3Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), attests that Mr. Arenas is a “quiet and polite individual”who does not “display the swagger and personality of someone of his acclaim.”
Mr. Arenas’ Background
Mr. Arenas was born in Tampa, Florida, and spent his early childhood in Miami. He wasraised by a single mother for the first three years of his life, until she fell victim to a narcoticshabit. His father, Gilbert Arenas, Sr., then took custody of his son, and Mr. Arenas has not had arelationship with his mother since. His father raised him in Tampa until he was seven years old,at which point he and his father moved to Los Angeles, where his father worked odd jobs whilepursuing his dream of being an actor. For a period after arriving in Los Angeles, Mr. Arenas andhis father spent time living in a car, and as a close friend explained, Mr. Arenas’ childhood was“riddled with a lot of uncertainty.”
Mr. Arenas’ HumorThe challenging circumstances of his childhood had two primary effects on the shapingof Mr. Arenas’ personality. First, it caused him to turn to humor as a way of deflecting the morenegative aspects of life. Mr. Arenas’ father explains that his son has always been “very fragile ina lot of ways; he just laughs and smiles to hide the pain.”
Echoing that theme, a close friendexplains that “[h]e has been through a lot of hurt in his life, stemming from a poverty-strickenchildhood that followed his mother abandoning him and he’s developed a shield from it all bymaking people smile.”
Mr. Arenas “was always a jokester that learned to laugh away the
PSR at 17.
Letter of Alana Beard, a player for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics who is Mr. Arenas’ friend andcolleague (Ex. 3).
Letter of Gilbert Arenas, Sr. (Ex. 2).
Letter of Dave McMenamin, a journalist for ESPN, who has gotten to know Mr. Arenas well over thepast four years (Ex. 22).