Gilbert Arenas Fakes Injury To Help Teammate

by October 13, 2010

The Washington Post has the story: [T]he Wizards had no trouble without Arenas, who was a late scratch from the lineup because he initially claimed soreness in his left knee. Following the game, Arenas told reporters it was all a ruse in order to give Young the opportunity for more playing time. ‘I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the three position, especially since we’re going three guards, so I told him I’d go ahead and fake an injury or say something’s wrong with me so you can start,’ a smiling Arenas said in the locker room. When asked about the health of his knee, Arenas said, ‘I’m fine,’ and indicated he would play on Thursday in the Wizards’ final home preseason game against Milwaukee.”

People are gonna kill Gil for this, but here’s why they’re taking it the wrong way.

A. Arenas was probably speaking somewhat tongue in cheek when he said he faked the whole thing; B. It’s only a preseason game; C. it’s better than him suffering a real injury.