On the way to work this morning, I heard Washington Post columnist Mike Wise talking about how Gilbert Arenas was to be sentenced today, and how the Washington Wizards could decide how to move forward, knowing what their options are to get rid of Arenas (jail time would potentially allow them to cut ties without salary ramifications).

On the ride home, listening to Holden Kushner and Liz Drabick on the radio, I was shocked to hear how lenient Arenas’ sentence was. I was expecting some jail time and significant community service, maybe even a decent fine. What did he get?

He has to spend 30 days in a halfway house, must complete 400 hours of community service (which apparently cannot be conducted at basketball clinics), and Gil has to pay a $5,000 fine.

Hey District of Columbia Superior Court, that’s not a sentence. That’s hardly a slap on the wrist.

What’s even more surprising is that all the people calling into “Overtime with Holden Kushner and Liz Drabick” think the punishment was strict enough.

No chance.

Would a stricter sentence be tantamount to making an example out of Gilbert Arenas?

Maybe, but here’s the deal: Gilbert Arenas is a superstar athlete, which means kids and a fair amount of adults idolize / emulate him. So instead of making an example out of him by giving him a harsh sentence, the light sentencing sends an opposite message that what Gilbert Arenas did wasn’t a big deal, or at the very least the message is that athletes get special treatment.

Since D.C. was sending a message with their sentencing, they should’ve gone the more responsible route and given him a harsher sentence.