Some things go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and eggs. Pizza and beer. However, some things kind of don't. Oil and water. Tina and Ike Turner. Isiah Thomas and anything NBA front office related.
Where Gilbert Arenas and Twitter stands is debatable, but it would appear "Agent Zero" and the social media outlet is no more.
“so i would like to do my thx u’s now…too all the fan’s that has humor in their lives thx u for understanding my approach to twitte,” he wrote. ”and for the ppl who just got pissed off and took my tweets too serious U NEED 101 HUMOR HELP u can laugh its okay”.
At least it won't be costing him in any more lawsuits.
Where your opinions stand on his controversial time on Twitter are your own but no one can say he didn't spark debate when it comes to a pro-athlete pushing the envelope versus the average Twitter user doing the same.
If I go on Twitter and type sexist, lewd, and what some consider socially unacceptable messages, I might lose followers and face some sort of backlash. In the end, though, I do not carry the same notoriety and reach as Arenas does. I might not get away with spinning it and saying it's for pure entertainment. But that is exactly what Arenas says about his tweets that get a reaction from the masses. And fans have indeed stayed tuned and have given him a pass.
And with younger generations born into this social media craze, Arenas' messages could influence their lives, and forge their minds into thinking, "Hey if Gilbert can say it, then so can I."
Yet I am reminded of Charles Barkley's infamous Nike commercial where he succinctly stated he is not a role model. And this could be applied to Arenas. You know, the same Arenas who talked poorly of women on Twitter, got in trouble for bringing guns into the Wizards' locker room, and categorized women on his Blackberry in a manner that just might offend women. He obviously isn't a role model.
And if this is indeed the end of Twitter and Arenas, what a ride it was. It forced people to wonder if teams will ban their players and their use of social media outlets, should parents scrutinize who their children follow on Twitter, or when does a pro-athlete cross the line between entertainment and tastelessness.