Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 10:10 pm  |  51 responses

Gilbert Arenas Loses His Shoe Deal

Following his day in court today, adidas has kicked Gilbert to the curb. Ouch: “A rep for the company gave TMZ this statement: ‘In response to Gilbert Arenas’ guilty plea to felony charges, adidas has terminated its agreement with the athlete effective immediately.’ Arenas pled guilty to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license. He is due to be sentenced in March.”

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  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    F*ck outta here. This country is a joke.

  • michael scorn

    I would still trade my life with his right now.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    lol at michael scorn…i´d defenetly trade bank accounts with hibachi

  • Hussman25

    He forgot it was about 5…

  • ab_40

    he’ll sign with li ning or something next summer it’s ron artest bad or even worse and he got back too I just wonder who the other player in question is. and I’m ashamed of myself that I am reading ‘news’ that comes from TMZ a statment from tmz? be real that’s not a news source

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    yeah he forgot it was about five n that’s why he lost his deal. If he woulda placed 5 guns by the other dude’s locker or had 5 of his body guards holdin 5 guns each he would still have his deal…

  • nashty

    But of course it’s not Gilbert’s fault.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    I don’t undedstand why Arenas feels the Wizards weren’t supporting him enough. Maybe 300 million dollars with a bum knee would have done it. Arenas is a walking, talking quagmire.

  • Yesse

    This is just stupid.Every athlete who fall’s a little lose their deal’s with some sport clothing company.Tiger Wood’s just had the same problem.If you don’t feel welcome in your team then don’t play.

  • Joe


  • http://none The Philosopher

    What are the Wizards supposed to do? Grunfeld maybe ruined his own career trying to cover this up. Now the powers that be have to act accordingly. The implications are too major for them not to. Arenas has to get over himself. He seems to have the God complex. He does no wrong?

  • BigAndre81

    Smith&Wesson needs a new spokesperson

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    When did he say he has done no wrong?

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Gil Zeros were 90 dollars, now 40 on eastbay. Who said nothing good ever comes from playing with guns…

  • JoelFitz

    I dont understand. The USA is synonymous with guns, they are a part of your popular culture, your constitution supposedly gives you the right to “bear” them, but Arenas is a bad guy because he had some unloaded ones in the arena?? Dont get me wrong, I think it is crazy for the public to have any access to guns, but if you can go and buy one at a corner store then why is Arenas a bad role model?? I understand DC’s more strict laws etc. but isn’t this a problem with the USA, not a problem with Gilbert Arenas??

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    @JoelFitz: the problem with your argument is that it requires an AMerican to think logically and critically without creating logical fallacy. That is the real problem with our country…we’re not very good at thinking…or nuance.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Or ultimate causation…we only see proximate causation. We are very reactionary (the majority that is a.k.a. Joe the Plumbers)

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    AND we place a lot of value on the individual so we often ignore the greater social institutions that give rise to individual decision making. We always blame the individual…not the culture surrounding the individual. That is how you get Rush Limbaugh saying Haitians are lazy and that is why they had an earthquake and we shouldnt help. It is the ultimate realization of individualism. Since an individual can control their destiny, all things are their responsibility NO MATTER WHAT. So although you can buy a gun at the corner store, all individuals (who are “good”) wont ever use them in an inappropriate way.

  • JoelFitz

    That’s a good explanation Albert. I still think Arenas’ situation is indicative of a bigger problem with guns in American culture, but at the least you explained why I dont understand!

  • anton

    Ummmm Yesse…….did you know that apostrophes are only for contractions and such?

  • Dan Ilika

    @Bryan: I don’t really understand your statement? I mean, is this country a joke because a multi-million dollar athlete lost his shoe deal for pleading guilty to felony weapons charges or is this country a joke for allowing anyone access to guns? If your statement is in regards to the latter, then I am in full agreement with; but if it is the former you were referring to, then I think there’s a spot next to Karl Malone on the NRA PR team open for you. I would like to point out that your criticism is pretty unfounded. First of all, he is guilty of carrying a pistol with a license. I would have to say that, in a country where licenses are seemingly given out in Cracker Jack boxes, who’s fault is it that he carried to gun without a license? Second, this has nothing to do with America and everything to do with business. Gilbert Arenas is a role model to kids and represents two international brands that aren’t about to have there face be that of someone who has been receiving negative press regarding gun possession when illegal guns are plaguing the streets of your beloved nation. Do I feel bad for Arenas? Yes. Do I blame Arenas? Yes. I don’t see how anyone can think that he deserves to retain his endorsements after the situation he has placed himself in. If you truly think he deserves to continue to make millions of dollars as an ambassador for corporations like adidas and the NBA I’m afraid you simply feed the stereotype that millions of people around the globe hold of Americans. It’s unintelligent statements like yours that have people the world over maintaining a strong belief, just like you, that, in deed, “this country is a joke.”

  • anti-crust

    even Eastbay dumping them for $40 they will make a profit….saw a ZERO jersey at Champs a few days ago…If these companies want to take a true stance, they would not sell his stuff at all. But this is America, corporate America….

  • BostonBaller

    Forget the shoe deal, this fool could lose 100 Million dollars in contract money over less than $500 bucks. This immature nut “tweetted” what he had done and continues to tweet. I keep saying that some of these guys aren’t bright enough to be this rich and privileged.

  • Jonny C

    @JoelFitz: you cant buy a gun at a corner store here. The USA is not synonymous with guns either, I really dont know why ya’ll from different countries hate on us for this. Do we hate on your countries for having different laws or cultural customs than us? That being said, i agree with you, Gilbert’s guns was unloaded, and being rich and famous makes him more of a target for robbery. Antoine Walker and Eddy Curry? remeber that?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BostonBaller said it right. “I keep saying that some of these guys aren’t bright enough to be this rich and privileged.” True THAT.

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    does any1 read these longass comments.. if your comment is longer than 4 rows im skippin… damn america has spoiled me…

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    I’m not American, so maybe it’s easier to tell from the outside, but it seems really trendy for some people to hate the country that they come from, if that country is the U.S.A. That is seriously scary. That’s how societies get eroded. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    doyouwantmore: Jealousy. I’m beginning to think that. I’ve gotten in so many gun arguments where no one can argue with me logically how guns increase crime, but people keep attacking America anyway. It’s really odd.

  • A Tribe Called Wes

    Gilbert made an unwise decision, and now he has to live with the consequences. If you need a gun, go get one registered to you. Steven Jackson did, and all he got was community service. (and he even fird it a few times. ) Also, why the hell would you play with a gun? I mean gil was one more bad shot away from bein the next Donte Stallworth.

  • Dan Ilika

    @Jukai: Is that a joke? Who are you arguing with that can’t prove to you that guns increase crimes? I’m beginning to think these forums are filled with card-carrying members of the NRA. And I wouldn’t say that it’s so much that guns increase crimes as that gun crimes increase violent crime rates. In countries with heavier firearms restrictions you, naturally, see lower rates of violent crimes. And how did this turn into a debate over gun crimes in America? The point is Gil messed up as a role model and ambassador and doesn’t deserve endorsements with companies that target children as a large part of their respective markets/viewerships.

  • Earl

    Go ahead, Bryan. You royal moron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/01/gilbert-arenas-loses-his-shoe-deal/#comment Oyvind

    Whether you hate america or not, its obvious that gilbert arenas is a d**khead, because he thought it would be “cute” to put guns in a teammates locker. Its f**king idiotic to blame america for that.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    Guns are not the problem, although I believe that a right to bear arms doesn’t equate a right to bear arms everywhere, with any attitude, and any kind you want. The problem is the erosion of morality and personal responsibility in North American culture. The genocide in Rwanda was carried out by radio and machete. The ability to impose, or defend yourself, from violence more effectively has no correlation to the rise in violent tendencies when people lack a moral center or conscience. The right to bear arms is a really important part of your constitution (which, by the way, seems to be a document that gets devalued and reinterpreted more and more every day) but Gilbert’s abuse of his right to bear arms by treating them like toys and not weapons is the reason why he’s getting exactly what he deserves.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    “Guns are not the problem” BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Am I actually reading these things?!?

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    to BigAndre81:
    Hahaha! good one BigAndre, Gil should be in the next cover of Guns and Ammo and be the spokesperson for the Gun he was caught with.. team signature series sucks anyways

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Same thing happened to Kobe in ’04. Gil will be a Nike Head next season.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Dan Ilika: 100% NOT TRUE. You have done no research, my friend. Scandonavia and many areas of the UK have gun laws essentially the same as America yet they mimic the crime levels of most of Europe. Russia and Mexico have SEVERE restrictions on gun laws yet they triple to quadrupole the homicide rate that America has. Once again, you are just some self-righteous prick who knows nothing about the subject but loves to believe he does.
    Did you know the most violent areas of America have the strickest gun laws? Did you know that every time there is an advancement in the abilities of guns, crime drops?
    Now, I’m certainly not saying the situation is black and white and these statistics are misleading: the US probably needs stricker gun laws. But I hate how Europeans will look at America and see the crime rate and draw conclusions that in no way mimic actual statistics. It’s ridiculous, and actually embarrassing.
    Thanks for participating though.

  • chintao

    Canadians are basically Americans. They are fooling themselves if they think they have a substantially different outlook on anything. The people who come from America and hate it are the only ones who understand the fiendish hypocrisy that permeates that place. It’s not a fashion statement. It’s an accurate and undeluded appraisal. If people in the U.S. would wake-up, maybe it could meet one-tenth of its promise.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Thank you, Jukai.

  • cool j

    Jukai,a spokesperson for the NRA couldn’t have said it any better.It is not as simple as you put it,there a few reasons why the US has bigger number of gun crimes.
    You mix-in a culture of violent crimes plus the availability on guns.The fact that DC has a strict gun is almost meaningless because of the loose guns laws in many US states.
    The UK has a strict gun law and thus has an even lower gun crime rate than Canada(btw most the guns used in crimes in Canada come illegally accross the US border)
    If you flood Spain,France or Italiy with 50 million guns …guess What ? the gun crime rate will go up quickly not as much as the US because of different socio-economic and cultural realities, but still one person killed by a gun is one too many imo!

  • m-blog

    These companies are a joke. don’t get mad at theses athletes when they don’t live up to your moral expectations ..You knew it when you signed him ..

  • Dan Ilika

    @Jukai: Whether you make valid points (which is questionable) or not, you failed to adress any of my points. You seem to make a case for yourself being a self-righteous prick. May we please have a round of applause for your ability to search things on Wikipedia.
    My point was–and still is–gun crimes increase violent crime rates in the US. And as for your point that firearms restrictions in the UK are “essentially the same as America yet they mimic the crime levels of most of Europe,” well that is simply not true. The gun laws in Britain are much more restrictive than those of the United States and the majority of Britain’s violent crime is committed using non-firearms as weapons. And your point that Mexico has high gun restrictions isn’t exactly true. First, Mexico, just like its northern neighbor, gives its citizens the right to carry a firearm. And second, and more importantly, without ANY enforcement when it comes to these laws, how are they even relevant?
    You, my friend, also overlook the presence of illegal guns, which is sad. Did you know that most guns used to commit violent crimes in North America are, or have been at one point, registered? The issues lies in illegal firearms sales (often done in the parking lots of gun expos) and poor storage of guns (often leading to people stealing them).
    To borrow from a self-righteous prick, I hate how Americans look at America and see the crime rate and draw conclusions that in no way mimic actual statistics. It’s ridiculous, and actually embarrassing.
    Thanks for participating, though.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    cool j: Wow, we have more gun crimes with more guns around? Crazy. Totally shocking. I guess gun deaths are worse than other types of homicide for some reason…?
    Homicide is homicide. People will find other ways to kill each other.
    Dan Ilika: Do some research. I said the UK, not Britain. They are different. You are wrong about Mexico too— looks like someone should have checked out Wikipedia. To get a gun in Mexico, you need to go through the Ministry of Defense who has to give you the green light (which rarely does) and only handguns… it is NOTHING like the United States.
    So, in essence, you’ve blatantly lied about two of the nations I’ve mentioned and haven’t found a way to counter anything I’ve said about the other nations. You did copy and paste something I wrote though.
    Cool beans. Try reading a book, bro.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Europeans are just so scared of guns, it’s ridiculous.

  • Dan Ilika

    @Jukai:I’ll start off by apologizing to you. I should have been more specific when I referred to the United Kingdom. But alas, your petty attempts to nitpick are absolutely embarrassing. How did I blatantly lie? Because I pointed out that the millions of illegal guns on the streets of North America are the cause of the largest part of the problem? I guess you’re right, BRO. Do you really and truly believe that criminals in Mexico use guns licensed to them by the Ministry of Defense? I feel for you, BRO. And really, anyone who truly believes that guns on the streets of Mexico have all gone through the Mexican government really needs to get outside (isn’t it kind of dark in your mom’s basement, anyhow? ‘Call of Duty’ must mean a lot to you.) You know, I’m going to have to embarrass you here and retort by saying it is EXACTLY like the United States. You see, the Mexican Constitution states, much like its American counterpart, that all citizens have the right to bear arms. Whether the venue to own one be the Ministry of Defense or otherwise, it’s the same guideline. I mean, I’m embarrassed to be having this conversation. If you truly believe that guns don’t contribute to violent crime rates in America, then I hate to say it but you are a lost soul. Let’s be honest: would a shooting like Columbine occurred if bullets weren’t available at the local superstore?
    You haven’t proven anything other nor have you countered any of my sentiments. Let me put it to you as plainly as possible: GUNS, AND ILLEGAL GUNS, CONTRIBUTE LARGELY TO THE VIOLENT CRIME RATES IN THE US. ARENAS IS A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND DESERVES TO LOSE HIS SHOE DEAL, WHICH IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. Well, at least Gil has you and Flip Saunders in his corner. You are probably the worst lobbyist in the world when it comes to this stuff. And all because some basketball player got busted with illegal guns. Oh, and who are these Europeans you keep referring to?

  • buppie

    These companies hardly seem like a joke.
    It’s no joke that Arenas DREW A WEAPON ON A TEAMMATE (or ANYBODY). You bet they get mad because most contracts have some sort of moral turpitude clause. Arenas knew it when he signed it. Arenas got EXACTLY what he should expect. There isn’t a single context in which his behavior is anything but repugnant.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Dan Ilika: There was a massive school shooting in Germany a couple of months ago. Bullets aren’t openly available in stores all around Germany. How did this happen?
    You really do live a very sheltered life. You keep naming things happening in America, yet you don’t seem to know anything else happening anywhere. It’s startling.
    Europe is in it’s own little zone, and should be proud of it’s low crime-rate throughout its more civilized countries… but as I’ve stated many times, there are a handful of European countries (please look up the gun laws in Sweeden, Norway, Denmark, etc.) that have very, very lax gun laws that mimic the crime levels of the the European nations around them.
    If you keep ignoring the statistics I’m throwing out at you, then yeah, we can have this debate till the end of time, but if you actually address what I’m saying to you (and you throw out statistics back at me instead of just stating your opinion) then this conversation will be very short.
    If the gun availability around DC is an issue, explain to me why countries around Scandinavia don’t see a rise in gun crimes? Explain why Britain doesn’t see a rise in crime with all the areas around it having lax gun laws? Once again, you’re stating things without looking at other instances and noting the lack of similarities.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Ohhhh boy, I missed the part where you mentioned that most of the guns in Mexico were illegal… which seems to be exactly the opposite of what you said about the US, which is that most gun crimes are caused by citizens with licenses. Great. So I guess you could say it’s TOTALLY country dependent than.
    Oh, and don’t give me that BS that Mexican gun laws are identical to US gun laws. That’s CRAP.
    Mexican citizens can really only own a .22 or .380 caliber rifle, non-automatic, after going through a far stricter background check. How is this similar to the USA? This is embarrassingly different.
    And you still have not yet addressed Russia, which is the real monkey wrench to your argument, since it’s similar size and greater population than any European country: Russia had massive gun changes in the 80s-90s where massive restrictions were put up. The majority of those years had Russia pretty much mimicking the USA in terms of homicide and violent crime. Nowadays? They have four times the amount of homicide and twice the amount of violent crime.
    How do you explain this away? Can you?

  • chap

    haha @ not goin outside and its getting dark in moms basement..homie got owned

    anyway gils immature, i dont really feel bad but im not happy actually really dissapointed but ahh oh well.. cant wait for lakers vs cavs revenge time without the guns haha

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    I’ll digress for a second and say a few points:
    I’m not an NRA spokesperson. There is no reason why someone should own military-fully automatic weapons. There is no reason why 18-year-olds should be able to go out and buy guns. There is no reason we should have so many gun shows needlessly glorifying guns. This is all pointless. There should be greater and stricter gun laws.
    On the same note, Arenas SHOULD lose his shoe contract. Never said he shouldn’t.
    But I never EVER will believe any country needs the insane gun laws that most European countries have. They are paranoid and needlessly-useless.
    Also, LZ owes me an apology. He yelled at me for saying Scandinavian countries have lax gun laws, and I conceded to him, saying I must have been thinking of the Czech Republic (which also is known for incredibly lax gun laws) but I was right, the majority of Scandinavian countries have very few gun laws. What’s up with that?

  • Dan Ilika

    Jukai: Aside from your recent revelation that you aren’t an NRA spokesperson–which I’m hesitant to believe–you’ve basically regurgitated the opposite of what you’ve been arguing all along, with some slight exceptions.
    How can you truly believe that highly restrictive gun laws are needless/useless yet in the next breath say that gun shows, glorifying guns, etc. is pointless? It’s a contradiction. As for you saying that I said, “most of the guns in Mexico were illegal… which seems to be exactly the opposite of what you said about the US, which is that most gun crimes are caused by citizens with licenses,”–well that’s just not what I said at all. First of all, I said that most guns are or have been at one point registered. I followed that up by saying that the issues lies in illegal firearms sales (often done in the parking lots of gun expos) and poor storage of guns (often leading to people stealing them).
    Now, I’m not trying to insult you here; in fact, it’s the complete opposite. You see, I thought you were intelligent enough to be able to put two and two together and understand that after a registered weapon is illegally sold or stolen the registration does not carry over. I guess I thought too highly of you, but that is what that means. Never did I say that gun crimes are caused by citizens with licenses. I mean, I guess, in a roundabout way, you can lay some of the blame on those people that these guns were once registered to, as if they would have taken the proper avenues to sell their weapons or done a better job storing them we would see a decrease in these transactions/incidents. As far as your rant about other countries, we can get in to that as in-depth as you want, but I was under the impression that this discussion was about the US. Yes, gun crimes take place everywhere regardless of gun laws, but you really believe that one incident in Germany is comparable to the countless incidents in the US? (Those fluorescent are bad for you, you know.)
    Why do I not throw out stats? I don’t have time. Between living a life that isn’t dependent on my mother’s cooking and an Xbox Live account, I don’t trust Wikipedia as a source. To me, open-source data that anyone can add to doesn’t equate to adequate proof of theories, etc. Thanks for coming out, though.
    Read a book, bro.