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NBA Star: 'There Are No Such Thing As Shark Attacks'

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MIAMI, Florida -- NBA star and blogging "superstar" Gilbert Arenas has come out against shark attacks. Actually, Arenas denies there are such things as "shark attacks" in his latest blog entry.

Here's Gilbert's latest missive:

There are these things called shark attacks, but there is no such thing as a shark attack. I have never seen a real shark attack. I know you’re making a weird face as you’re reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.

We’re humans. We live on land.

Sharks live in water.

So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack. A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.

When I see on the news where it’s like, “There have been 10 shark attacks,” I’m like, “Hey, for real?! They’re just running around? Sharks are walking now, huh! We live on the land, we don’t live underwater.”

You can find Gilbert Arenas's blog on the NBA.com official site.

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Reader Comments

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Most people don't live on basketball courts either. Next time there is an attack or a fight on the court, it should be denied. There are expletives I could use for Gilbert Arenas, but I will just cry foul, and declare the life facts that there are shark attacks!
   comment# 1   - Monte Petersen · Greenwich, CT · Aug 2, 2007 @ 6:29am

I dont care if you can put a round ball in a bigger round hole and bounce it off the floor that doesn't make you a philosopher or real intelligent. Hey, Gilbert do you shoot the basketball towards the hoop, do you use a gun? dooooe
   comment# 2   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Aug 2, 2007 @ 3:14pm

Ok....this blog is beyond moronic!!! My guess, Gilbert has never been to the ocean.
   comment# 3   - Mike · Osage Beach, MO · Aug 3, 2007 @ 12:14pm

Nah, he's got it exactly right.
   comment# 4   - Emily · Detroit area, USA · Aug 3, 2007 @ 10:28pm

Ok, its true. Gilbert is an less than intelligent person.
   comment# 5   - Richard · Troy, NC · Aug 6, 2007 @ 9:18am

Now< I know why I hate basketball.
   comment# 6   - Rose · Northglenn, CO · Aug 8, 2007 @ 1:27pm

As humans we stay far away from large predatory cats, bears, crazy drivers, the inner city, and just about everything else that would place us in the way of harm. I am not going swimming in the warm Florida water.
   comment# 7   - Steve · San Francisco,Ca. · Aug 9, 2007 @ 10:32am

Arenas did get it right. They are not attacking - like a mugger/robber attacking a person on the street, they are doing what comes natural to them and what their instincts are. We are in their domain, they are not in ours. Take a swim, take your chances! They are not evil, mindless animals, they are actually quite intellingent. If you get bit while taking a swim, it's because they are hungry and you might happen to look like something they eat, simple as that. Here's something to ponder -when we (everyone on Earth) kill off all he animals, we too shall perish AND THAT'S THE TRUTH!
   comment# 8   - Kim · Woodland USA · Aug 15, 2007 @ 1:05pm

SO if a pit bull runs across the grass of the front yard where it lives and rips the face off a 10 year old kid walking across that yard taking a short cut home, he wasn't attacked? If a swarm of killer African bees flies over and stings a farmer 100s of times while he's mowing a field, he's not being attacked? If a 30 year old college student an avid hiker is hiking on a hiking trail in a state park and a mountain lion grabs her from behind crushing her throat and consumes her, she wasn't attacked? If a 55 year old fisherman is standing in 4 ft of water fishing for trout and a bull shark grabs his leg, drags him under then after he gets away it comes back and bites his thigh and savagely rips and tears away flesh until killing the fisherman, he wasn't attacked? If a crocodile swims up to the edge of a creek bed and grabs a young woman just standing by the waters edge and drowns and eats her, she wasn't attacked either? What do you Very intelligent people call being attacked? What is the definition of attacked? All of these have happened in the last ten years.. Stating that a shark attacked someone is not saying they are mindless monsters of the seas,call an apple an apple a duck a duck,, it is what it is an attack on a human!!!!!Keep on fishing its great family sport.
   comment# 9   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Aug 16, 2007 @ 10:57am

Simmer down Robert - everyone is entitled to their opinion - thus the reason for this forum. I agree with you to a certain extent. But all those "attacks" that you mentioned are wild animals doing what comes natural to them, that's the only point I was trying to make. I guess the bottom line is I guess sharks do attack,but it is certainly not a personal thing, that's just nature in it's normal state, and dogs certainly fit that category since they are animals, though I have a dog and the worst thing she would do to you is perhaps lick you to death. I don't know why people own certain breeds of dogs that are unpredictable. But really, all animals are unpredictable but they are not out to get people. The bottom line also is, if you are going to visit and/or be in their territory, beware the risk - be it if you're going to the Woods, Forest, Ocean, Seas, whatever. My dad was and is a fisherman, in fact since he's retired now, that's all he does. Fisherman don't bother me, and in fact, I like to fish myself, but the main thing I want people to take from my message is "WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING LIFE," it's true that the large fishing vessels and industry that pollutes our air and water is probably more responsible for damage to our animals and enviro, but it is ultimately "EVERYONE'S" responsibility to ensure that all the fish in the oceans don't disappear and that "WE ALL CARE
   comment# 10   - Kim · Woodland USA · Aug 16, 2007 @ 1:47pm

Your exactly right, We should all try and preserve our environment through conservation and other efforts to ensure it's future for generations to come. It would be nice to address these issues without the element of deceit or misinterpretation. If a shark or any other animal kills it means to kill, that doesnt mean they have it out for all Humans or like you stated it's not personal,and we should not kill all the speceies that do attack people.Sure there are reasons for attacks, maybe they thought it was prey or mistaken identity, but I beleive Mr Arenas is just playing with words and not being sensible about his statements. The whole world is Our environment and we must co-exist and sustain all it's creatures for sure but call an attack an attack. If someone grabs a shark, well he wasn't attacked He probably deserved it. Keep on fishing it's great family sport
   comment# 11   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska,Texas · Aug 18, 2007 @ 6:55pm

I agree! If you don't want to lose an eye or a leg, stay on the beach! Sharks are love, not hate!!!
   comment# 12   - Neil Brookins · Portland, Oregon USA · Jul 2, 2010 @ 11:16am
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