November 27, 2007, - 1:25 pm

New Father of the Year Nominee: NBA Star Gilbert Arenas “Ask[s] For Space, You Know” From His Kids

By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, I’ve frequently said that I think too often our society is down on men and fathers. But I’ve also pointed out that, when it comes to celebs, our country is all too ready to give bad celeb fathers a pass. Draft dodger and deadbeat parent Ted Nugent is Exhibit A. But NBA Star Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards is down there with him.
This guy–who is on the bench and not playing for three months due to injury–gets the nomination for Father Of The Year. Get a load of what he writes on his blog on the NBA’s official website. Is this really the kind of thing the NBA condones? Sadly, yes. OY! Double OY!:

For the road trip, I’ll probably stick around D.C. and rehab, unless it’s a long one and I’ll go just to get out of the house. I don’t know.

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I’m going to stay positive this time, because feeling sorry for myself didn’t work last time. It just kind of hurt that everything I did this summer really meant nothing, to the point where I’m rehabbing again. I guess I was doing too much. I wasn’t giving myself enough time to let my muscles heal. Running bleachers, riding bikes and doing all that stuff was just a little too much.
You know what? When stuff goes bad it goes bad. I just broke up with my girlfriend and I don’t get to see my kids for a while because of the breakup.
That happened right before those two games last week. I was so happy, went out and performed well with 30 and 11 and came back the next night with 28 and I was thinking, “Oh yeah, it was her that was bringing my spirits down . . .”
Now she’s back in California. You ask for space, you know, because everything feels closed in . . . the house is dirty, the kids are drawing on the walls and on the couches and you’re thinking, “Oh man, I can’t do this. I’m not playing well and I’m coming home to all this.”
So you ask for space and now you got clean walls, clean furniture and you’re lonely.

And now you got to sit out three months. Oh man. I guess it has to get bad so it can get good.
I’m not talking to my girlfriend. There’s a thing, “Watch what you say,” sometimes. She said, “I don’t want you to call me. I don’t want you to ask me about the kids. We’re going to do this on our own.”
So, I decided, “OK.”
Some things, if you don’t mean them, don’t say them.
Now she’s mad that I’m not returning her calls. I guess she’s mad actually, I don’t know. Me and her brother are very cool so he goes, “Why don’t you just talk to her?”
“Well, she just told me last week not to call her.”
She told me I needed to start paying attention and listening from now on, now I’m paying attention and listening.

Oh, and I almost forgot the best part, which sounds like the perfect utterance of the perfect family man. Did you ever hear of “My Girl Power” or “Operation Gilbert Arenas”? No, it’s not a new feminist group of NBA fans or his knee operation:

My Girl Power
I know everybody has been hearing about my Girl Power group. If you didn’t know, I have a group of women that follow me around the world wearing shirts that say “Operation Gilbert Arenas.” Oh man, that’s when you know you’ve made it. Our security guard, Jackie Miles, told me. He was like, “Yeah, you know, we have these ladies out here with the best shirts in the world. They’ve been following you from city to city just trying to get you to notice them.”
They had on these shirts with “Operation Gilbert Arenas” on them with little diamonds and everything. It was kind of funny. I guess they already had one lady picked out to get the jersey and everything, so I gave it to her.
I don’t think any other athletes have “Operation” anything.

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Groupie “Amanda” of Operation Gilbert Arenas

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More Operation Gilbert Arenas Groupies

Well, gee, aren’t you da’ man? Shout out to the idiot-ettes of Operation Gilbert Arenas. And I hope you’re all on birth control. Gee, I wonder why his girlfriend and mother of his kids won’t talk to him.
Dude, Grow The Hell Up! Who needs “Days of Our Lives,” when you can have “Eons of Arenas”?
More proof that multi-millionairism doesn’t buy you class. This guy is like the Black Britney Spears. A total mess.
This is the NBA. “I Love This Game.”
PS: Wonder what his kids wrote on the walls. Maybe, “Where’s my daddy?” Or, “Do I have a daddy?”
Arenas calls himself, “Agent Zero.” More like, Complete Zero.

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10 Responses

Money isn’t everything, and I guess money cannot buy happiness. But drop a couple hundred grand in my lap and I’ll show you the happiest guy in town and the kids can write whatever they want on the walls and I just may help them. As far as manners go, I would be so thankful not to have to worry about the next rent payment that I would kiss babies and volunteer for a new charity every day. This guy is beyond idiot.

JoeBoy on November 27, 2007 at 2:16 pm

I no longer watch NBA basketball, with very few exceptions, because the culture of the ghetto has become the dominant image of the league. Ever since I was a kid (in the 1970s), there always has been a majority of black players in the NBA, but in the past decade or so (after the Magic-Bird era ended and the MJ era was fading out), the ghetto took over. Now all we see are thuggish frowns, cornrows, tattoos, poor sportmanship, selfish play, and terrible off court behavior, i.e., drugs, violence, debauchery, illegitimacy. The NBA these days has much more in common with “gangsta rap” than with pick-and-rolls. The popularity of the league is declining because the worst elements of black culture in this country are destroying the league, both from an athletic/artistic perspective and from a commercial/public relations perspective. Is it any coincidence that the best team in the league for several years now (San Antonio Spurs) fields a team whose principal players are not American-born blacks? And that the single most exciting player in the league is a white Canadian? For all his considerable gifts, LeBron James will never be as compelling a player as Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan, and the difference is cultural, not physical.

RepublicanPatriot on November 27, 2007 at 2:26 pm

“So you ask for space and now you got clean walls, clean furniture and you’re lonely”
I don’t think you’re getting this guy. He always writes these stream of consciousness postings on his website. From what I read, It seems like he is regretful, that he played well without the distractions, but now that he has the clean house he was complaining about, he realizes he has lost out.

Staypositive on November 27, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Umm okay, RepublicanPatroit, i could care less whether you watch the NBA or not but are you saying that the NBA became classless ever since blacks became the majority? I’m not surprised that you infer that but just so you know, the 80s and 90s were the greatest eras on basketball and the dominant stars were ummm …… BLACK.
You may object to cornrows and what have you, but you have no right to criticize black male NBA players with rigid, narrow racially-loaded epithets which only reveal your true colors.
It’s funny how you mention “the worst elements of black culture”. Case in point hockey. Did you know that hockey has a fanbase that is dwindling faster than a 60 year old Ashlee Simpson? By the same “logic” you’ve used, one could say that is because of the worst elements of white culture. And what exactly would constitute “white culture”? Drunkenness? massive gun ramapages? fights with fans and other players? Now do you see how foolish you sound?
The popularity of the NBA is anything but declining. Basketball is the fastest growing sport in Eastern Europe and Asia (especially China) and it is so global that the NBA has opened outlets in many European countries. In fact, they have a brief “NBA Europe” tour where several NBA teams play European ones. I bet you don’t know that. Sure, it may be losing popularity in America but the NBA is bigger around the world and guess what, the world does not evolve around America, at least not any more.
The San Antonio Spurs are the best team simply because they are the best. They play with grace, ambition, dedication and commitment and that is hardly race (or culture) specific. The Los Angeles Lakers won three straight rings in 2000-2002, but guess what, the majority of the players were black.
The single most exciting player is Steve Nash? Seriously, your dealers need a raise because their shit is working real well. Dude, Kobe Bryant is the single most exciting, spectacular, drilled and talented player in the league and no amount of undeserved accolades (voted for mainly by whites) will change that. And neither will your false posturing.
“For all his considerable gifts, LeBron James will never be as compelling a player as Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan, and the difference is cultural, not physical.”
Now this is perhaps the only part i agree with.

Emperor on November 27, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Um, thanks for the rebuttal, Emperor, but you need to read more carefully.
Nothing in my post suggested there was anything wrong with the majority black NBA prior to the last decade or so. I agree with you that the 1980s and parts of the 1990s were great eras for pro basketball.
Yet you apparently believe that criticizing ghetto culture — which is an individually and socially destructive force in our society — equates with racism. You must be one of those poor, deluded folks who defend the “hood” because you believe that thugs and whores and bums are “the black community.” Your protestations prove my point.
As for hockey, what’s your point? That “white” sports can be unpopular too? That white athletes can be undisciplined and violent and loutish too? Of course they can. Do you think this is a profound observation?
On the other hand, if you truly believe that the incidence of drugs, crime, promiscuity, illegitimacy, etc., is as high among whites as among blacks, then you need to educate yourself about the facts of life. Granted, these are hard, unpleasant facts. But denying them won’t change them or make them go away. Neither will *defending* them. Only confronting them can lead to progress and improvement.
Yes, we can disagree about Nash versus Kobe or James or whomever. Arguments can be made for several such players. But I’ll take Nash’s team play, determination, and focused attitude over Kobe’s individual but erratic and thin-skinned brilliance anyday.

RepublicanPatriot on November 27, 2007 at 5:21 pm

You guys can argue until the end of time as to who the greatest player is in the NBA. Have fun. I live in the L.A. Harbor area and the Lakers have always been my team. However, I quit watching the Lakers after the 2004 playoffs because There IS a difference between the 2000 – 2002 lakers and the later teams. It DOES have to do with Kobe becoming a selfish run and gun player. When Shaq, Karl Malone, and Payton played in the 2003-2004 version they could back up his selfish BS, but he doesn’t have that luxury now. When Detroit was giving the Lakers an ass-whipping in the 2004 playoffs I remember one shot Kobe attempted with three Pistons guarding him. He tried to force up a shot when three other Lakers were open and right then and there I knew the Pistons were gonna win the series. It doesn’t have shit to do with race. The players in the NBA have all to some extent become run and gun selfish clowns. It’s indicative of American culture. If the shoe fits wear it. As far as I’m concerned the Lakers need to get rid of Kobe and find a player who can share the ball. It takes a team to paraphrase an idiot running for President.

Rich B on November 27, 2007 at 5:36 pm

I suggest that our matriarch for this site contact Abe Pollen, the team owner and ask him why he thinks Arenas us a class act. I can’t imagine that you can really get to know who the guy is from reading a few postings. I think your over reacting Debbie on this one.

warpmine on November 27, 2007 at 7:40 pm

One more thing. Want to know why the Europeans have been able to have such success against the American teams in the last few years? They finally figured out how to exploit the major weakness of our teams which is; American teams don’t play team basketball anymore. BTW, Steve Nash beats Kobe any day of the week on a team setting. One on one, Kobe probably wins every time. Race doesn’t have a damn thing to do with it. Kobe is a ball hog and everyone knows it. Excitement doesn’t mean jack. I want to see the Lakers win.

Rich B on November 27, 2007 at 7:45 pm

RepublicanPatriot, you’re a muthafucking fool. And thanks for proving that with this …..
“On the other hand, if you truly believe that the incidence of drugs, crime, promiscuity, illegitimacy, etc., is as high among whites as among blacks, then you need to educate yourself about the facts of life. Granted, these are hard, unpleasant facts. But denying them won’t change them or make them go away. Neither will *defending* them. Only confronting them can lead to progress and improvement”.
What? Have you read the stats lately? Whites account for 73% of all the drug users in America (that is in spite of the fact that blacks are 66% of those convicted of drug offenses?) Actually, man, it’s you who needs to re-educate yourself. Whites (the group with racial privilege in the U.S.) are far more likely to drive drunk, have a rate of child molestation and sexual violence against children that is 75 percent higher than that for blacks, and are equally or more likely to use drugs than blacks or Latinos. In fact, white high schoolers are more likely to use every category of drug than blacks, according to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control.
The stats regarding crime are ridiculously flawed and i don’t have enough time to prove it to you but let me leave you with a tip : What is really absurd here is your tendency to act as if white people were ever innocent, upstanding citizens compared to the rest of the country. Even as far back as 1966, a national survey of 15-17 year old white males found that virtually all had committed numerous criminal offenses, from breaking and entering, to minor property destruction, to armed robbery.
Promiscuity – hmmh. I’m glad you brought that up because most prostitution rings, brothels and absurdly outrageous sexual practices are done by white people. Surely, even you know that. Urban and suburban high school students are equally likely to have had sexual intercourse, with suburban students having had sex at an earlier age, on average and suburban students are more likely to have commitment-free sex, and there are no real urban/suburban differences in rates of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, or rates of pregnancy or abortion. These are facts from the Manhattan Institute, hardly a liberal bastion.
Perhaps illegitimacy is higher amongst blacks than whites, but illegitimacy in America is at an all-time high, irrespective of racial groups. Even whites’ have a 30% illegitimacy rate so don’t try to pin that shit on blacks.
Who determines whether “ghetto culture” is an individually and socially destructive force in our society? You? Me? Your grandfather? Micky Mouse? And can you briefly define what “ghetto culture” is? Until then, the blatant bigotry, ignorance and prejudice in your beliefs couldn’t be more evident.
“Yes, we can disagree about Nash versus Kobe or James or whomever. Arguments can be made for several such players. But I’ll take Nash’s team play, determination, and focused attitude over Kobe’s individual but erratic and thin-skinned brilliance anyday” ….
Okay, if picking an obviously overrated player simply because he’s white makes you feel better, go for it but the truth is, Kobe is the better man and if surrounded by the caliber of players that Nash is (who are mainly black by the way), he’d have more rings than his name.
Lastly, can we get off this “Want to know why the Europeans have been able to have such success against the American teams in the last few years” bullshit because since 2000, only three European teams have beaten the United States in major competitions and they are Yugoslavia, Lithuania and Greece. Apart from that, they have been dominant and the reason why it seems like a big deal to everyone is because the world still recognizes the United States as the best.
Its funny how i don’t hear this crap of selfishness, bad sportmanship and dedication when the United States baseball team (comprising mainly of white players) get their asses handed to them by the likes of Japan and Cuba.

Emperor on November 28, 2007 at 9:22 am

Agent Zero is a P.I.M.P. Bonus marks for all white girls.

travis on November 28, 2007 at 4:27 pm

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