Former basketball star Gilbert Arenas was taken to task Wednesday after he went on an epic Instagram rant saying more men would attend WNBA games if the players wore thongs instead of dressing like the inmates on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”
“NOW this is what america was hoping for when they announced the #WNBA back in 1996,” Arenas captioned a video he posted of two sexy blondes playing basketball in thongs and bra tops. “Not a bunch of chicks running around looking like, cast members from #orangeisthenewblack…dont get me wrong,they have few #cutiepies but theres a whole alotta #beanpies running around hahahahahaha.”
His controversial comments were immediately slammed by the league, which released a statement calling Arenas’ suggestions “repugnant.”
“WNBA players are strong, talented and determined individuals who give it their all on the court and serve as inspiring role models to millions around the world,” spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement posted on Twitter. “They should be celebrated for their accomplishments, not disparaged with ignorant insults.”
Arenas was also ripped by WNBA fans on Twitter. However, he refused to acknowledge what everyone was getting worked up about.
“If u think this is sexist,9 times out of 10 u the ugly one and we didnt pay to come see u play anyway #donkeykong …smdh #thiswillbeawesome #soldouteverywhere,” he wrote.
Arenas took to Instagram several hours later, with an even longer rant.
“Ppl act like I said some shit thats just down right sexist and rude…..str8 men are attracted to women RIGHT? Men are 80 percent of sportviewers RIGHT?” he said. “MEN DON’T WANNA WATCH WOMEN ACT LIKE MEN… SEXINESS RUNS THIS WORLD…if ur selling sex, MEN are buying.”
Arenas, 33, no longer plays in the NBA after over a decade in the league, most notably with the Washington Wizards. His basketball career ended in 2013 after a year with the Memphis Grizzlies and another in China.
This is not Arenas’ first brush with controversy, his past indiscretions have included a very public custody battle with “Basketball Wives LA” star Laura Govan, and a lawsuit against the reality show’s producers for “trademark infringement, false advertising and misappropriation of the star’s likeness.”
In January 2010, it was revealed that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton had unloaded guns in the Wizards’ locker room during a Christmas
Three years later in January 2013, he was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department for possession of illegal fireworks.
See Arenas’ Instagram posts below.