In high school, Javaris Crittenton was named Mr. Georgia Basketball and had a 3.5 GPA. He went to Georgia Tech, starred for a year, and was drafted with the 19th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2008.
Then, in 2009, he became the other guy in the “Gilbert Arenas and some other player pull guns on each other in the Wizards locker room” story.
We haven’t heard much from Arenas lately, and we’ve heard virtually nothing about Crittenton since the incident. Aside from a three-week stint with the Bobcats, Crittenton has been out of the NBA.
On Wednesday, Crittenton was indicted on charges of murder and gang activity.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s office said Crittenton, 25, and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, were charged in a 12-count indictment in the death of an Atlanta woman and the attempted murder of another man.
Julian Jones — a mother of two — was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta while walking with a group of people in August 2011. Authorities say that incident and a second shooting were gang-related. Officials say the shootings may have been retaliation after Crittenton was the victim of a robbery in which $50,000 worth of jewelry was stolen.
Crittenton turned himself in on Thursday.
Crittenton is accused, along with his cousin Douglas Gamble, of killing Jones in an Aug. 2011 drive-by shooting as the mother of four walked on Macon Drive in southwest Atlanta. Prosecutors said Jones was an unintended target who was hit by a bullet meant for the person she was with.
Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Banks said not only was Crittenton a gang member, but once he was robbed, he tried to settle the score and find other members from rival gangs who tried to take jewelry from him.
Crittenton allegedly opened fire, killing the 22-year-old mother.
The Arenas gun jokes don’t really seem funny anymore.