Oh Gilbert Arenas. First that unsavory gun incident, now this? Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas recently admitted that he faked a knee injury to avoid playing in the team’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. His reason: So that fourth-year guard Nick Young could start. Wait, I think I missed the part when that was a good idea. After serving a 50-game suspension, Arenas gives up the chance to jump right back into the action to give Young a shot. Noble, isn’t it? W
hat’s even more surprising than Arenas voluntarily sidelining himself is the fact that he admitted lying to his coach. Arenas quickly turned the attention to the media’s reaction on his little fib:
“In hindsight now I would say yes. I wasn’t thinking this would be another media outburst," he said. "Everything that I do now is someone tit for tat trying to blow it out of proportion. Y’now at the end of the day Nick is happy. He got to play, got to show that he can play. And I’m out here taking all the heat again.”
That’s not the case according to SI.com’s Zach Lowe on his new blog The Point Forward. Lowe says that while he’s not quick to pass judgment on Arenas for his various public missteps, he will say that the media is far from blowing this latest incident out of proportion. When you lie to get yourself out of playing, no matter how selfless the reason may be, don’t be shocked when a few eyebrows get raised.
Agent Zero drama aside, there’s plenty of action to keep you entertained tonight:
South Florida Bulls vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (7:30 p.m.) Hoping to avenge a 30-19 loss in their last meeting with the Bulls, West Virginia will square off against South Florida tonight on home turf at Mountaineer field. The team is coming off of a huge victory against UNLV that pushed them back into the AP’s good graces, so look for them to viciously protect their position.
By The Numbers
12 – Latest Longhorns jersey number to be retired by Texas. Belonging to star quarterback Colt McCoy, the jersey will be retired on Oct. 30 when the Longhorns take on Baylor. McCoy will join fellow Texas football stars Earl Campbell, Bobby Layne, Tommy Nobis, Ricky Williams and Vince Young in the honor of having his jersey retired.
19 – Number of minutes Rockets’ center Yao Ming played in Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Nets in Beijing. After being sidelined with a foot injury last season, Ming is gradually easing back into the Rockets’ rotation, scoring nine points in Houston’s 91-81 rout of New Jersey.
39 – Number of sacks Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman amassed in his first three seasons on the team. Merriman has been placed on the team’s injured reserve list with a calf injury and “minor-injury designation.” Once he is taken off the list, Merriman will have to be released from the team.