I'm getting a little sick of hearing about "Gungate". True, that is mostly do to the fact that it is sheds even more bad light on my favorite NBA team. But mostly it is because these things tend to snowball out of control, whether it be because of false information, or from the guilty party digging themselves a deeper hole in an attempt to escape the situation. Either way, like I said, it turns into something much worse than it actually is.
Anyway, before this goes too far down the wrong path, I figured I would offer a perspective I haven't heard yet.First of all, let me predicate this by admitting that when this story initially broke, one of the first things that came to my mind was, "Hey, maybe we can void Arenas' contract and start to turn this team around." And I know I wasn't the only one thinking along those lines. As much as I've loved Gil since he came here, I am not sure that he will ever be the same player he once was, and therefor not worth the salary of a superstar. So, if he's not worth his contract, wouldn't it be nice if the Wizards could somehow find a way out of the deal? Once again, I know I'm not alone in these assessments. Enter Gungate.
The story sounded so preposterous at first that I hardly paid attention. But once some credible sources started reporting on it, I took heed. And I quickly realized that his could get very bad very quick. I thought. "How could Gilbert do something so stupid? What, if anything, was he thinking? They need to throw the book at him."
But over the last few days, as I've listened to the opinions of people all over the area, be it callers into the radio shows, or the hosts themselves, I have gained a different perspective on the whole thing. Did Arenas make a mistake? Yes. A huge one. But I have begun to look at it in a totally different light. I, like many of others, don't think for a minute that Gilbert intended any harm on anybody. I think he is a little immature, and that trait got the better of him in this instance. Did he break the law? Probably. Should he be punished? Yes. But I think the only punishment should come from the league, and I don't think it should be anywhere near the punishment Ron Artest received.
Now I know a lot of people will say that I am biased here because I am a Wizards fan. But that has nothing to do with it. I just think that people need a little perspective. Now, I admit, I am going off of all the reports I've heard that there was no ammunition anywhere near these guns. And I am also assuming that everyone present was aware of this. Obviously Crittendon was, if he did indeed throw the gun across the floor. So, given these two nuggets of info, I find some of these people calling for Arenas' jailtime to be somewhat hypocritical. The guy made a mistake, simple as that. No malice intended, nobody got hurt. Do you really think this guy is a criminal? Is he really a danger to society? Not in my book. In fact, I would argue that he has done much more good than harm to society. OK, I know, the law is the law, right? Well, consider this. Have any of you ever been in a fight? Ever threatened someone while pissed off? I have. Well, people are put in jail for these things too. I've also gone double the speed limit before. Jailtime offense. Hell, I know PLENTY of people (not me, of course RIAA) who stole music during Napster's heydey. Any of you do that? Illegal too.
Sorry, I guess this thing got away from me a little. I didn't intend for it to be this long. I've just gotten tired of hearing all these people the last few days who want to condemn this guy, and basically ruin his life, for a stupid mistake that harmed, nor intended to harm, no one. I think these people need to think about it from a different perspective . If they, or someone close to them, were in the exact situation, would they want that person to go to jail? I doubt it. Anyway, like I said. This is a lot longer than I thought it would be. I guess I could have just said *"Glass Houses."*