Gilbert Arenas is a little late to the party, but he’s made an offer for Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball. The NBA superstar says he’ll pay $800,000 to save the ball from being branded with an asterisk.
He collects jerseys, not baseball memorabilia, but Gilbert Arenas says he’d pay a higher price than Marc Ecko did to put the fate of the record-breaking home run ball to a public vote.
In his blog at NBA.com, the Washington Wizards’ All Star wrote that the vote was "the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of." He took a shot at Ecko’s idea, saying it was "drawing graffiti on someone else’s legacy". Arenas says he’s offering to buy it and "give it to a real fan".
Ecko has said he will give it to the Hall of Fame, but not before following through on his promise to brand the ball with an asterisk over the steroid controversy. Fans chose that option in online voting after the auction. The other choices were to simply give the ball to the Hall or to send it into space on a rocket ship.
Arenas believes Bonds is innocent of steroid use until proven otherwise. "Just because you have the money don’t go buying up people’s history to destroy it," he wrote. "If you’re going to get Barry Bonds’ ball, why don’t you go get Mark McGwire’s home run balls that got put into the Hall of Fame and Sammy Sosa’s corked bat too?"
" As a human, you should be ashamed of yourself for outbidding somebody just to do wrong to somebody’s property. If Barry Bonds is found guilty, I’ll give it back to you. I’m not going to let you go around like some little superhero."
Arenas certainly has the money to buy the ball, but it’s not likely Ecko will reneg on his promise, but Arenas is at least hoping to give the hip-hop mogul something to think about.
"I would love to buy the ball away from you before you destroy history. I’m a collector of basketball jerseys and I would be honored to have the 756 ball in my personal hall of fame and I know there are real fans out there who both are and aren’t Barry Bonds supporters who don’t want to see history getting marked up.
I’m not defending steroids users by any means. I’m defending sports in history."