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M.L. Carr: Packin’

Presented without comment on current events, a passage I read on the subway this morning from “When the Game Was Ours”:

After a couple of racial incidents involving his family, the affable [M.L.] Carr carried a registered gun with him at all times, including game days to and from Boston Garden, a practice he continued when he became coach.

(And yes, I realize Arenas had serious registration issues with his handguns. I mean it when I say I’m presenting this without comment on the Arenas case; I just couldn’t believe I happened to read that passage today, with his sentencing approaching).

  • What More Can I Say?

    I think the real issue is NBA players bringing guns in a locker room. The irony is…if his guns were registered properly and the exact same scenario came to fruition (Arenas and Crit horseplaying), would Arenas be doing any jail time at all? Thoughts?

    I absolutely believe ML Car was packing. Boston is historically one of the most racist cities in our country and I’m sure plenty of people couldn’t handle Black men making that much money playing basketball in the eighties. Matter of fact, reading some of the comments about Toine Walker on these blogs (not this one), I wonder how much things have changed.

  • Thomas

    Obviously there are several important contrasts between Arenas’ actions and those detailed in the aforementioned publication. Carr had a legally registered weapon. Arenas did not. Carr carried a single firearm. Arenas carried four. Carr used the handgun for his and his family’s protection based on serious racial inccidents that warranted such action. Arenas used the four handguns for intimidation in settling an argument over a card game. All important distictions when it comes to evaluating these two fact patterns.
    Many rules for players in the modern NBA are quite different than in years past, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise, or really even as a noteworthy fact to anyone that has been paying attention to the league over the past three or four decades. At one time you could throw a punch at an opponent in the second quarter and hit the game winner in overtime without recourse. Just because it once was, does not mean it should always be so. Just the same as the rules for extreme fouls and fighting have evolved, so too have rules for firearms in NBA arenas. The trend has been in the direction of safety and the promotion of more family friendly environments in the past decade, and this is another facet of that overall effort.
    The interesting part for me is that Carr has also detailed how he never fired the gun, but had to use it a few times; drawing any firearm without firing it is a felony in the Commonwealth (assualt with a deadly weapon). I suppose then, that they are both guilty of crimes.
    And comments on blogs are hardly an indication of overall racial attitudes in any given location. Boston has been a racist place in the past and just like many other places in this country (and pretty much every other country), there are people who still don’t get it. People can be racist. People can also be albinoes or serial killers or priests or presidents. It doesn’t mean they all are.

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