It's possible that I could be wrong, it's possible that John Wall is not holding up the gang sign known as "bk" or "blood killer". Maybe it's the angle that I'm looking at it from, the timing of the picture being taken or possibly even a different hand gesture that the Kentucky Wildcats used when they scored. Highly unlikely, but it's all possible that this is anything but John Wall throwing up a gang sign.
I also wanted to include this picture of John Wall throwing up three's. This one is what started to confuse me. The top picture of the "bk" sign is one that a crip or a folk would throw up in order to disrespect rival gang members, whereas this picture to the left is a symbol of three fingers up, commonly used in Boston as a sign of hometown pride and also a "b" up, supporting the blood gang. Now I don't know too much about it, but I do know that you don't jump back and forth between blood and crip, that will get someone hurt very badly or even killed. It's possible that Wall simply made a three pointer before this picture was taken, it's possible that he's not a gang member, but it's not going to be acceptable for John Wall to be able to flash gang signs while Paul Pierce was fined for throwing up three's in appropriate situations (after making a three pointer).
Although Pierce was said to be a gang member when he first arrived in Boston, leading up to his stabbing that happened is his first days in Boston, there are multiple players in the NBA with gang involvement. This not only gives a wrong message to the young fans watching, but could put themselves and others in dangerous situations. Don't get me started on Ron Artest and his shout out to Queensbridge on National Television during the Finals. This also upsets me again that it was such a huge story and a fine was passed down to Paul Pierce, again for throwing three's in an appropriate situation yet other players in the NBA blatantly show gang involvement with no consequences.
Gang Members In The NBA
There is a picture from Hardwood Paroxysm, of Chicago Bulls Guard Derrick Rose throwing "Gangster Disciples" signs at what looks like a house filled with smoke. There was another article from August 2009 that included Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, JR Smith, Quentin Richardson and Nate Robinson flashing gang signs (or not). There were also some issues surrounding JR Smith's Twitter account where some of Smith's tweets were perceived as gang related.
Look at the situation that John Wall is coming into. Gilbert Arenas was suspended for pulling a gun on his teammate in the locker room last season. Here's a brief conversation between Bill Simmons and Tony Kornheiser the other night on ESPN's NBA free agent summit:
Simmons: Plan B is terrible for them, but plan F is worse: Gilbert Arenas.
Tony Kornheiser: See, I've got a horse in that race, because now I no longer live in New York, I live in Washington D.C, and Gilbert Arenas will be poisonous for John Wall. So the Wizards must push him somewhere.
Just imagine what would go on in the locker room and in D.C. if Arenas and Wall were spending as much time together as teammates do. Then think of which one of them would kill the other first over a fifteen dollar dispute. Oh, by the way, look at what else I found:
Thanks to Michael K. Robinson of MKRob's Sports Blog for permission to use the pictures of John Wall.