Let’s start with a little background. Arenas, who plays basketball in the NBA for the Washington Wizards, pulled a gun on a teammate. (Ironically, the Wizards used to be called the Washington Bullets.) When the story broke, Arenas began tweeting like crazy, making statements that some felt did not address the gravity of the situation, which he explained thusly: “im just tellin jokes to keep myself from getting depressed..becuz LAUGHTER CURES PAIN.” Then Arenas was photographed making a gun with his fingers on January 5. Then Arenas said that he thinks NBA Comissioner David Stern is mean. Stern then suspended Arenas indefinitely, partly for the gun incident, but also because of his “ongoing conduct.” ABC News says that conduct includes his tweeting, which hasn’t stopped. He is even replying to people who follow his Twitter feed. Here is the most recent exchange:
Then came the Gilbert Arenas PETA ad.
Also fun is the Gilbert Arenas Facebook page, where fans leave messages of support such as “happy birthday try not to kill anyone.” (Some of the messages are actually supportive.) Oh! And don’t forget to visit GilbertArenas.com.
Phew! I’m exhausted. I don’t follow basketball but apparently Arenas has a reputation for being a bit of a cut up; in 2006, he told the Washington Post that he was “not quirky,” although he did decide to join the Wizards based on the result of a coin flip. The suspension means that he will lose almost $150,000 per game. Maybe he should have left the guns at home. Or not bought them at all.
OK, here are some quick headlines.
President Obama will brief the nation on the latest regarding the Christmas Day bombing attempt. (AP)
Another place you can see the President is on a billboard in Times Square. CBS News says that the White House is “not amused” and wants the photo, which was taken in China, removed from the ad. Video:
Jobless claims are up. Again. (MarketWatch)
And hey, guess what? That health care bill that you thought was definitely going to happen? It might not. (ABC News) One major issue is abortion rights, with some Democrats saying that they won’t vote for a bill that includes medical coverage for the legal medical procedure, and others saying that they won’t vote for a bill that contains any restrictions against said legal medical procedure. One of those folks is Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, who is the subject a front-page story in today’s New York Times.
And finally, there is a semi-controversy brewing over a David Letterman skit. This time it’s not Sarah Palin and her supporters who are mad. It’s The Human Rights Campaign, who sent a letter to the Letterman folks in response to “numerous queries from transgender activists“, according to the Advocate. What’s the beef? A skit which they feel “poked fun at Obama appointee Amanda Simpson”, who is transgendered. Here’s what Dave said. What do you think?