Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton made the news again but this headline also includes a murder charge.
Trouble continues to follow the controversial player who was suspended from the NBA for an incident that involved possessing guns in the Washington Wizards’ locker room. Teammate Gilbert Arenas was also involved in that past fiasco but Arenas seemed to take the brunt of the discipline.
This time Crittenton is on his own.
He was arrested at a Los Angeles area airport by the FBI and authorities from Atlanta after he checked in for a Delta Air Lines flight that was headed to Atlanta.
The murder warrant for Crittenton was originally put in place by Atlanta police after they investigated the August 19 shooting of a 22-year-old woman named Jullian Jones. According to police, the woman was walking in her neighborhood with two men and was shot, possibly mistakenly, by Crittenton.
Police have stated they believe one of the other men were the actual target; and one of those men may have been suspected of stealing jewelry from Crittenton.
Back to that incident while with the Wizards in 2009. Arenas and Crittenton and Arenas had an argument on a team flight that carried over into the locker room several days later. Arenas brought four guns to the team’s practice and communicated for Crittenton to choose one. Crittenton responded by exposing a gun of his own.
The results of that incident favored Crittenton who was let off with a slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to a B.S. misdemeanor charge and he received a one-year term of unsupervised probation. Arenas served time after also pleading guilty then both were soon traded or cut from the team.
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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.
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