A once sure fire NBA talent has gone from young and promising to murder suspect. Friday night (August 26th), an arrest warrant was issued for Javaris Crittenton in connection to a drive-by shooting in Atlanta, GA on August 19th that killed a mother of four. Witnesses place him in the back of a black Tahoe and firing the shots. The drive-by according to police was believed to be retaliation for Crittenton being robbed in April.
It’s important to note that he has not been convicted and is currently just a suspect. However, no matter how this turns out it no doubt will be a black cloud over his already life-support of a NBA career. His light and opportunity may very well be done.
Javaris Crittenton was a high school standout at Southwest Christian Academy, starring along side Dwight Howard. Going on to Georgia Tech and playing one season there he was then selected in the 2007 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers 19th overall. While showing signs of promise he was later shipped to Memphis and then on to the Washington Wizards where he would be more infamous than famous.
Crittenton made more headlines in Washington for his gun showdown with then teammate Gilbert Arenas than for anything he did on the court. Being suspended along with Arenas for most of the season. While Arenas took more of the blame by instigating the incident, Javaris would also take the down fall. The Wizards would go on to let him walk as a free agent and he was later signed and cut by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Javaris Crittenton, who is still only 23 years old, had a beef for being the scapegoat in the Gilbert Arenas scandal. He was arguably the victim. A kid with so much talent, now not only has been essentially run out of the NBA for off-court transgressions, but now might be in danger of never getting another chance and spending his life behind bars. Its a sad story that should have a had a happier ending. Crittenton was looked at as a young, slashing and extremely athletic scoring point guard. The sky was the limit on the potential. Given the opportunity he usually produced good numbers. I once saw him come in to a game here in DC versus the Bull and score 16 or the Wizards next 18 points on a surge to get them back in the game.
The talent was and is still there.
Now news of this. Makes you scratch your head. While personally the story sounds a bit of a stretch. Javaris resides in LA and this incident happened in Atlanta. It is possible since he hails from the area and is believed to still have a residence there. Authorities are hoping he will turn himself in which in itself makes you believe that even they find that him being the gunman as skeptical. But a lead they must follow up nonetheless. End story is that no NBA team will touch him after this. This isn’t the NFL. NBA players with major charges rarely get second chances. Especially those that aren’t already superstars like Kobe Bryant. Innocent or guilty, this probably is the last you will ever hear of young Javaris Crittenton and any NBA team. Sad, but true…