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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly #5: Javaris Crittenton

I apologize in advance for this disturbing post, but as a former fan of this former NBA player... I was shocked and appalled to hear this recent news.

If you're having a great day and are enjoying your weekend... please skip this post. I just felt the need to write this out... to document my frustrations as a former fan and collector of his cards.

The Good

In his sophomore year of high school, he won the state championship with Dwight Howard as his teammate. Two years later, he was named a McDonald's All American. He decided to play at Georgia Tech where he had a solid freshman year... averaging 2.o steals, 3.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 14.4 points per game.

He entered the NBA draft after one year of college and was drafted with the 19th pick in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Later that season, he was part of the package that was sent to the Grizzlies in return for landing Pau Gasol.

The Bad

Sometime either in December of 2009 or January of 2010... Crittenton and former teammate Gilbert Arenas drew guns on each other in a locker room dispute. Both were suspended for the rest of the season. Crittenton pleaded guilty on a misdemeanor gun charge and was given a year of probation. Last year, he signed a contract with the Charlotte Bobcats, who quickly released him. Since then, he's played in China and the NBDL.

The Ugly

According to ESPN, Crittenton has been charged with the murder of a woman in Atlanta. Reports state that it appears to be in retaliation for a previous robbery, but sadly Crittenton missed the intended target and hit the innocent bystander. This story is extremely sad... and Crittenton's slide down his slippery slope is nothing short of ugly.

In my lifetime, I've never been through anything like this... and I'm clueless as to what the victim's family is really going through. But I know that anytime you lose a loved one, it isn't easy.

I hope justice is served and Crittenton and/or whoever else is guilty of this heinous act is punished to the full extent of the law.

That's it... I have nothing more to write about this subject. Good night.


  1. Just an amazing come down for this guy - The Arneas incident takes on new meaning

  2. and he just got arrested

  3. His attorney said he turned himself in and is that he's not guilty. So there's still hope that he can clear his name of this shameful act.