Gilbert Arenas says he no longer cares what the public thinks.
But the lengthy interview with SI.com rings as hollow as Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The former Washington Wizards star offers vague proof of moving on from past mistakes but seemingly hasn't truly convinced himself. He's just shifting the blame game for all his misdeeds.
Nothing like a great player absolutely ruining his career and life by being flat-out stupid. Arenas was right when saying the public and media love to build up and then tear down celebrities, but it's much easier when he's doing reckless things and showing no remorse.
Arenas says he gets it now. Maybe he was a little immature before being arrested for brandishing a gun in the Wizards' locker room in Dec. 2009 that led to a 50-game suspension, 30 days in a halfway house and a trade to Orlando, which released him this season.
You think, Gilbert? Maybe just a little?
Players are role models for kids regardless of whether they should be. Arenas using a gun in a dispute was the worst thing possible for all those kids who idolized Agent Zero.
The second worst was his stance the media got much of it wrong. Oh, such a poor excuse, especially when he said he didn't want to prove otherwise and tell the truth. Well, the federal prosecutor wasn't part of the media and found enough evidence to gain a conviction. Arenas' version of the story will surely become complete fiction in coming years.
"You've got to take the good with the bad," Arenas told SI.com. "When you do something good, if it gets magnified, you're some Jesus. And then when you do something bad, you become Satan.
"But two years later, if you're still talking about a mistake I made, then something is really wrong with you. Like when you write an article, if you're going to bring up the gun thing, then bring up that I adopted somebody when his parents died in a fire. Put that in there, too."
Of course, Arenas blames a series of awful personal blows leading to the crime. Coach Eddie Jordan was fired. Owner Abe Pollin died. Those two men were very close to Arenas. The mother he barely knew died before the two could reconcile. Arenas' girlfriend and mother of his children left him.
Certainly, that's enough to make anyone snap. But Arenas said he didn't need counseling. Just watching TV mobster Tony Soprano talking to a therapist was enough.
Wow, Arenas really lives on his own planet.
One day, when his knees and hip are finally healthy, Arenas will return to the NBA. He's trying to find himself once more at age 30.
Hopefully, Arenas does so. Too bad it just seems so unlikely.