Perhaps I am giving Brandon Jennings too much credit. Maybe there was more to that obviously harmless hand gesture than it just being retaliation towards someone that broke the NBA code by chest bumping his opponent just a littttttle harder than is necessary to incite an inevitable shove-off. Unfortunately, I didn't hear a "pew-pew" or "blacka-blacka" and I haven't seen any eye-witness testimonies from present parties that feared for their lives. I know that the suspect in question is generally a "shoot first, ask questions later" type, but without such evidence I am going to have to clear him of fake firearm charges, and assume that his finger point was just a fucking finger point.
Is this where we are at in society? From all I have heard about Arizona, the preferred method of saying "hello" to your neighbor is waving a pistol in their direction. Hell, I am pretty sure in Phoenix you can take bullets out of your chamber and use them as currency to pay for stadium beers. Meanwhile, the players on the court are getting tossed from heated competition that generally causes strong emotional reactions after they incidentally form the shape of something that most rational people stopped considering a deadly weapon in 3rd grade? I'm not exactly an expert in public relations, but wouldn't labeling every player that points during a scuffle as some sort of threat be a bad look for a league like the NBA? Aren't there enough athletes that are actually out there doing stupid, criminal shit? Is it really necessary to add fuel to the fire by treating every finger wielding aggressor like they just came straight from Gilbert Arenas' locker?