Gilbert Arenas isn’t going to take the NBA player lockout lying down.
Er, scratch that. According to the Orlando Magic guard’s Twitter account, he’s doing nothing but lying around.
As is the case with many of the antics of the enigmatic Arenas, the answer probably lies somewhere sandwiched between reality, creativity and insanity.
Meet Gilbert Arenas, a self confessed “Sex Symbol, Comedian and Red-Headed Step-child of the NBA,” or so his Twitter bio would have us believe.
Now he’s adding world-class “Planker” to his – and Orlando Magic teammate Dwight Howard’s — résumé.
Arenas’ return to the “Twitterverse” in early June is good news for us celebrity gawker-types and great news for the charities that benefit from the fines the NBA hands out.
The University of Arizona alum took to the social media world this week to indulge in the Internet’s latest craze: Planking. To successful pull off a plank, one must lie flat, face-down and arms at their sides, on a random surface, like a board. The more bizarre the location of the plank, the better. Let’s allow Gilbert Arenas to demonstrate:
Planking is an off-shoot of Europe’s unspectacularly-named “Lying Down Game.” Eventually it spread across the globe to far-away regions such as South Korea and Australia, where it morphed into “planking.”
Planking isn’t without its perils. A Brisbane man fell seven stories off a balcony to his demise in May, the same month that saw another Australian hospitalized after falling while planking a moving car.
Perhaps seeing some of the submissions his fans shared with him, Arenas issued this warning Tweet…
“All my plankers..we want funny and stupid not dangerous and photo shopped”
Days later, Arenas was stiff as a board and horizontal on a ladder.
Some revel in Arena’s ingenious creativity. Others see a player whose psyche is about as stable as Uranium.
See the face of a giant jungle cat tattoo on his torso, for example.
In June, Arenas — ended his Twitter hiatus after 15 months of cyber silence. He returned with a new handle, but the same old vintage wit.
Among his first Tweets was the announcement of his new self-created nickname: “Jefe” — adding to list of alias that already includes “Agent Zero” and “The Hibachi.”
“Sorry people its jefe not HEFFIE (boss)so I hav a new fishin name. Thx you all for enjoyin the pics and JOKESSSS”
And the planks.