A few days ago I wrote how Gilbert Arenas seems to have turned a corner, at least emotionally, to become a more mature individual on and off the basketball court.
Of course it didn't take long for the Wizards star to find himself back in the news, this time doing something, well, immature.
According to the Associated Press, Arenas faked a knee injury prior to Tuesday night's preseason contest against Atlanta in order to give teammate Nick Young a chance to start. According to the report, Arenas told coach Flip Saunders he was suffering from a "sore knee," but after the game admitted the setback was simply false. His actions resulted in an undisclosed fine issued today.
Gilbert, dude. Listen. I know this season is supposed to be the new, more serious you. Agent 0.5, if you will. But come on, man. Little stunts like this are exactly what you don't need. Fans and members of the media don't want to see your name in the news every day for things other than the stats you're putting up.
Now, I certainly don't have a problem with Arenas faking an injury in order for a teammate to start. After all, it's just preseason and letting Young take his place was, dare I say, admirable. The problem I have is why Arenas would admit to it after the game. Just keep your mouth shut, Gilbert.
Nobody would've thought otherwise had you just went about your business, came back today and told everyone it's fine now and that would be the end. Instead, there's a fine and more bad press for you.
Interestingly enough, had Arenas taken the court Tuesday night, it would've been his first home game since his 50-game suspension and felony conviction last season. Could Arenas be scared to get back out on the home court? Is he worried what fans might think, say or do? I don't know, but one thing is for sure. Pretending to be injured and then coming clean about it three hours later isn't the way to receive a warm welcome whenever he does step back onto the court at the Verizon Center.