January 15, 2010
Even if you prefer puck to hoops, you're likely aware that Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was to appear in court today to answer a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. This is after he took unloaded guns from his Verizon Center locker in what he called a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate Javaris Crittenton, as the duo bickered over gambling debts.
If you read Puck Daddy, you know that Washington is the epicenter of Jersey Fouls, the attention-seeking placement of a quirky name or number on the back of sports jerseys. To that end, Adrian Breeman of Baltimore told us today that he tried to customize a Washington Capitals sweater with "ARENAS" and No. 0 on Shop NHL, in honor of either the player or the scandal -- only to be met with this:
Did the NHL ban Gilbert Arenas Washington Capitals jerseys?
We took this curious case to the League, and received an interesting response: GSI, the e-commerce company that runs the online retail sites for the NHL and other pro sports Leagues, blocked the name on its NBA site and "it works across all platforms." So just like a profanity is blocked across the board, so is this scandalous sports name, and not just for hockey.
Sure enough, a personalized NFL Baltimore Ravens jersey with Arenas's name returns this message: "Your current entry cannot be processed. Language deemed inappropriate, derogatory, or profane will not be accepted. Please create a new entry."
We have a call into GSI for comment, and will update if we connect.
As you can see above, Javaris Crittenton didn't receive the same treatment, although putting his name on an Ovechkin sweater is pretty well blasphemous. Then again, so is a Gilbert Arenas NHL jersey. People have too much money these days.