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Gilbert Arenas’ Message to Mark Ecko September 30, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, MLB, NBA, Sports.

Gilbert Arenas is pretty upset at Mark Ecko’s decison to put an asterisk on Barry Bond’s 756th homerun ball.  Here is what Arenas had to say: 

I normally don’t get into conversations like this, but this kind of hit a nerve in my body as an athlete. This whole Marc Ecko buying the Barry Bonds ball to put an asterisk over it:

I just think it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.

Who are you as a person to take away somebody’s legacy because you don’t like him as a person? Forget that he is Barry Bonds and forget his records. He was “alleged” of doing steroids. This is America, just because you’re “alleged” of doing something doesn’t mean he actually did it and until he is proven guilty, you shouldn’t have the right to be the judge and jury.

Just because you have the money don’t go buying up people’s history to destroy it. If you’re going to get Barry Bonds’ ball, why don’t you go get Mark McGwire’s homerun balls that got put into the Hall of Fame and Sammy Sosa’s corked bat too?

He was “alleged” of doing steroids. I don’t think as a fan of sports that you have the right to taint this man’s legacy.

This man has a kid. When his kid grows up he’s going to hate you as a person because you decided to be this super, superhero to go put an asterisk sign over his dad’s legacy.

I just felt appalled by it because, what if somebody decides to ban the hyperbaric chambers tomorrow? Everybody knows that I used the hyperbaric tent last year and I scored 60 points against the Lakers during the season I was using the tent. Now, the Hall of Fame has my shoes from that game. What if somebody decides to take my shoes and put an asterisk sign on them now?

I think it’s just drawing graffiti on somebody else’s legacy. Before you go and destroy another man’s career, I’d rather buy the ball back from you and give it to somebody who really, truly wants the ball for what it is.

So, Marc Ecko, I want the ball to give it to a real fan. As a human, you should be ashamed of yourself for outbidding somebody just to do wrong to somebody’s property.

If people don’t understand what I’m talking about, this is the easiest way I can explain it. Anybody out there that has ever taken Creatine, that’s a popular substance, if they all of the sudden consider Creatine to be a steroid that means all you guys that took it are dirty so if you ever do anything in life, you’re tainted. Anything you do in life you’re going to have somebody like Marc Ecko wanting to buy whatever you do in life to put an asterisk sign by it. So if you get a promotion and he decides he wants this guy fired because he did Creatine back in 2001, that’s how you should feel.

Just because he is one of the most hated guys in the world because of “allegedly” doing steroids, I don’t think you should take away his legacy.

The day he broke the record, he wasn’t on steroids. That’s how I look at it. People say that he’s dirty, but the last time I checked anything out I saw that corked bats, spitting on balls, Vaseline on balls and stealing signals, that’s all cheating too.

If they’re doing steroids, I mean there have been plenty of players who I thought have done steroids, but I’m not going to buy their stuff up just to put an asterisk on it. I think it’s giving the wrong idea to people. The fans that voted for the asterisk, I think they’re representing sports wrong because at the time that he broke these records, he wasn’t on steroids.

If you want to buy some records that were broken by somebody who was accused of steroids and admitted to using steroids, go buy Arnold Schwarzenegger’s. Go buy back his trophies and medals and put asterisks on them. That’s a man who actually admitted to using steroids.

I just think it’s wrong. In sports, what people don’t realize is, you’re trying to do everything you can to get that extra advantage. By me using the hyperbaric chamber, I’m using it as an advantage. If they ban it tomorrow, will people be looking at me as a dirty player?

I’m not saying steroids are good or bad here. I mean, I think it’s a cowardly way to enhance your performance don’t get me wrong, but my issue is that if the guy hasn’t been proven guilty, you shouldn’t taint him.

You’re not Superman. You can’t go around trying to save the world from this ball. Give me a break. What if I buy your company and throw it in the trash because I say it’s tainted? How stupid would you feel?

And for people who still aren’t feeling me; What if a kid comes and graffiti’s your house. How would you feel?

You worked your butt off to live in the place you live in and some not-so-smart people come and graffiti your house. How would you feel? That’s what I feel about that ball. You’re just tagging it up.

Let a fan, somebody who appreciates the game still, no matter what, accept that ball.

I’ll buy the ball from you Ecko for $800,000. If Barry Bonds is found guilty, I’ll give it back to you. I’m not going to let you go around like some little superhero.

I’ll put it in my hall of fame. The Gilbert Hall of Fame for Athletes no matter what you did.

I know I got off on a little tangent, but Marc, who are you to discredit Barry Bonds’ legacy? He is a man first before being a seven-time MVP. Marc, what if someone tried to take away what you did in this world as a fashion pioneer? How would that make you feel as a man?

I would love to buy the ball away from you before you destroy history. I’m a collector of basketball jerseys and I would be honored to have the 756 ball in my personal hall of fame and I know there are real fans out there who both are and aren’t Barry Bonds supporters who don’t want to see history getting marked up.

I’m not defending steroids users by any means. I defending sports in history



1. kidal25 - September 30, 2007

Well if Arenas didn’t want this to happen he should have bought the ball himself then right? Ecko fairly won the auction so it’s his choice to do whatever he wants to do with it. It might sound wrong but it’s Ecko’s ball right?

2. Mr. Insider - September 30, 2007

All good points, but I agree that, as Bud Selig said to me, personally, “Hey, last time I looked, you were innocent until proven guilty in the United States”! That was said by the Commish, himself to 50 of us standing in front of him.

Barry is NOT the most hated man. The Muslim fundamentalists are the most feared and hated in the U.S.

I will send my column on Barry to Mr. Alltalk later. A football quarterback friend of mine said two weeks ago at a party, “Hey don’t ask me my opinion on steroids. Enhancement is any weight you ever lifted, and anti-inflammatory or pain-killing drug you ever took, etc.” Also is a hyperbaric chamber enhancing? Is extra oxygen or a fine mist sprayed across the bench at a hot NFL game or college football game? Are the “Power Drinks” and Gatorade(s) enhancing?

Point is, where should we draw the line? AND, Barry may be in trouble legally, but it may be for perjury (worse crime), not enhancement drugs or substances. Finally, MLB and the baseball ‘nobility’ should decide about any asterisk, if anyone should. Not some ‘know it all’ like this clothing magnate, who is just defacing an historical item. He owns it, he can do it, but I do not believe it is right or moral. It is just petty and immature.

I could buy a Van Gogh painting (well, I really couldn’t-but if I could) for $20,000,000 and cut it into pieces, too. Gee, what a power trip and what a pathetic and disturbing act it would be to destroy one of the world’s great pieces of art, ever!

Oh, another point: Bonds ‘built’ ATT PARK with his presence and play for the Giants. He brought in @$110,000,000 in revenue to the Park and the Giants this season. Paid $20m, create $110m in revenue. Time for him to go? probably, maybe, I don’t know, not really, certainly not.

So, Barry Bonds is neither saint nor abject sinner, but a conflicted and complex man who carries inner hurt from being raised by a ‘semi-abusive’ alcoholic father. He was raised improperly, he was given it all, told he was better than the other kids in the neighborhood (I know two of them who grew up with him, and he was a bully, if you believe these guys.) and who had otherworldly bseball talent. As an adult, he could/should have gone for major professional therapy, but instead let his mental and emotional problems fester and last. Then he became a great Actor on the Stage of Sports. Mostly playing the ingrown or harsh character, but often playing the Interesting and OK Lead.

In truth, I have found him a fascinating man, and one who has charisma, charm, warmth, generousity on one hand and sullenness, outright rudeness, introversion and disdain on the other hand. For whatever Barry’s reasons, 95% of my time with him he has been the former, and I felt privelaged to have the ‘good guy’ side of Mr. Barry Bonds shared with me.

As for steroids, again, hey people, find another whipping boy. Bonds has left the yard. The Giant of all Giants is banished from the kingdom. In exile may he find an worthy DH role in the AL.

Goodbye Mr. Bonds, and may you prosper. Mr. Insider

3. Marquis Chapman - September 30, 2007

I really hope that Arenas can buy the ball off of Ecko, but I seriously doubt. I don’t think Ecko will even think about selling the ball. I do agree with Arenas. I think it’s wrong that Ecko would but the ball just to destroy Bond’s legacy. Mr. Insider’s comparison to the Van Gogh painting is dead on. It’s not up to Ecko to determine if Bonds was a cheater, and I think there should be more protest against Ecko, but I know a lot of people are siding with Ecko which is really sad.

4. Troy - September 30, 2007

I don’t like the whole asterisk thing at all. I think the premise of the idea is senseless in the thought to be a one-time laughing matter thing. The continuous hindering of baseball’s past, present, and ultimate future that this dumb stuff is causing is getting ridiculous.

5. Marquis Chapman - September 30, 2007

Plain and simple, people have lost respect for baseball and its players. I can’t believe that Ecko would do this.

6. W.B. - September 30, 2007

this Arenas quote is perfect, and like you said Marquis, the Van Gogh analogy by Mr. Insider is a perfect example for this argument. Ecko might have, childishly, intended to teach Barry a lesson but Bonds would not be the only person affected by this. Its the ball that broke THE record, by any other name and There’s an appreciation for that, in itself. ultimately, its an unfortunate decision.

7. Marquis Chapman - September 30, 2007

This really shows how much certain people dislike Bonds. To go so far and try to destroy his legacy his ridiculous.

8. The Mixtape Monster - October 1, 2007

Gilbert makes some valid points, but needs to realize that the public voted on this issue. That is obviously what everyone thinks about the ball and Bonds. End of story.

9. Real Talk TC - October 1, 2007

haters.. nothing worse than someone who hates on you cuz they can do wut u do. as a human being, u dont have the right to taint someone elses legacy. u can taint ur own but not someone elses. get a life marc ecko. and while ur at it, send me a catalog of the new winter line u have coming out…

10. 3VLMember - October 2, 2007

This is in regards to the The Mixtape Monster stated. You mentioned that the public voted on this issue. If i’m correct, when i voted i wasn’t shown a tally of results or what the percentages were once everything was said and done. The amount of what the public voted on has remained private. How do we know that the voting was just publicity for this man (who might i ask his clothing line is sub-par in my opinion).I know i voted to put it in the hall of fame unscathed. In all honesty, i think buying that ball has back fired on Marc Ecko. Instead of being seen as a hero or whatever he thinks he is, he’s turning out to look more like the monster then what the public portrays bonds as.

11. El Martillo - October 2, 2007

47% would not vote to destroy Vincent’s work. Don’t like the result? Your issue is with democracy-in-fact.

12. sportsconversation - October 2, 2007

Fact is if Arenas, or anyone for that matter, does not like it, they should have bought the ball. I don’t like the fact that the house I grew up in is now paited blue. But I didn’t buy it when my parents sold it. I did not get a say in the color choice when the new owners painted it. At least Ecko gave everyone a chance to voice their opinion. I think most people would rather see it go to the hall un altered, but most people did not vote. He can do whatever he wants to. By the way I did vote for the Astrick…

13. Marquis Chapman - October 3, 2007

You voted for the asterisk?! Say it aint so Sportsconversation.

14. everyoneisonsteroids - October 3, 2007

when does alleged become guilty? when you are convicted – so i guess as long as greg anderson sits in prison barry will be alleged.

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