Arenas seemed to want suspension
Arenas has a lot in common with
I am not being flippant in expressing concern for Arenas' future. If he is indeed suspended without pay for the remainder of the season, Arenas will lose $9.9 million of his salary (valued at $16.2 million overall this season). Here is a 28-year-old, who spent the past two years working to overcome knee injuries, and now he chooses to provoke his boss by daring Stern to sideline him for yet another season at a cost of almost $10 million.
When Stern declares that a penalty "perhaps worse" than a suspension could arise, he is setting the stage to void Arenas' contract should he be convicted of a felony charge for carrying unlicensed firearms into the District of Columbia. Arenas is owed $80 million over the next four full seasons through 2012-13, but there is no guarantee he will see a penny if he winds up in jail.
It is one thing to be outraged that the player would bring firearms into the locker room, and then reveal those weapons to inflame an argument with teammate
Instead of feeling shame and trying to make things right, he is now acting, in a very public way, like someone who wishes to do harm to himself. On Tuesday in Philadelphia, he was begging law enforcement to throw the book at him, just as he was begging Stern to relieve him of $10 million and prevent him from playing the game he loves. As this episode unravels, the outrage of his insensitivity toward others turns into sorrow as I see Arenas appearing to destroy a career that held so much promise. He does not appear to understand what he is doing to himself.