You’ll recall that Washington Wizards star Gil Arenas was busted earlier this year on the admittedly absurd charge of disobeying a police order (a Miami cop — it’s always a Miami cop — said he was blocking traffic and ordered Arenas and fellow Wizard Awvee Storey to get back on the sidewalk), to which Arenas famously replied: “You can’t arrest me. I’m a basketball player.” The Arenas comment was hardly the first, nor the last, of its genre: precedents were set by our own Ty Law (“Don’t touch me, I’m a professional athlete,” he said while in Miami), former ski legend Bill Johnson (“You don’t have one of these,” Johnson bragged to arresting cops in his DUI case, holding up his gold medal), and UMaine hoop star and future Vegas summer league afterthought Nik Caner-Medley (“I’m from Maryland and nobody can beat me,” he bragged during a nightclub disturbance arrest).
Now we have one more. Last week, former Cubs and Braves outfielder Dwight Smith — no, not that Dwight Smith, the Minnesota Viking with the lengthy road rage history who was busted a few weeks ago; another Dwight Smith entirely — was busted in Atlanta, Georgia, on cocaine charges. According to police, he asked cops to “give him a break because he was a former major-league baseball player.” Call it a half-Arenas. Cops declined and hauled him to the pokey. Smith joins Otis Nixon as celebrated ’90s Braves spending the next millennium high on coke.
When he’s not googling “Michael Irvin” and “American hero,” Matt Taibbi is writing for Rolling Stone. He can be reached atM_Taibbi@yahoo.com.
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