I hoped that a post I wrote on December 17, 2015, would be the only take I would have to write on former Wizards star Gilbert Arenas and silly things he said on his Instagram account.
As you may recall, he wrote several offensive posts on the WNBA, which sparked a response from the league and many players. 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne introduced the #ByeGilbert hashtag, which trended among women's basketball fans.
Since that time, he took those posts down, as well as one showing his son on the hood of a Polaris Slingshot. And this month, he posted some tasteless comments about Flint, Michigan's water crisis, which you can read at Ebony.com. Along the way, he posted this (profane language) earlier in the week (you can find the IG post on other sites):
gilbertarenasrealrealitytv - You kick me out your strip club, you getting robbed.....I know what yall thinking(soft ass aint robbing no body) I would like to inform all the big ballers out there,im the reason BIG strip clubs #fingerprint now hahaha..I'll order $80,000 worth of ones,throw about $40,000 of it to the strippers,sneak the rest out the club...have one of my #teammatessign that bill....wake up the next day,call#americanexpress(my card was stolen at the strip club last night,and these charges aint mines) with a (no questions asked policy)once they see its not ur signture,they refund you ALL your money back lmaoooo soooo I got the $80,000 I spent back..PLUS the $40,000 I took out the club... #aintnotrickingbihh strippers gave me that vagina on the house,it cost me nothing hahahaha #howyoudoing#ranoffontheclubTWICE #smartniggashit#greatinvestment #KOD'S #MAGICCITYjust call it a club appearance fee lmaooo
Pissing off the WNBA with misogynistic comments is not a good thing. But it's not illegal to piss off the WNBA simply by saying that the league is "full of ugly lesbians."
It is a completely different issue when someone openly brags about illegal activity. Since the company was mentioned in the post, American Express has begun to examine Arenas' claim. But a spokesman said that such activity is highly unlikely because of the amount of money involved according to Hip Hollywood.
Either way, I've had enough of hearing about Arenas and these posts. I'm sick and tired of seeing every blunder he makes because the Wizards and the 2009 gun incident always get tied with it.
Sure, he's no longer on the team, and it's unlikely that Monumental Sports wants to associate with him in the near future. But whether we like it or not, the Wizards are the team he will always be associated with the most.
Not the Warriors. Not the Magic. Not the Grizzlies. He will always be considered part of the Wizards for the good and bad things he has done while he was in Washington.
I get that there are plenty of silly comments made on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram on a daily basis. And I'm a proponent of the First Amendment: everyone deserves freedom of speech. Having said that, isn't there a certain line when Instagram has to say enough is enough?
Arenas, like any other American has the right to give any opinion he wants. He has the right to give opinions most would consider dumb. Instagram or any social media network should not take down his account for that alone.
But the man has been posting things that are getting him in legal trouble. Things like the video of his son on the hood of a Polaris Slingshot and the note about allegedly defrauding American Express. When posts start becoming part of criminal or civil investigations, shouldn't that be the time when Instagram realizes that an account should go down?
It's painfully obvious that Arenas doesn't know when to stop. But if I'm someone at Instagram, I'd take down his -- or any account -- that starts talking about illegal activity or is involved in a known civil dispute. If that isn't a rule or is allowed, then it should be.
Unfortunately, until Arenas' account is taken down permanently, we're always going to have to deal with these "Gilbert being Gilbert" moments, even if he does something worse.
How Instagram allows someone to keep posting despite being in legal situations because of it is beyond me.