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.”
WNBA/NBA Statement Regarding Gilbert Arenas' Comments pic.twitter.com/yZ8Nga6weZ
— WNBA (@WNBA) December 16, 2015
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.
NOW this is what america was hoping for when they announced the #WNBA back in 1996… 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 if #skylardiggins came out like this,I dont care if she missed every layup..imma buy season tickets and I dont even know where the fuck #tulsa is hahahaha #2016newwnbaoutfitPLS and 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
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? So lets name a few women sports,that still attract the men viewers…#Tennis,omg they were short skirts like female..#trackandfield,short tights and crop tops,so we can see abs "we get ass prints and stomachs,in that sport YAY"#volleyball,short tights and booties hanging out the back off their shorts "FUCK wheres my beer" #beachvollyball,fyckn swimsuits,jumping up and down WOW..#arenafootball theres nothing attractive about a women playing #FOOTBALL until they came out with the gear (no they didnt)"girls running each other over with 90 percent of their clothes removed..whos the mastermind behind this #sexist sport he or she needs a fucking statue..#UFC the manliest sport by far but they seem to attract men viewers by the million OMG it must be the tights and the crop tops and just maybeeeee a fighter gets hit so hard her sports bra falls off hahaha….ALL ABOVE SPORTS seems to understand the concept…..#Basketball has the lowest views by men BECUZ their mimicking MEN #Basketballchicks has some of the best bodies in women sports #Lesbians or #str8 we can give two shits about what they prefer in the bedroom becuz men prefer #assandtitties and last time I checked theres 20 total titties and 10 asses running around but for some odd reason were not getting it..what were getting is #tats #dreads #highsocks #baggyshorts #elbowpads..sounds like MEN attire to me..this sport will continue to be less viewed and under paid compared to other female sports #presidentLAURELRICHIE theres a reason 7 out of the top 10 highest paid women athletes come from tennis #Skirts and #ass…..if the #NBA got rid of the thug imagine for global viewing SHOULDNT you?? I dont care if u dont like the truth becuz MEN DON'T WANNA WATCH WOMEN ACT LIKE MEN..if they came out with an all #gay man sport..I bet they will wear less clothes then the #WNBA and thats a #FACT lol NOW GIVE US WHAT WE WANT and unveil them bodies…SEXINESS RUNS THIS WORLD…if ur selling sex,MEN are buying…ive never seen a man hooker trying to pick up women on the corner
Hahahahaha I didnt say anything about them being #Lesbians lol..im a logical man…a female+ a female = 4 breast,2 vaginas,2 asses,meaning im on the hunt.. A female telling me shes a #lesbian is like a video chick saying she aint a groupie…I AINT really listening to shit she saying..all im trying to do is convince her and her partner that im a #lesbianstarterkit becuz we all know two females is better then 1 lmaoooooo but that ugly part YEAHHHH they got some #boogawolfs in that league lmaooo hahahaha #impetty #mrpetty
To all the ppl mad about my POSTS #jackieM #aroundthehorn and bunch of high self esteem ugly chicks #FUCK YOU hahahahahaha I was trying to help ya sport But I guess yall are doing fine with #orangeisthenewblackbasketballedition #peoplehatethetruth what makes me laugh is if you ask men,name a few women basketball players.. we only know the cute ones lol #mayamoore #skylarD #leilani #candiceparker #penny #suebird #lisaleslie #swincash #dianataurasi #mariastepanova #brittneyjackson #dellavedova and #hoopz from #flavaoflove hahahahahaha