By Jeff Goodman
George Mason coach Paul Hewitt spent today flying back to Atlanta to testify as a character witness on behalf of former player Javaris Crittenton.
Hewitt told CBSSports.com that he answered questions for about five minutes, but did not - as was reported - co-sign the $230,000 bond that allowed the ex-NBA player to go free following testimony.
Crittenton has been charged with murder in a drive-by shooting in Atlanta last month.
Hewitt said that Crittenton's high school coach, Courtney Brooks, was the one who signed the bond - along with his pastor, seventh-grade teacher, ex-teammate Darryl Slack and ex-girlfriend Mia Fields.
"There was no money involved with signing of bond," Hewitt told CBSSports.com. "It was symbolic gesture by the judge that Crittenton would be letting them down."
Crittenton played for Hewitt at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft. He also played with the Washington Wizards - where he was involved in a locker room incident with then-teammate Gilbert Arenas that resulted in a gun charge.