Tuesday , Feb , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gilbert Arenas to Rebuild Relationship with DC Youth

Arenas wrote in The Post that he realized he had let down the youth in the D.C. area and would work hard to regain the trust he had built with them.

"I understand the importance of teaching nonviolence to kids in today’s world," Arenas wrote. "Guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters — a lesson that’s been brought home to me over the past few weeks. I thought about this when I pleaded guilty as charged in court and when I accepted my NBA suspension without challenge.

"That message of nonviolence will be front and center as I try to rebuild my relationship with young people in the D.C. area. I know that won’t happen overnight, and that it will happen only if I show through my actions that I am truly sorry and have learned from my mistakes. If I do that, then hopefully youngsters will learn from the serious mistakes I made with guns and not make any of their own."