Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 1:30 pm  |  28 responses

Gilbert Arenas: ‘I Was Really Scared of Getting Booed’

Gil tells SI that he was too shook by the prospect of receiving the treatment from Wizards fans, so he made up silly reasons to sit out: “He picked up the newspaper and was unsettled by statements from Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and coach Flip Saunders about the city’s willingness to welcome him back. Would Washington really absolve him for detonating the Wizards’ 2009–10 season? Arenas didn’t want to find out. Last Thursday, after practice in Washington, Arenas told Sports Illustrated that the real reason he sat out wasn’t, as he originally told reporters, to rest his thrice-surgically-repaired knee, nor was it the excuse he gave the next day, that he wanted to give backup point guard Nick Young the chance to play. ‘I was really scared of getting booed,’ says Arenas. ‘It’s a little crazy because I was here with Kwame Brown when Kwame was scared to go out there. I used to be like, Man, it’s just boos. Now here I was six years later, and I was him. I was scared to go out there.’ The day after Arenas offered the story about his desire to be a good teammate, Saunders dressed him down in front of his teammates, and the Wizards slapped him with a $50,000 fine. It was hard not to think, Same old Gilbert.”

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  • jayfromdachi

    Man up gilbert

  • PapaBearATL

    ^I think he just did.

  • Elvis Freshly

    and the fans were scared of getting pistol whipped

  • http://dez@nba.com dez


  • rich

    if hes right i think the league is scared of gettin 50 hung on them

  • feez22

    No wonder flip walked out of practice… the former face of the franchise is too afraid to get his feelings hurt. Gil used to be a thick skinned individual… wth did they do to him in jail? he was only there for 30 days damn… he must have been someone’s prison b*tch or something he came out all soft and unhibachi like…

  • http://nbaforum.net/superdroid.nettodownloadthisapp Holy Karron

    HAHAHA!!!! now this is classic way too funny

  • Martey

    Man there’s always something that stops Gil from ACTUALLY PLAYING. Countdown to how many seasons until he’s playing overseas?

  • bails1

    So Gilbert is afraid of his home crowd, Paul Millsap is knocking down threes, and Emeka Okafor is playing like an all star. WTF IS GOING ON!?????

  • unrel

    ha @bails1… let’s just blame the economy, the gas prices or the decision..

  • Fat Lever

    If I were a Wiz fan, I’d be thanking Gil for 09-10. He helped them land John Wall.


    wooow… I really, really miss Agent Zero. This bearded, number 9 wearing and scared of home crowd boos is the type of s*** that shouldn’t happen after you sign 111 million dollar contract. SAD STORY ON A GREAT PLAYER.

  • C.B

    why would he say that…didnt he know they was going to fine his ass

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

    Im afraid of turning into kwame too?

  • markymark

    @bails1 – that’s not just it. mike conley was given superstar money, the answer is in turkey, beasley’s playing like a captain, umm… it’s the end of the world

  • EtheKnickfan

    @markeymark—-Eddy Curry arrives to camp in shape—That would signify the end of the world.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Dwight Howard is hitting jump shots, Andray Blatche is shooting 96% from the stripe, Ron Artest has no technical fouls, and the Timberwolves suck. Wait…

  • bails1

    We could do this all day!

  • JL


  • flipnoyce

    Arenas is pathetic, made a decent two year run and got hurt, got better, and then suddenly became stupid. He is making millions of dollars that he didn’t deserved and afraid to play because of boos. They would have traded your sorry ass if you didn’t have that massive contract along with your FAKE injuries. I’m glad Caron got traded to Dallas cause its a waste of talent to play alongside of you,thank you!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    I don know about you guys but the fact that he actually cares about what other people thikns means he is not goin to be tool this season. You have reagined my respect G.A.

  • ai come back

    this is the guy who dropped 60 on the lakers……….

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    co-sign jayfromdachi. Man the fu(k up and just play Gil. You think the home fans were going to grill you before? Wait till they find out you don’t even have the balls to compete just because you were afraid some guys from the bleachers may hurt your feelings. Yeah good job with the interview there. Geez, is it too early for “Free John Wall” yet?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @feez- dude thats not even funny.. The activities that you speak of doesn’t happen in jail, it happens in prison, where people will never again see the light of day (or women). .. Its not really something to joke about, and im happy for Gil, unlike alot of people, he seems to learn from his mistakes (hopefully)

  • rikson

    “Arenas is pathetic, made a decent two year run and got hurt, got better, and then suddenly became stupid.” -> Now THATS a biography…

  • chintao

    The man of a thousand excuses….

  • larrylegend

    Welcome to China!

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