Despite facing strong criticism for his comments Wednesday, Gilbert Arenas isn’t dialing back on his idea to increase WNBA interest by placing “cutie pies” in thongs and sexy outfits.
Arenas posted twice on Instagram, one ripping an outlet for using the headline “Most WNBA players are ugly lesbians” with a raunchy appreciation of women and then writing a post that featured video of him (presumably) offering a double-bird salute. He wrote that “#peoplehatethetruth” behind his comments:
“To all the ppl mad about my POSTS #jackieM #aroundthehorn and bunch of high self esteem ugly chicks #[expletive] 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 and #hoopz from #flavaoflove hahahahahaha”
Earlier Wednesday, Arenas frankly assessed how he’d boost WNBA interest, posting video of thonged female basketball players:
“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 [expletive] #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”
The idea that women have to look like Barbie while competing ferociously did not go unnoticed by the NBA.
“Gilbert Arenas’s comments are repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong,” spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement to The Post. “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. They should be celebrated for their accomplishments, not disparaged with ignorant insults.”
And Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, had the best response of all for a guy with a knack for generating headlines.
“Women were not put on this earth just for men to look at,” she wrote on Instagram. “We are people. We have a purpose. We are role models. I am an athlete first and foremost. #ByeGilbert.”
By Cindy Boren, MSN News