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Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:02 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Following the infamous gun incident in the Wizards locker room in 2009, both Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton swore to a reformed life. Crittenton even said this:

"Use wisdom in everything and just don’t get caught up in foolishness and nonsense and crazy people around you ... It was a bad decision on both ends and we’re trying to move forward with our careers and our lives.”

It's a good stance and a good way to turn things around after that ugly mess in Washington. But via the Washington Post's Mike Wise who was recalling a past conversation between him and Arenas, the former D.C. point guard actually had heard that Crittenton wasn't living by his words.

Asked whether he had spoken to Javaris Crittenton since they were both suspended for the remainder of the 2009-2010 NBA season and Arenas had spent 30 days in a halfway house, Arenas replied, “No, but I heard he became more hard.”

More hard, he explained, meant “more gangsta.”

“You know, like some people turn over a new leaf when something bad like that changes their life. I heard Javaris went the other way — he became more ’hood, more hardened in that way. I don’t know if that’s the case, but that’s what I heard.”

By his words, Crittenton was turning over a new leaf. He tried out for the Bobcats, went to the D-League and by all appearances was trying to switch things around. But the latest incident Crittenton is tangled up in suggets otherwise.

Now of course Crittenton isn't guilty of murder until it's proven so. He just was arrested in Los Angeles and his lawyer claims his client is innocent and will have his name cleared. I certainly hope so.

Keep in mind Arenas' comments aren't something he saw or witnessed. He just said he "heard" Crittenton was going the other way. I'm sure Arenas has people that know people so it's probably fairly accurate, especially considering recent events, but it's not like this is something that can be used in court against Crittenton.

Still, an interesting take on the situation and something that kind of helps to make sense of it.


Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:33 pm

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

OK Blade, I'll take the bait on your trolling... at least I hope you're trolling for your sake.

I don't claim to know about things that I don't actually know about and then write misleading headlines to get more views.  The point is that Arenas doesn't actually know anything about the situations.  He even says he doesn't.  And it's not hard to get an athlete to talk junk about another athlete, especially when they aren't teammates.

What a weird thing for you to get all defensive about! 

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:21 pm

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

canes 5 you're the expert-you know everyting right? This article is good reporting,  it's great to get any athlete to say ANYTHING. Any reporter that can get someone (Arenas) to talk junk about a fellow athlete has gotten himself a scoop. Get lost whiner.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:08 pm

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

More excellent reporting!  I love the sources here.  "I read a story by a guy who interviewed someone who said he heard something."  (Let's just bury that part down at the bottom of the story after we've already skewed people's opinions.  If this was written for a Journalism 101 class it would get an "F"

Gotta love how "blogging" has turned into "reporting." 

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:53 pm

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

you are an absolute monkey moron...speak english.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:42 pm

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

Maybe Gilbert Arenas should watch his back: 

"Cause the boys in the hood are always hard...
you come talking that trash, we'll pull ya card"  

It appears Javaris Crittenton isn't afraid of pulling cards.  

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