Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 at 10:36 pm  |  69 responses

Report: Crittenton Was Locked And Loaded

by Lang Whitaker

On the heels of David Stern’s announcement earlier today that Gilbert Arenas would be suspended indefinitely from the NBA, effective immediately, the Washington Post has raised the stakes. While initial reports suggested that Arenas and Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton had engaged in some sort of Reservoir Dogs face-off, Arenas maintained that it was all a practical joke gone wrong.

Now Mike Wise, writing in the Post, is saying differently:

According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, Crittenton responded to Arenas’s action — which included laying the four unloaded weapons in Crittenton’s cubicle with a note that read, “Pick One” — by brandishing his own firearm, loading a clip of ammunition into the gun and cocking the weapon.

Two of the five people in the room that morning, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Arenas had originally not disclosed Crittenton’s action to protect the little-used guard from prosecution and had told Crittenton he would assume full responsibility for the actions of both players that day.

In a two-hour interview with the district attorney on Monday, Arenas, in his version of the story, spoke of Crittenton’s loaded gun, a person with knowledge of Arenas’s testimony said, adding that the player was expressly told by attorneys not to lie under oath.

In a text message to the Post, Crittenton denied the allegations, saying: “I have done nothing wrong. Let the investigation process take its course and you will see that. My name is dying in this situation.”

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  • RickyRude

    Damn… this is pretty serious. Why don’t people think sometimes about potential circustamnces when engaging in such actions? I don’t get it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    This is insane.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    this is getting too crazy now for me to even stomach. If this is true, I want Jarvis sitting at his house in the next couple of days watching the games from his tv instead of the f#cking sideline. play wit it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Can’t wait for Gilbert’s next Twitter session. not so funny ha ha now is it, Hibachi?

  • http://www.mauricegarland.com Maurice Garland

    this is starting to get down right sad.

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    So IF Crittendon also had a gun in the arena, it’s within the agreement for him to also lose his contract and be removed from the NBA.

  • nastierthanu

    Its all al sharpton’s fault. This is a excellent example of how fast things can go wrong.

  • blackonblack

    lol at darksaber! good one! on a more serious note, crittentons lawyer needs to get assasinated along with stern: “For all I know it was a squirt gun”. Also, if your cousin suggests they are going to shoot you in the kneecap and you’re standing next to a locker with your own unloaded gold plated guns inside, common sense dictates that its joke time

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I’d written half of a post about Gilbert when all this broke. Changes everything if it’s correct.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    If Gil was really gonna take the heat for Javaris to the point of perjury, then hes a stand up dude.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Me too Lang.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I was wondering where you were, Lang. Can’t wait to read your thoughts. (you too Brown, even though you know, you hate my guts)

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    hate your guts is such a strong phrase. I certainly wouldnt pull a gun on you.

  • Jose

    Co sign Brown @ 11:22. gosh, this situation is all F’d up

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    This is definitely a knuckle-headed thing to do. I just hope Gil doesn’t lose everything over it. I don’t think he should.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Nothing will probably happen to JCritt because his gun was loaded. As we’ve learned from the past, according to David Stern, loaded guns on a plane or anywhere else–like a locker room–isn’t dangerous at all. But an unloaded one poses a far more serious threat to everyone. And if you have four unloaded guns? Well, to David Stern, you’re a Menace II Society and you gats ta go!

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Locked and loaded?? Man, every time I check the news, this situation gets more and more unbelievable. I’m shaking my head at the nonsense that went on in that locker room.

  • MikeC.

    All of a sudden, Shawn Kemp’s 87,000 bastards and Derrick Coleman’s “Whoop-de-damn-doo” seem like the golden age of the NBA.

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    I fully expect Pau Gasol to be suspended indefinitely for setting these events into motion.

  • MikeC.

    If Javaris did have a loaded gun in the locker room, then I think his NBA career is done.
    LOL at Bryan Crawford. We’ve been going back and forth in the other Gil N’ Gunz thread, valid points on both sides, but that one made me crack up for some reason. “gats ta go!” Well played.

  • MikeC.

    What is this world coming to? A man can’t even brandish a loaded and cocked handgun at work any more? Thanks a lot al-Qaeda.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Haha, nice one Myles. Well played.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    If this is true and Javaris’ career isn’t over then this will be the biggest moment of F#ckery for the Nba in a longgggg time. play wit it.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    If Gil was trying to take the heat for Javaris to the point of perjury, then he’s even stupider than I first thought. Come on man. I mean, come on. I’d think twice about perjuring myself and risking jail time for my immediate family, so taking the heat for a teammate/coworker damn sure isn’t an option. But, that’s just me. Gil has way more to lose than J and isn’t the person who has the least to lose the one who’s supposed to take the charge anyway??? This is just getting silly and I’m going to go ahead and not pay attention to this story anymore.

  • MikeC.

    @Co Co – I concur. As we waste our time on this, there’s a bigger story afoot. The Clippers are up 13 on the Lakers.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Co Co, you’ll go ahead and try…. but it will follow you…oh, follow you the story will.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Those two anonymous people in the locker room who snitched? Boooh. Gil shoulda pistol whipped y’all

  • Ricky G

    ♣♣♣ dayum I swear GIL has A.D.H.D. ♣♣♣

  • James

    there is never any reason to load a gun unless ur life is in danger javaris hopefully the story isnt true because javaris could end up getting in more trouble than gilbert. im still in shock that a simple joke even though it was a bad one could cause two men their careers. i hope it doesnt and neither of them should be suspended until the actual truth comes out

  • James

    well javaris cant be suspended he doesnt even play lol

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Holy… sh*t….
    I… I don’t know what even to believe anymore

  • MikeC.

    @James – Gil admitted to having the guns in the locker room, which warrants the suspension and the potential voiding of his contract. Both the suspension and the voiding of the contract will be contested by the union. Arenas and Crittendon has professional protection via their union. They also have legal protection because they both have a lot of money(for now) and can afford fantastic lawyers. They’ll be alright. It’s not like they’re regular joes who are federally f*cked.

  • MikeC.

    Gil and Javaris won’t be on MSNBC Lockdown any time soon.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    MikeC: If this story is true, Javaris Crittendon is going to jail dude. There is no way around it. That’s violating federal gun laws in our nation’s capitol, PLUS intimidation and threats with a firearm. There is no amount of money in the world that will get him off if it’s true, nothing outside of the FBI burning a Javaris puppet or the prosecutor wearing a Cavaliers jersey…

  • MikeC.

    @Jukai – true. I’ve been drinking for a bit and I’m starting to lose track of my points. Hopefully Javaris’ gun was registered and he had all the appropriate permits to carry and conceal a handgun in DC. If that’s the case, he might have a chance at probation. His NBA career is probably over though. Whatever happens to Gil, it’s going to be worse for Javaris since his gun was allegedly loaded, and he allegedly cocked and pointed it. That’s bad news bears for all involved.

  • James

    this whole situation is just stupid none of this would be happening if they lived in texas and thats a damn shame if the 2nd amendment says we have the right ot bear arms then that should apply to every state. but thats just me opinion i know plenty of ppl will disagree

  • http://slamonline.com Mo Money Bizzes

    And on top of everything else, Gil’s a snitch!

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Critt will be fine since the case wont hold up without an actual gun, which he wisely disposed of. If this is all true, of course. Gil is still the only one in trouble.

  • TDOT

    T-Mac planted the guns. It’s always his fault.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Myles: Seriously?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Always strapped when I hit the club
    N!ggas gimmie daps, b!tches gimmie hugs
    And since I’m paid
    N!ggas be mugging me, I be muggin back

  • snasty10

    lol @ T-Dot. I feel kind of bad for 0 this is some serious stuff. You would think athletes would learn from Plaxico’s mistake.

  • snasty10

    lol @ T-Dot. I feel kind of bad for 0 this is some serious stuff. You would think athletes would learn from Plaxico’s mistake.

  • DallasJ

    I was starting to wonder if Lang still worked here.. we miss you man.. slamonline needs Lang back posting it is falling off

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    Why would Javaris need a loaded gun inside the Arena is all I want to know. Oh and why did Hibachi have FOUR?!! In your car, is 1 thing, but in your locker?! That’s the stupidest thing ever. At least the Wizards won’t have to pay him anymore, cuz they’ll surely be voiding that bloated contract now.

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    I LOLed at MikeC’s Whoop-de-damn-do.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com ClutchPerformer

    so how come arenas is the only one suspended?
    the other guy had a gun and was just involved as he was? are they tryna make an example of Gilbert of what happens when big stars dont play nice with stern?

  • JoeMaMa

    Can you hear that? Listen closely, now…it’s the sound of 15 former Trail Blazers laughing their asses off at this situation.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Myles: Depends on if Javaris has hid ALL of his guns and evidence he owned guns. There are enough eye witnesses for permits. Hell, if the feds can dig up enough dirt on Javaris’ past in terms of gun usage, I bet they press charges. DC is tough like that.

  • http://slamonline.com deshawn

    agreed:this is bad-and getting worse..
    one thing i´d put money on though(and i´m talking huge sums-and i´m not even a betting man):there´s been more guns removed from nba locker rooms within the last 96hrs than any of us can imagine..and some guys on roadtrips are probably still sweating to get home on time before anybody searches theirs..if i were working @ an nba facility i´d check on brown paperbags leaving the premises..

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    I got five bucks says one of the two dudes snitching anonymously is Arenas.

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    @deshawn: LOCKER SEARCH?! Oh sh*t, bro! distract the principal while I ditch my gat!

  • http://slamonline.com deshawn

    @james&co:where did this whole 2nd amendment-thing get you,though?and i´m not talking gil here..with all due respect,a culture based on violence(in many shapes and forms and on many levels)-great points made by allenp in the other thread-nothing really good has ever become of anything involving the use of force-and to all those who say i gotta carry a gun coz evrybody else does-no bro,gotta stop carrying one,then evrybody else might,too.it always starts with YOU:just coz you got the constitutional right to do somethg doesn´t make it a good idea.
    to me,if you´re a self-confident grown up even semi-wise(private)person,you´re beyond the need of carrying a gun(obviously unless your job requires you to)
    it´s just a crutch for your ego-grow up already.

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  • http://none The Philosopher

    Crittenton knows it’s over for him. His career was fledgling anyway.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @DallasJ: I posted something Monday, dude.

  • rav

    what a pair of f____g morons these two are – the wiz are probably delighted they can get them off their cap for their idiocy

  • rainman10

    I am the only one not calling Arenas a complete idiot. A mistake was made, not the worst thing that has happened in the NBA. Gary Payton used to keep guns in his locker, and I know he wasn’t the only one. I’m not saying that justifies what JC and Gil did, but not many of us know exactly what happened, these guys aren’t bad dudes.

  • tavoris

    Javaris Crittendon’s career is over? when did it start?

  • cb 34

    It’s all Gil’s fault. Now, Javaris who was trying to land a spot on any nba team is forever screwed. If gil hadn’t pulled any of this crap, Crittenton might still be one of the privileged few to have a spot on an nba team. There are only 400 players blessed enough in this world to make that claim and looks like he’s out of that fraternity. Just ain’t right! Screw Gil, it should always have been Caron’s team!

  • tavoris

    @Cb_34-you caaaaaaaaaaan’t be serious?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Gilbert was trying to stay quiet because he realized that he was the one who escalated the incident by bringing out the guns and welching on a bet. I respect him for that, just like I understand why he said what he said about Javaris at the end. I don’t know if he’s telling the truth, but we shall see.
    Javaris was reckless, although he was provoked.
    And people who think that bringing guns into the locker room is an isolated thing are only fooling themselves. And people who think that teams don’t “know” about what’s happening, also believe that teams don’t know about the illegal gambling that takes place on team planes.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    speaking of cb34, i wonder what the TNT studio is gonna talk about tonight

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    If you gonna have a gun, you might as well load it. Despite the inherent dangers of a loaded piece, you’re even more of a tool than the typical gun owner if you just carry an empty gun around.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    so what your saying is, Javaris was like Gilbert at the 3pt line down 2 with 10 seconds left?

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    @ Deshawn – that was a great statement there, I agree!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    nevermind an nba career, critt is going to jail if this is true. they already have arenas under oath acknowledging the situation and a couple of witnesses who will no doubt be asked to testify. also, displaying guns in someone’s locker and asking him to pick one is a very serious offense. whether the guns were loaded or not does not matter at all from a legal stand point. the threat was real. this is a very big issue that for some reason ppl are trying to downplay.

  • tavoris

    Z-giving someone else all of ur guns CAN NOT be construed as a threat. At least it doesn’t seem like it.