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Crittenton charged with murder of Atlanta woman

Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 1:08 pm
By Matt Moore

Javaris Crittenton, a former NBA player best known for being suspended by the league for bringing a gun into the Washington Wizards' locker room, has been charged with murder in the shooting of a woman in Atlanta.

From WSBTV in Atlanta
An arrest warrant has been issued for former NBA player and Georgia Tech star Javaris Crittenton in connection with the shooting death of a mother of four, Atlanta police said.

The shooting happened Aug. 19 shortly before 10 p.m. in the 2900 block of Macon Drive in southwest Atlanta.

Investigators said 22-year-old Jullian Jones was walking with others when someone from a dark SUV opened fire. Jones was struck and later died.
via Former NBA player, Ga. Tech star wanted in killing - News Story - WSB Atlanta

The report also states that the targets were two unarmed men in the company of the victim and the shooting is believed to be in retaliation for a robbery of Crittenton in April.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the FBI is involved in the investigation, and that Crittenton is not in custody, as he's currently in L.A. The two men believed to be the target were unharmed and fled the scene. The AJC reports that several people witnessed the shooting.


An athletic guard with handle, Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers, and was then traded to the Grizzlies in the Pau Gasol deal, then later dealt to the Wizards. He infamously became entrenched in the bet that wound up with Gilbert Arenas bringing out his guns in the locker room, with Crittenton making similar threats. He was signed briefly with the Bobcats before the 2010-2011 season but was waived prior the season and finished the year with the D-League. 

More from the Associated Press report: 
Jones, a mother of four, was walking with a group of people on the city's southwest side when she was shot by someone inside a dark-colored SUV, police said.

Investigators say they don't believe the woman was the intended target. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

Crittenton was suspended for the final 38 games of the 2009-10 season by the NBA after he and Arenas acknowledged bringing guns into the locker room. Two days after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1." Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Jan. 25, 2010, and received probation.

After the Wizards declined to re-sign him, he signed a non-guaranteed contract with Charlotte before last season. The Bobcats waived him Oct. 15, and he then played five games in China for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, averaging 25.8 points. He also played 20 games for the NBDL's Dakota Wizards, averaging 14.3 points.

Crittenton was drafted 19th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007. He played little with Los Angeles and was traded to Memphis in his rookie year, then to Washington in December 2008.

Crittenton averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists in 113 NBA games.


Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:11 pm

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Nice Wikipedia quote! If an animal barks,it is probably a dog. If it quacks,it is probably a duck! Call it racist if you want. The guy is a thug!!

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:50 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Two things: this guy is a thug and was destined for maximum security. The system is set up for 22 year olds to have 4 kids. She probably got $2400 a month. Despite that, RIP.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:21 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Crittenton was an exceptional student in high school with a 3.5 , and was a member of the and the Senior Beta Club.<sup id="cite_ref-cstv_0-8" class="reference"></sup>

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:35 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

I'm glad someone brought up the name change from Bullets to Wizards. Back when they were the Bullets (and had a much cooler logo and color scheme) I don't recall the franchise being haunted by this kind of negative publicity related to gunplay. Perhaps it's a conscious backlash against the excessively PC times we live in, I don't know, but if they had remained the Washington Bullets, perhaps these guys would be going around threatening each other with magic wands and turning each other into horney toads instead of riddling them with bullets. Just some junk food for thought...

Also, many of the comments so far have been predictably racist, though the one about the deceased woman's kids being destined for welfare got me thinking-- if this woman was only 22 and had 4 kids, she was likely already receiving child support from Antonio Cromartie so at least some of the children should be pretty well taken care of.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:07 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Just another episode of an athlete that got the big bucks, but  still living in the hood. It happens pretty often in all sports, but especially in basketball. He had a chance to live a gong, happy life, but was too involved in the ways of the street to let it happen. So many people would do anything to have the opportunity that he had, but life is life. In retrospect, Double 0 was lucky that nothing really bad happened to him in the weapon episode with this criminal. This will probably always happen in sports since so many of the players come from this same type of situation, basically gang related. It is good when a player can overcome his past and become a success.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:07 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

i really hope he had nothing to do with this.   but with the FBI on the case, this doesnt look good for him.  

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 9:43 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

We can argue legalities and morality all day long but the sad thing is that these types of stories don't really surprise anyone anymore.
Stories along these lines surface routinely. Go back to the 60's when there were only about 16 MLB teams..6 NHL and maybe 10 NBA and this sort of thing just simply did not happen. I saw the Chicago Bulls play a game in their innaugural season--about '67-'68 against the now defunct Cincy Royals and the GREAT Oscar Roberston who AVERAGED a triple double for a whole season (Jerry Lucas was also on that team). The Bulls, with a rookie named Jerry Sloan and a great guard named Guy Rodgers won that night.

I suggest you arm yourselves folks because the nearest police officer is only minutes away when your home gets broken into. That's plenty of time--right? May the Lord provide for the four orphans left behind in this crime.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 9:39 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law maybe, but not in the court of public opinion.  If I have a shady friend come over and I later see $20 missing, I'm not waiting for a court to prove his guilt. 

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 9:37 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

great, 4 more kids on welfare

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 9:27 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

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Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges


A mother of four lost her life you ignorant racist moron.

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