5+ years ago.  Arenas' numbers will be great and he will make Walls numbers better too.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:00 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

The Wizards need to move Arenas as soon as possible.  Everyone can tell by Arenas' body language that he no longer wants to be in Washington, so to that end, here is a trade suggestion.

Send Arenas and either Josh Howard or Adam Morrison to the Orlando Magic for Jameer Nelson, Quentin Richardson and Malik Allen.  The Wizard receive a veteran PG and overall, three well-mannered players.

As for Arenas, he seriously needs to "Grow & Man Up".  He's a talented player, but his actions are taking away from his ability to attract and keep a fan base and a new team.  It seems to me that Arenas would benefit greatly from a "big brother" or "mentor" figure; someone like Joe Dumars, Ray Allen, Alonzo Mourning, etc.  Unfortunately, his behavior is what happens when parents "spare the rod".  Mind you, Arenas is far to old to be spanked by his parents, but if he doesn't change his attitude and actions, he'll be playing his days out in Europe; following in Allen Iverson's footsteps.





Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

PEOPLE YOU HATE PEOPLE THAT CONSTANTLY POST ON THESE SITES AND SAY HOW MUCH THEY HATE THE NBA AND DON'T WATCH IT.. BUT THEY SEEM TO KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT GOES ON..LMAO!!

THESE PEOPLE ARE LIKE THOSE WOMEN WHO SAY THAT THEY NEVER HANG WITH FEMALES, BUT EVERYTIME YOU SEE THEM OUT ITS WITH A GROUP OF FEMALES.. HAHAHAHAH...

 BE HONEST YOU ALL LOVE THE NBA. AND ITS PLAYERS FOR ALL THIER DRAMA.. AND IF THIS ANGERS YOU ITS BECAUSE YOU KNOW IM RIGHT. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!




Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: October 16, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

why dont' they kick these thugs out of the league---permanently.  The nba is filled with the hood / ghetto types who complain after any foul---making it unwatchable.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

Not an NBA fan.  Arenas is not a bum.  He is not the player he once was, but he is not a bum.  It was an exhibition game.  Maybe he went about it the wrong way, but trying to get playing time for a teammate in an exhibition game hardly is fine worthy.  It would be nice to know if the NBA has a good plan for the money or if they are going to pocket it.  Would have been better to 'suggest' to Arenas that he donate that money to a school or something of value. 



Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:32 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

He will be the next Antoine Walker!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:13 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

This guy sounds like the type of guy who will be bankrupt 5 years after he leaves the league...he'll miss all those fines then...



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:21 am
 

Gilbert Arenas's fine is a drop in the bucket

..Then Washington should trade him.. preferably to a division rival.....:)!!!!


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