This was Gilbert Arenas response to a video clip he posted on his IG of two women playing basketball in lingerie. http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/16/former-nba-star-puts-sexy-video-on-instagram-to-show-what-the-wnba-should-become-video/
“NOW this is what america was hoping for when they announced the #WNBA back in 1996… not a bunch of chicks running around looking like,cast members from #orangeisthenewblack…dont get me wrong,they have few #cutiepies but theres a whole alotta #beanpies running around hahahahahaha if #skylardiggins came out like this,I dont care if she missed every layup..imma buy season tickets and I dont even know where the [expletive] #tulsa is hahahaha #2016newwnbaoutfitPLS and if u think this is sexist,9 times out of 10 u the ugly one and we didnt pay to come see u play anyway #donkeykong …smdh #thiswillbeawesome #soldouteverywhere.”
As a former WNBA player for the Washington Mystics I actually got to witness Gilbert Arenas in person, his playful nature, his willingness to give back to the community, and his intense work ethic. This guy lived, ate and slept on the practice court at the Verizon Center and was an earlier version of a game style that Stephen Curry has now perfected His skills warranted the Washington Wizards to give him a hefty 6-year deal worth 111 million dollars. Many say this rant was a cry from deep within in for someone to remember who he once was before the ignorant decision to carry five guns into a locker room: “relevant”. Now that I’ve refreshed your memory let me proceed.
First, I don’t have a problem with Arenas having his opinions because we are all entitled to our opinions, but the fact that he had to dismiss and demean the women of the WNBA was disheartening and appalling. I’ve heard similar comments and know that many men feel the same way as Arenas, however the fact that he was a former professional athlete hits home with me. He knows the hard work and sacrifice an athlete puts in to make it to the highest level and to use sexism and unwarranted comments to dismiss female ballers and put it in writing is just unacceptable and disturbing.
Secondly, not only did Arenas show a video of two blond Caucasian women playing against each other and then compare them to a league that’s predominantly African American raises another issue on how he doesn’t respect black woman in general. His bitterness towards women is evident in his outspokeness about his wife and sidechicks and groupies, so why would he not add the WNBA ladies in there too. It’s hard to be an athletic woman in today’s society and even harder to be a black, athletic woman in America. Of course, society attempts to dictate to all women what beautiful is and isn’t, and yet black women have to fight increasingly harder to ignore the subtle and obvious insults on their black and brown skin tones, their hair styles, and their bodies. Now, Arenas decides to chime in with his video-take on who he we would actually accept playing our sport and the sad thing is, I’m sure many WNBA athletes (including myself) actually supported him through his gun-brawl during his Washington years. But this is the thanks we get. Athletic women have to constantly fight to accept ourselves and fight through the negative insults heard from not only ignorant men that wish they could play a professional sport but some men that dominate the sports media as well.
Last but not least, Gilbert has daughters that may want to play basketball and be as great as their father once was. I guess she will be only allowed to play the sports you mentioned below in your response to your first rant. Readers take a look at an excerpt from another ignorant comment that he put in writing to justify his first comments.
#Tennis,omg they were short skirts like female..#trackandfield,short tights and crop tops,so we can see abs “we get ass prints and stomachs,in that sport YAY”#volleyball,short tights and booties hanging out the back off their shorts “
You mentioned tennis even though Serena is constantly demeaned for her physique in the short skirts that you referred too. So much that she has to address it and hear it over and over again instead of her power and dominance in the game. I’m just going to be real Caucasian women can get away with wearing some uniforms that the average black athlete with assests can’t. We are scrutinized in all areas of our lives and for another former professional African American male to tear us down and be self righteous about it is just sad, actually there aren’t any words for it. And it is also ironic, being that your own mother ran track and played basketball in what could have been a promising career…(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/27/AR2010032703122_2.html?sid=ST2010032703985)
The reason I couldn’t ignore these comments is because I speak with young ladies that don’t want to play sports because of comments like these. Because they want the boys to like them, they don’t want to beat the boys and be ostracized. Sports are a great way to help young girls develop the self confidence to not get involved with ignorant men like Gilbert and those that support and agree with him. Sports build their self confidence and self worth in a world that especially at a young age can be so rude and cruel.
I will close with this: Gilbert your legacy as a professional ball player has been tarnished and after these degrading comments your legacy will be invisible just like the invisible text app you created. It’s unfortunate that your daughters will have to grow up and read all the clever things that their father wrote. Have you ever thought about what legacy you are leaving them because unlike your app there’s nothing invisible about what you wrote. They and your future grand-kids will actually read what you’ve written years from now which may actually be a good thing as you try to remain relevant. It’s clear that hurting people, hurt people and being abandoned by your own mother had to hurt. Yet, there is no need to make us pay. What you speak into existence always comes back and karma whether good or bad always comes back.