Former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas weighed in regarding the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, which precipitated riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Noting Al Sharpton seeking to involve himself in the proceedings, Arenas took to Instagram to launch an attack on Sharpton, using racially insulting language and asserting that “the racism fight has never been #blackvswhite, it’s always been #blackvsblack.”
Arenas began by paying respect to the decedent and then castigating the black community:
I would like to start off by saying too the family of the victim GOD BLESS#RIPmichealbrown you will be missed: too EVERY African American out there..how dumb are we really???every time we hear some bad news, the first thing we do is #RIOT #ROB #STEAL #BURN sh-t in our OWN neighborhoods..this racism fight has never been #blackvswhite, it’s ALWAYS been #blackvsblack from what the stats.. About 10 riots from the black community over the years and the only thing damaged ,was the BLACK COMMUNITY by The BLACK COMMUNITY..only reason they issue riot police isssss just in case you actually got smart enough to walk 6 blocks ,YALL ain’t f—ing up white rich s— smdh
But then he segued into an attack on Sharpton:
FAMILiES of the victims pleaseeeeee stop asking #alsharpton to speak or ur behalf,you have a better chance having #caesar the monkey from #planetoftheapes to get justice for you..the stats also show AL coon sharpton has not helped one situation he has protested at,he actually made it worst and because of him the jury goes the other way..(think about it) Jena six,trayvon and the list goes back way back..#AL ur like a #THOT in the club,lookn for attention what u said at trayvons rally #enoughisenough ur right were tired of u PRETENDING.
“Thot” is a substitute for “ho.”
St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar had said that Brown, who was shot on Saturday, physically assaulted the officer, and a subsequent struggle left Brown dead from a gunshot. A friend of Brown’s present disputes this characterization and another witness partly corroborates and partly disputes the police account. A vigil on Sunday night turned violent, with vandalism and looting. Sharpton showed up on Tuesday demanding justice.