- The Washington Times - Monday, February 1, 2010

“Professional athletes have a duty to act responsibly and to understand the influence we have on all those kids who look up to us,” Gilbert Arenas writes in a column in Tuesday’s Washington Post.

The piece was posted on the newspaper’s Web site Monday.

Arenas pledges to be a better role model and says a “message of nonviolence will be front and center as I try to rebuild my relationship with young people.”

He says he gave NBA commissioner David Stern reason to give him a season-ending suspension for bringing guns into the locker room and for making light of the situation. Arenas acknowledges he damaged “the image of the NBA and its players.”

Arenas pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 26.

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