It was a little more than a year ago that Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton brought guns into the Wizards locker room, resulting in a season-ending suspension for both players. Crittenton, already a marginal player, effectively ended his NBA career with that incident.
In a story with a worse ending that was imaginable after that event, Crittenton is now facing a murder charge, and is wanted by the FBI.
According to Atlanta police, Crittenton fatally shot 22-year old Julian Jones, the mother of four children, on August 19. Jones was walking with a man Crittenton believed robbed him of some jewelry back in April, and shot into the crowd from a black SUV.
The FBI obtained an arrest warrant for Crittenton today, on the charges of unlawful flight to evade prosecution. Atlanta police have a secured a warrant for Crittenton on murder charges.
Crittenton purchased a one way ticket to Los Angeles where officials believe Crittenton is attempting to hide out.
Upon hearing the news, the normally overly-talkative Arenas, who has been known to make a more than a few cringe-worthy remarks on Twitter, actually showed some restraint this time, commenting than since a woman was dead, he would not say what he was thinking. Perhaps that’s a good thing.
Crittenton lasted barely four years in the NBA after being drafted by the Lakers in 2007. He was subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, then to Washington in 2008. After the gun-related suspension last season, he was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats, but was offered a non-guaranteed contract, and the team released him after three weeks.