Former NBA Player Javaris Crittenton Wanted For Murder As Sad Downfall Continues
It wasn't too long ago that Javaris Crittenton was a young NBA player with promise. Grantland's Jonathan Abrams once thought Crittenton could be the next Derek Fisher, and there are certainly much worse legacies for a player to carry. And then...Crittenton and Arenas pulled out some guns. He hasn't played an NBA regular-season game since, and thanks to a particularly disturbing piece of news from yesterday, it looks increasingly like he never will again.
That piece of news: Crittenton was charged with a murder that took place in Atlanta last week. Carlos Campos, an Atlanta police spokesman, said Crittenton "isn't in custody and is wanted," according to wire reports. All this obviously sounds extremely bad, but it gets worse: the victim, a 22-year-old woman named Jullian Jones, wasn't the intended target.
Jones, a mother of four, was walking with a group of people on the city's southwest side when she was shot by someone inside a dark-colored SUV, police said.
Investigators say they don't believe the woman was the intended target. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.
It's tempting to look at this plus the Arenas incident and say Crittenton's career was destined to go down in flames, that he couldn't control himself. Not so fast. SB Nation's Jason Kirk took a look at Crittenton's earlier life this morning, and when you do that, you don't find much to dislike about the guy. He was a leader, a hard worker, a good student. His temper flared occasionally, but whose doesn't?
There's no easy explanation for what's happened with Crittenton. Maybe the Arenas incident set him down the wrong path. Maybe he was already headed that way. Maybe something in him just snapped before the murder. Whatever happened to get to this point, a young mother is dead, and Crittenton, someone with all the potential in the world, is believed to have done it. Everything about this is horrible.
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