Javaris Crittenton, who played three seasons in the NBA, has been indicted on charges of murder and gang activity. The former first-round pick was charged with the murder of Julian Jones, an Atlanta woman, and the attempted murder of another man.
Jones was shot and killed in August 2011 while she was out walking with a group. Authorities claim that shooting and a second shooting were gang-related and likely in response to Crittenton being robbed earlier. The 25-year-old’s lawyer, Brian Steel, claims his client is not guilty.
Crittenton’s cousin Douglas Gamble is charged along with him.
The Los Angeles Lakers made Crittenton the No. 19 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, but before his rookie season was over he was shipped to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the deal that brought Pau Gasol to the Lakers. Then in December of 2008, Crittenton was part of a three-team trade that sent him to the Washington Wizards.
On December 24, 2009, Crittenton and teammate Gilbert Arenas drew guns on each other in the Wizards’ locker room as the result of an argument over gambling debts. On January 10, 2010 he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge as a result of the incident. Two days later he and Arenas were suspended for the rest of the NBA season by David Stern.
Since then, Crittenton has bounced around from Charlotte, to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (China), to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League.
Crittenton has never been much of a player in the NBA despite an immense level of talent. He left Georgia Tech after just one season and has struggled both personally and professionally since. Now he could be headed to prison for the rest of his life.