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Monday, January 4th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  34 responses

Guns in the NBA

Some players say they feel the need to own one (and even cite their fundamental right to do so), but I suspect that the number of firearms owned by players is higher than David Stern might like: “Reached after practice Friday, Nets guard Devin Harris shed light on a potentially frightening situation for the NBA. He estimated that as many as 75% of players in the league own guns. ‘I mean, look at the situation,’ said Harris, who added that he does not own a gun. ‘A lot of guys have been robbed. A couple of guys, God rest their souls, have passed away. I guess they feel like they need some sort of protection, I don’t know. I can’t speak for everybody. I’d say between 60 and 75% (of players own guns).’ Nets teammate Jarvis Hayes, who played with Arenas in Washington from 2003-07, agreed with Harris’ estimate – and he’s among the NBA players who pack heat. ‘Yeah, I have (a gun),’ Hayes said. ‘It’s in Atlanta, not here.”‘

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  • Kevin

    Bang!!!

  • fizzrocket

    @Kevin: Way to be mature man.

  • rikson

    God save the second Amendment….

  • boy sanchez

    Dress-Code Talk era is over, time for the Weapon-Code Talk era to begin!

  • Kevin

    Trying to get into Arena’s $30million shoes

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    A lot of these guys are ‘targets’ and I understand why they feel they need guns. Clearly it’s a right and I just hope that they excecise it appropriately. I’m not sure what the history is, but it doesn’t seem like a major issue in sports. Plaxico and now agent is getting a lot of media attention. Delonte West issues are documented as well, but I can’t really think of that many athletes who have actually had ‘issues’ with guns. Without using google, I can’t come up with many at all.

  • WOODY

    Celebrities attract strange people. Any celebrity should have a gun and/or a bodyguard. Fame, unfortunately, is dangerous. But not in the locker room.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    There was a quote that I read that should be noted. “The commissioner called the issue of players carrying guns an “alarming subject” in October 2006, adding ‘that although you’ll read players saying how they feel safer with guns, in fact those guns actually make them less safe.’ “

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    No need for guns man, just hire a bodyguard.

  • ReppinChi-Town

    All athletes hold the same rights as us “regular people.” There’s no reason that players should not be allowed to pack heat. As long as they do it legaly, they should be allowed the same opportunities as the rest of society. There’s no reason that players should have to spend their hard earned money on a bodyguard when they have the ability and the right to protect themselves! And what should they do when an incident occurs and their bodyguard happens to be off duty? What then? Should they call him and have him come over and settle everything?…Again, as long as athletes are going about carrying firearms in a legal manner, there should be no problem with it.

  • ReppinChi-Town

    All athletes hold the same rights as us “regular people.” There’s no reason that players should not be allowed to pack heat. As long as they do it legaly, they should be allowed the same opportunities as the rest of society. There’s no reason that players should have to spend their hard earned money on a bodyguard when they have the ability and the right to protect themselves! And what should they do when an incident occurs and their bodyguard happens to be off duty? What then? Should they call him and have him come over and settle everything?…Again, as long as athletes are going about carrying firearms in a legal manner, there should be no problem with it.

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  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    I’m sure that after the Hodge case, many who didn’t pack started packing.
    Players have the law on their side. If Stern wants to do something against the players he should first go have a talk with mayor Bloomberg to discuss this underlying prblem. People get real funny in this country when you mention the 2nd amendment.
    If they do decide to come up with some weapon code they better keep the details completely anonymous to protect the players.
    @Nupe, I can only think of Jayson Williams.

  • JD

    Theres no point in people having guns, but it doesn’t matter 4 the NBA as long as they don’t take them 2 the locker room like Gil did

  • tavoris

    this is a touchy subject. On one hand, these guys are HUGE influences on the youth. On the other hand, they are HUGE targets to the not-so-young. Ultimately, it’s the price of celebrity. Funny that 20 mil/year actors don’t have these issues, as they hire security personnel 2 ensure their safety.
    @Nupe-Stephen Jackson also had an issue while at Indiana…otherwise, it’s not much of an issue.

  • http://www.slamonline.com barnabusb

    How many people bring their guns to their work place? You can have a gun, just don’t bring it to work like Gil did.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    nobody remembers what happened in chicago to eddy curry and his family? toine and his family? home invasion is no joke

  • andrew

    Surely if your carrying guns legally for protection its safer to bring them into work in a locked container and have them stored securely than to just leave them in your car for anyone to break in and rob?

  • Buschfiya

    I’m from Canada, I’m against guns, two good friends of mine were murdered with guns, I feel in the states the laws are retarded in terms of guns, no one should need to carry a hand gun. BUT BUT it is unforunatley legal…so by all means players like any other person in the US has the right to own firearms, just don’t bring it to work! or school! if you have the rights to these things even though i don’t believe in it, you need to be responsible with it. thats all i’m saying.

  • jdubbs29

    Andrew, I’m pretty sure you can’t have them in your car, either. So if you don’t want to keep them at home, you probably just shouldn’t have them.
    And lets face it, with a little common sense and some protection when you’re out and about, you can avoid most situations without gunplay.

  • str8 from samoa

    all you need is your fists. be a man!!!!

  • tavoris

    Tarzan-i didn’t want to bring up either of those unfortunate situations…

  • tavoris

    regardless of ur position, GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE. Stupid and/or malicious people kill people. Stupid and/or malicious will try to kill with or without the availability of a freaking gun.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I don’t see this as a big issue… most major athletes do… as long as they’re not bringing it into the locker room, they’re fine.

  • fizzrocket

    Jukai: It wouldn’t be an issue if stuff like what Arenas did kept happening over the years…eventually someone’s gonna bust caps on someone else and it’s all gonna blow up.

  • rav

    dev should never have admitted he doesnt have a gun as he’s gonna get robbed bigtime soon

  • http://www.slamonline.com barnabusb

    Also: stop snitching, Devin.

  • WOODY

    The reason it’s called a, “carrying a concealed weapon”, permit is that of course you can carry it in your car or on your person. That’s the reason for the permit. Carrying it into your workplace is allowed unless the workplace has rules against it. Pulling it on a coworker is extremely illegal, (unless of course, the coworker pulled it on you first). With the money they make and the targets they are, I bet 90% of the NBA players are armed.

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    Arena’s was just trying to show that a ‘run & gun’ offense can work for defense as well.

  • Michael Scorn

    This is why I chose not to be a professional athlete or rich.

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    @Tarzan: But can you name me an incident where an NBA athlete (a) was shot because an interloper was armed and the NBA athlete wasn’t ; (b) defended himself with a firearm and saved his own or another person’s life or protected his property?

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    arenas gave people who arent fans of the nba a reason to talk about the nba again…just like artest did. i just think hes crazy trying to play it off like it was all a joke.

  • German Reignman

    CO-SIGN DAVE in a big way … the gun does not make anybody safer

  • Kevin

    How about getting bodyguards WITH guns?

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