Javaris Crittenton, the guy who drew guns with Gilbert Arenas in the Washington Wizards’ locker room in December of 2009, is wanted by police in Atlanta for murder. An arrest warrant was issued this evening for Crittenton following an August 19 shooting.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Javaris Crittenton faces a homicide charge in the death of Jullian Jones, according to Carlos Campos, APD spokesman.
Jones was walking with others near 2915 Macon Drive in southwest Atlanta around 10 p.m. Aug. 19 when she was shot, Campos said. She later died from her injuries.
Investigators do not believe Jones was the intended target. Crittenton may have been seeking retaliation after being robbed April 21, 2011, Campos said.
Crittenton, one of the most decorated players in Georgia high school basketball history, went to Georgia Tech for one year before getting taken in the first round by the Lakers in 2007. He bounced around to Memphis and Washington and was a non-factor, and then the gun incident happened. Crittenton, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard with no perimeter game, hasn’t played an NBA game since April 2009.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Crittenton destroyed Arenas in a card game, but Arenas refused to pay him. Crittenton hounded Arenas for the money – reportedly, a five-figure sum – and then the gun incident happened.
When the Wizards returned to practice, Arenas unlocked three unloaded guns out of a strong box in his locker and laid them on a locker-room chair and instructed Crittenton to choose one. The Washington Post reported Crittenton had playfully threatened to shoot Arenas in his knee on the plane, and that offering him a gun to deliver the deed was a way of trying to diffuse the tension.
Arenas – whose once-promising career was robbed by injuries prior to the gun incident – has never been the same. And Crittenton, if these charges stick, will probably spend a long time in jail.