Gilbert Arenas turns 28 today, prompting Mike Wise at The Washington Post to pen an “open birthday card” to the embattled Wizards star:
You said it best when we spoke Tuesday night: “I should just steal a quote from Batman, when he said, ‘I’ve been around long enough to see myself turn into the bad guy.’ ” The fans you play for, who used to clamor for your game-worn No. 0 jersey to be tossed to them, now want you gone.
Remember three years ago? The hottest ticket in town was that black American Express envelope, the one that contained an invitation to your 25th birthday party at Love, the club where Sean Combs and other hip-hop glitterati attended. Diddy came to Northeast for you.
The night you threw yourself that million-dollar bash, grabbing the microphone and yelling, “Get drunk and make bad decisions,” everybody laughed and went home thinking, “That Gilbert — he’s one quirky cat, but he’s got such a good heart. And, man, he can ball with the best of them.”
Crazy, no? Those same people want to buy you a ticket out of town today.