Tag:Javaris Crittenton
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:04 pm

Report: Murder suspect Crittenton arrested again

Javaris Crittenton was reportedly arrested again.(Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has mostly stayed out of the news since last August, when he was charged with murder in the shooting death of a 22-year-old mother of four in Georgia.

That changed on Wednesday morning, when Crittenton was reportedly arrested again by authorities in Georgia.

TMZ.com reports that Crittenton was arrested for "speeding and obstruction of an officer" after getting pulled over for driving 60 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone in a "black Porsche." 
When the cop wrote up the ticket, Javaris refused to sign it, something you have to do to acknowledge receipt of the citation. As a result, we're told the officer asked Javaris to step out of the vehicle -- and Javaris refused again.

We're told words were exchanged -- and after the officer reasoned with Javaris, the former NBA player agreed to step out of the car ... at which point he was placed under arrest for speeding and obstruction of an officer. He was subsequently transported to Clayton County jail, where he is currently being processed.
Police charged Crittenton with murder last year, alleging that he shot into a crowd of people after being robbed of more than $50,000 worth of jewelry. The FBI had to track down and arrest Crittenton in California after he apparently fled across the country after the incident.

Prior to the murder rap, Crittenton was best known for his involvement in a 2009 dispute over gambling debts with then-Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas. The dispute ended with Arenas getting suspended for bringing guns into the Wizards locker room. Crittenton was released by the team shortly thereafter.

Crittenton, now 23, played just two seasons in the NBA, including stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and Wizards. He was cut by the Charlotte Bobcats during training camp in 2010 and had been playing in the D-League. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists in 16.4 minutes per game during his NBA career.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:24 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 12:09 pm

NBA Lockout Indiscretion Power Rankings

Posted by Ben Golliver


With Labor Day in the rearview and another collective bargaining agreement negotiating session on the slate for Wednesday, the NBA has turned a corner. The long, hot lockout summer is kaput.

Thanks to a relatively weak 2011 NBA Draft and without Summer League or a free agency signing period, this summer was mundane compared to the average NBA summer and a major letdown from the hysterical Summer of 2010. Without player movement and roster restructuring to dominate the headlines, our collective attention turned to empty and half-hearted labor rhetoric, planking, tattoos, sponsor trips to Asia, and street ball games.

And one other thing: player indiscretions, both on and off the court. For years, player conduct has been a hot button issue for the league. With that in mind, we present the authors of the top-10 indiscretions of the 2011 NBA lockout.


10. Derek Anderson: Alleged financier of major cocaine operation

The temptation was to leave Anderson, a former guard for a number of NBA teams, including the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat, off of this list because of the sketchy nature of his accuser. Ultimately, the scope of the charges leveled against him simply cannot be ignored. In August, convicted killer Francois Cunningham alleged that Anderson bankrolled a major cocaine operation in Louisville, KY. Anderson maintained his innocence, through an attorney, and police have not yet charged him with a crime. Coincidentally, Anderson says on his website that he has a television series in production that is set in Georgia and based off of “The Wire.” Hopefully Anderson won’t be the next Snoop.

9. Latrell Sprewell: Millions owed in back taxes

Sure, failing to pay your taxes is kind of a boring transgression. Either the IRS or the state department of revenue is the aggrieved party and it’s hard for the average person to feel much sympathy for them. The best way to spice it up, though, is to owe so much that you actually lead your state in delinquency. That doesn’t happen every day, but former NBA guard Latrell Sprewell, best known for choking Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo and for saying that he needed to ”feed his family” when he turned down a $20 million + contract offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, finds himself in that exact situation. The state of Wisconsin published a top-100 list of delinquent taxpayers and Sprewell, a Wisconsin native who also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, holds the very top spot, owing the state more than $3 million.

8. Stephon Marbury: Millions owed to bank over failed sneaker company

I know what you’re thinking: the only thing more boring than owing millions in state taxes is owing millions to a bank. Fair point. That would apply in most cases, but former NBA guard Stephon Marbury is, quite obviously, not most cases. The man who got a tattoo on the side of his head and once ate Vaseline on a live internet stream famously launched an eponymous line of discount sneakers back in 2006. His main retail partner went under, the sneakers drew complaints about quality after some initial positive buzz and now Marbury, currently playing professionally in China, is staring at a $16 million loan that needs to be paid back. Anyone know the specifics of Chinese extradition laws?

7. Kendrick Perkins: Arrested after bar brawl in Texas

When this story first broke, it seemed like absolute chaos. When the dust settled it looked far more routine. Perkins, center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was home in Texas conducting a children’s basketball camp when he decided to go out for a night on the town. That night ended with him behind bars on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication after he allegedly attempted to fight the club’s manager. Perkins looks like he is posing for an angry mug shot regardless of what is happening around him so we can assume he was prepared for the incident’s legal aftermath. Through an attorney he has maintained that he is innocent of the charges and that he wasn’t drunk. Still, that was too little, too late, at least by the Thunder’s standards, as the first truly bad headline including the OKC Boy Scouts had been written. Assuming nothing else happens, it will likely be a blip on the radar.

6. Michael Beasley: Marijuana bust and shoving incident with fan

Beasley has the unique honor of being the only active player on this list with multiple indiscretions to his name this summer. The fun began with a relatively routine marijuana bust in July, when Beasley was allegedly caught with marijuana in his car while driving nearly 20 miles over the speed limit. Of course, the circumstances were a bit more serious given that Beasley had previously entered rehab and pledged to his new boss, Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn, that he would remain drug-free. Weeks later, Beasley lost his cool during an exhibition game in New York City, shoving a courtside fan in the face after a back-and-forth trash-talking session. The 28 GMs who didn’t bite when the Miami Heat gave him away for nothing last summer all feel vindicated.

5. Zach Randolph: Drug dealer allegedly assaulted at his home

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is the highest-profile current player to find himself in a messy situation this summer. That comes as no surprise to those who have watched his career unfold, as sketchy friends, drug allegations, late-night beatings and the like have seemed to follow him at every stop. In the latest installment, an Oregon drug dealer alleges that Randolph “snatched” his marijuana from him and refused to pay, then watched as Randolph’s friends beat him so badly with pool cues that he had to be hospitalized. Any time your police report reads like a game of Clue– “Associates in the living room with a pool cue” – that’s a really bad sign. Will Randoph ever get a clue? Probably not, and it hasn’t cost him yet, as he just signed a super-rich contract extension with the Grizzlies.

4. Darius Miles: Airport gun incident

Miles, a former teammate of Randolph’s on the so-called “Jail Blazers,” was arrested in the most perplexing and depressing of circumstances. Knee injuries robbed Miles of what should have been the second half of his NBA career and, at 29, he hasn’t touched an NBA court since the 2008-2009 season. In early August, Miles was taken into custody after allegedly trying to take a loaded gun through airport security at St. Louis’ Lambert Airport. That sentence prompts so many questions that it is difficult to know where to begin. Why did he need a gun? Was it for personal protection or image? How could he possibly have thought he would make it through security? If you carry a gun with you for long enough, can you forget you have it with you? And, perhaps most importantly: Is the Darius Miles Story doomed to reach an unhappy ending?

3. Jay Vincent: Jailed on fraud charges

Vincent, childhood friend and former teammate of Magic Johnson at Michigan State and with the Los Angeles Lakers, racked up 413 career steals during a nine-year NBA career. In the twenty years since he retired, Vincent has racked up thousands more. A Michigan court sentenced Vincent to more than five years in jail for his role in an online scam that bilked roughly $1 million out of 20,000 people. During the trial proceedings, Vincent was caught in another alleged scam in which he placed ads for a fake basketball team, charging prospective players a fee for a tryout that never materialized. Not even a plea from Johnson himself could save Vincent from doing hard time.

2. Samaki Walker: Arrested for marijuana and illegal steroid possession

The scope of Walker’s alleged crimes isn’t as grave as many of the others on this list, but it’s certainly the most humorous. Was there a better headline anywhere over the last few months than “Samaki Walker eats marijuana during arrest”? I doubt it. Walker, former Dallas Mavericks lottery pick and member of the 2002 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, was pulled over by police in Arizona and allegedly had 10 grams of marijuana and liquid steroids in his car. His plan to avoid suspicion was simple: make the marijuana disappear from sight by ingesting it. That’s one of those ideas that is either so brilliant it’s stupid or so stupid it’s brilliant. Either way, it didn’t work. At 35, his professional basketball career is winding down, and he claimed he was using the steroids because they were legal in Syria, where he most recently played. Once it’s time to retire, Walker will surely be able to find work playing himself if they ever make a “Dude, where’s my car” sequel.

1. Javaris Crittenton: Charged with murder

This list ends on a terribly tragic note. Crittenton, a former NBA guard best known for his 2009 locker room dispute over a card game with former Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas that involved guns and saw both players suspended for the season, has been charged with murdering a mother of four in his native Georgia. Police say Crittenton fired at the woman in retaliation for an April robbery in which two men took more than $50,000 worth of jewelry from him at gunpoint outside a barber shop. Crittenton is innocent until proven guilty, but his life will never be the same. And, of course, the life of the victim in the alleged murder, Jullian Jones, has been lost forever.

Dishonorable Mention

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum was allegedly caught parking in a handicapped parking space at a grocery store, despite the presence of many unused, normal parking spots just yards away. The act could have subjected him to a minor fine. This one wasn’t really criminal, but it was criminally immature and insensitive.

Future Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal has found himself in the middle of so many bizarre lawsuits this summer – allegations of wiretapping, hiring hit men, ordering murders, kidnapping, sex tapes, you name it – that it’s impossible to place him on this list.

Missed child support payments are, sadly, a common problem for former professional athletes, but Fab 5 member and former guard for the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets Jimmy King put a twist on the situation, finding himself arrested at church by Michigan police. At church? Is nothing sacred!

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes punched an opponent during a Bay Area pro-am game and New York Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman headbutted Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez during a FIBA Americas game. Both incidents didn’t quite seem serious enough to crack the top-10.

Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 6:32 pm

Crittenton tweeted about 'trouble' after murder

Posted by Ben Golliverjavaris-crittenton

Just about every single day we hear about a professional athlete getting himself into trouble on Twitter. But not this kind of trouble.

Former NBA guard Javaris Crittenton, who has been charged with and arrested for the murder of a mother of four in Atlanta, wrote a string of updates on his Twitter account before and after August 19, the date the alleged killing took place. One week later, Crittenton's account -- @JayCrittDTE -- was deleted.

TrueHoop.com carefully combed through an archive of Crittenton's feed, which had been set to private well before the incident, looking for clues and references to the crime. While no smoking gun was found, a potential alibi and a few causes for concern were revealed.

On the night of the murder, the site reported, Crittenton posted six messages and made reference to seeing the movie, Planet of the Apes.

In the days after the shooting, multiple messages were posted in which Crittenton sounded defensive. "I hear people out here slandering my name," read one message. "They want me to fall so bad. I just can’t though. Wish folks would stop praying on my downfall."
Another read: "Damn, they wanna label me a menace!"

Crittenton wrote another meesage addressing and apparently challenging people whom he referred to as "twitter thugs and gangsters."

"Don’t play tough behind your phones and computers," he wrote. "I’m wherever you want me to be."

Crittenton went on to tweet about traveling to Los Angeles, where he was arrested on Monday. His final message on the site was posted on Aug. 26, the same day that the murder charge became public. "This is crazy. Trouble continues to follow me for some reason. I put my trust in God."

Can we take anything from these tweets either way? Not really. There are no direct references to criminal activity and the travel logistics only confirm what was already reported by the media or suspected by law enforcement. The allusions to "trouble", "slander", "gangsters" and his "downfall" aren't all that far out of the ordinary for those regularly relying on rap vernacular for their online musings. At least not enough to stand as suspicious on their own.

A more important question: Should we be trying to take anything from these tweets? Definitely not. 

Given the stakes -- the death of one woman and Crittenton's future -- rushing to judgment or convicting someone off of vague social networking posts would be a major mistake. It would undercut the "innocent until proven guilty" philosophy that is the basis for the American justice system and it would only serve to cloud what is already a horrific situation.

As this legal process unfolds, it will be fascinating to see whether these posts are used by either side. They could serve to corroborate his whereabouts in the days following the incident and could support a potential alibi for his location on the day of the shooting. Those time/place details are crucial for both the prosecution and the defense during any murder trial.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 7:29 pm

Police: Crittenton was robbed of $55K in jewelry

Posted by Ben Golliverjavaris-crittenton

What drives a man to murder?

It's impossible to truly know, but motives come in all shapes and sizes. For Javaris Crittenton, a former NBA player charged with murdering a mother of four in Atlanta, one possible motive, according to police, is revenge for a robbery at gunpoint. 

The Associated Press reports new details of an April robbery that Crittenton had previously reported to police.

Crittenton told police he and a friend were leaving a barbershop around 10:50 p.m. April 21 when two teenagers surprised them as they returned to their car, according to police report released to The Associated Press.

One teenager held Crittenton at gunpoint and ordered him to "give me what you got," he told police. He said he handed over a $25,000 black diamond necklace, a $30,000 black diamond watch, an iPhone and $25 cash, according to the report.

Jullian Jones, the woman whom police allege was shot by Crittenton, was reportedly outside her home with a male teenager when she was gunned down. The man, Trontavious Stephens, denies knowing and robbing Crittenton but identified him as the shooter, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Crittenton had sought to borrow money in 2010 from former Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas to pay for his mother's "escalating medical bills" even after a locker room confrontation between the two saw both players suspended. The paper also quoted Arenas as saying that Crittenton had been acting "more gangsta" following their confrontation, which involved guns in the Verizon Center's locker room.

Crittenton, 23, has claimed his innocence and was arrested at an airport in California on Monday as he attempted to fly back to Georgia to turn himself in to authorities. His NBA career lasted just two seasons, including stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and Wizards. He was cut by the Charlotte Bobcats during training camp in 2010 and had been playing in the D-League. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists in 16.4 minutes per game in the NBA.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:02 pm

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

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.

Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:47 am

Crittenton arrested at California airport by FBI

By Matt Moore

The AP reports that Javaris Crittenton has been arrested at John Wayne International Airport in L.A. by FBI agents after checking in for a flight to Atlanta. Crittenton was wanted through the weekend following an arrest warrant issued by Atlanta police in connection with the murder of a mother of four on August 19th. Crittenton's attorney said Monday that his client is innocent and would be taking the flight

An FBI spokesperson said Crittenton was arrested without incident. The arrest brings an end to concern for Crittenton's status after not being heard from since the announce of the arrest warrant. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the long-time boyfriend of the victim in the shooting planned to propose to her that night, and that her four children could hear the shots from inside the house. Crittenton is expected to be charged with the firing of shots from a black SUV in a drive-by armed assault aimed at two unarmed men in the same area. The victim, Jullian Jones, is not thought by police to be the target of the shooting. The targeted men fled the scene, unharmed. On Friday, Crittenton booked a one-way flight to Los Angeles, according to multiple media outlets. 

We'll update this post as the story develops.
Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 5:46 pm

Crittenton says he's innocent, will turn self in

Posted by Royce Young

Not long after the FBI put out a wanted poster for Javaris Crittenton that included the words "armed and dangerous," the former NBA point guard will turn himself in, according to his attorney via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Crittenton will be on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive in his hometown "very early [Tuesday] morning," said attorney Brian Steel, retained by family members earlier Monday.

"Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name," Steel told the AJC. "He's innocent of the charges."


"It appears Mr. Crittenton observed who he thought was the perpetrator walking down the street," Meadows said. "It so happens Miss Jones was walking down the street at the same time."

Authorities say NBA journeyman, waived last fall by his fourth team in as many years, purchased a one-way airline ticket to Los Angeles last Wednesday. An FBI spokesman said Monday agents believe Crittenton remains in the Los Angeles area, where he has family and friends.

Steel said his client offered to turn himself in to Los Angeles authorities but APD officials requested he return to Atlanta instead. APD spokesman Carlos Campos declined comment.

Here's to hoping Crittenton's telling the truth. But at least we're getting somewhere in this. Turning himself in is a whole lot better than being a wanted man by the FBI.

Category: NBA
Posted on: August 29, 2011 3:18 pm

Javaris Crittenton has an FBI 'Wanted' poster

Posted by Royce Young

This is definitely not the kind of poster NBA players dream about being on.

Via TMZ, police in Atlanta have issued an official "wanted" poster for Javaris Crittenton who is a suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old women. According to the poster, Crittenton is considered "armed and dangerous." Also, the poster lists "cash reward" as part of helping to locate Crittenton's whereabouts.

The most recent information suggests Crittenton is in Los Angeles, but obviously it's not exactly known where he is. The FBI division in Atlanta issued this release:
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian D. Lamkin, in conjunction with Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. Martinez, Los Angeles FBI, requests the public’s assistance in the following matter:
Javaris Crittenton, age 23, of Fayetteville, Georgia, is wanted by the Atlanta Police Department on murder charges stemming from the August 19, 2011 fatal shooting of 22 year old Julian Jones. On that date, officers responding to a shooting found Ms. Jones with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Witnesses in the matter stated that a dark colored SUV vehicle drove by the location firing an assault type rifle.
Crittenton, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player, is believed to have traveled to the Los Angeles, California area where he is known to have family and friends. Investigators learned that on August 24th, Crittenton purchased and traveled on a one way airline ticket to Los Angeles.
On Monday, August 29, 2011, the Atlanta Office FBI obtained a federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) arrest warrant for Crittenton.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this individual should contact their local law enforcement agency, the Atlanta FBI Office, tel. (404) 679-9000, or the Los Angeles FBI Office, tel. (310) 477-6565.
Category: NBA
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