Gilbert Arenas has become the latest athlete to become enveloped in gun related criminal charges. He was charged with felony gun possession which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years, although this charge was probably part of a plea deal in which he will avoid jail time.
Plaxico Burress was also recently sentenced to two years in prison, for moronically discharging a gun that he was carrying in his sweatpants while partying in a night club. Tennessee basketball has also been affected by gun charges this year, not to mention that Marvin Harrison (Colts) was also linked to gun charges related to a shooting at a carwash, in which he was seen carrying not one but two pistols.
What is it that drives athletes, and maybe celebrities in general, to carry guns in such a careless manner?
Could it be linked to upbringing, a reflection of cultural expectations, or the desire to maintain a credible image?
Should sports teams be responsible for making sure that their athletes aren’t engaging in such risky acts? After all clubs and franchises are investing millions of dollars into these athletes, you would think that they might try to strictly limit such occurrences.
Also, why wouldn’t they just register their guns? or spend a fraction of their yearly salaries and have someone do it for them? or relegate gun carrying duties to members of their “posses”?
It just seems beyond logic that athletes could be so reckless, even after they have seen many of their fellow sportsmen locked up behind bars for committing identical acts.