DeShawn Stevenson, guard for the Washington Wizards, is more known in the city and NBA for his antics than his skills on the court. However, unlike Gilbert Arenas, suspended from the League and facing sentencing on March 26 for a felony gun charge, Stevenson can and does continue to accumulate DNPs in the NBA.
Does this make him a role model for city youth? On this subject, today’s Op-Ed in the Wash Post by Mr. Arenas is worth a read and then a yawn.
Although I’m late to this party, we must recognize how ignorant DeShawn Stevenson is regardless of Arenas’ blaring incompetence.
“He also is sporting new ink. On his right temple, along his hairline is etched LONDYN, his 1-year-old son’s name. On his left cheek bone is inked the Pittsburgh Pirate’s ‘P’, “for the Pittsburgh, that’s my favorite team. Barry Bonds, when he first started.” The thing about the P is, however, that it’s backwards and looks more like a 9. DeShawn tried to explain, “No, if you’re standing where Dom’s standing and looking at me, it looks like a P.” Dominic McGuire was standing directly in front of him about 10 yards away, but it still looked like a 9. I think DeShawn meant to say, “when I look in the mirror it looks like a P.” The final new tat is a crack on the left side of Stevenson’s forehead. He said it’s because “I don’t crack. I feel like people always try to break me, but I don’t crack. So, I put that there.”
When was the last time YOU saw a tattoo on the hand, neck, or face of a young adult in the city? Last time I walked outside. (Just this morning I saw a young man on the U2 bus with fresh stars on the right side of his neck. His stars were shining alright, because of the Neosporin he had applied to them.)
(*Update: Last night at the IHOP on Alabama Ave. SE I saw a young woman with a fresh tat on her right hand between her index finger and thumb.)
Do these publicly positioned tattoos help or hurt on the job?
As a note to certain folk: If you do not get a job it is most likely because you are not qualified or tatted on your hand, neck, face, and/or have a piercing somewhere on your head other than your ear(s).
In the real word, but not the NBA. Since Allen Iverson’s baptismal by fire of the NBA and the public to the ways and actions of the “average street dude” way back in the 96 – 97 season, it was only a matter of time before the proverbial question emerged.
Who imitates who? Art chases life or life chases art? NBA players imitate ignorant city youth or ignorant city youth imitate NBA Players?
In the NBA, where formally uneducated and uninformed young men have been documented as “40 million dollar slaves” for the written record, players such as Arenas and Stevenson overwhelm the positive influence of Grant Hill.
DeShawn Stevenson is NO role model and does have the WORST TAT EVER!