Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  18 responses

Former NBA Player Javaris Crittenton Indicted on Murder Charges

Javaris Crittenton, 29, has been indicted on murder charges. He is accused of killing an Atlanta mother as an act of vengeance against a rival gang member. Per the AJC: “Former Georgia Tech basketball star Javaris Crittenton, who police say joined a Los Angeles gang after being a first round draft pick of the NBA Lakers, was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, accused of killing an Atlanta mother of four while trying to strike retribution at a rival gang member. Crittenton, 29, was named in a 12-count Fulton County grand jury indictment that includes charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, giving false statements, and participation in criminal street gang activity. ‘He is involved with the Mansfield Gangster Crips, based out of Los Angeles,’ Fulton County Assistant District Attorney and gang prosecutor Gabe Banks said. ‘This is very disconcerting to our office that gang activity extends beyond street level.’ Crittenton, 29, is accused, along with his cousin Douglas Gamble, of killing Julian Jones in an Aug. 19, 2011, drive-by shooting as she walked on an Atlanta street. Jones, prosecutors said, was an unintended target who was hit by a bullet meant for the person she was with. Brian Steel, Crittenton’s attorney could not be reached Tuesday afternoon for comment, but has declared his client’s innocence since his 2011 arrest on the murder charge. He has been free on $230,000 bond. Prosecutors will negotiate an arrest or the terms of Crittenton’s continued release with his attorney. In two separate incidents in August of 2011, prosecutors said Crittenton shot at people, seeking retribution at a rival gang member who robbed him earlier in the year. Crittenton was allegedly armed with a high-powered rifle the night Julian Jones, 23, was shot.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    shoot jumpers, not guns

  • http://twitter.com/RyanDeahn RyanDeahn

    Let me get this straight. He got drafted to the NBA then joined a street gang?

  • Nick

    …sigh sigh…the good ol’ days with glocks, kalashnikovs and grenades in the locker room…sigh sigh…

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Now we see who was really responsible for that Agent Zero bullsheep a few years ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    What a moron.

  • bike

    I can’t get my head around he was freed on 230K bail.

  • dannyb

    Totally true. I still think Arenas is an idiot, but this puts the whole story in a new light

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    This guy squandered a career that could have gotten him millions for some street fame. Usually when people “make it”, they are thankful of not having to resort to crime or go back to the hardships they faced. This idiot on the other hand wanted to be a NBA player by day and a gang member by night. Not to mention he killed a completely innocent person.

    Hope he goes away for the rest of his life for being stupid enough to waste his own talents for no good reason.

  • Max

    What a tool.

  • RayJr

    Most pro players use basketball, football, baseball, etc as a tool to get away from that kind of life. This guy did the opposite. What a way to ruin a one in a million opportunity.

  • Jacob Nelson

    What a clown.I hope he reads this while he’s out on bail. He won’t think he’s so tough when he’s in jail getting bum rushed in the showers.There’s absolutely no excuse for this kind of behavior. He probably had an easier upbringing than 3/4′s of the people in the NBA and was handed millions of dollars to keep his act together for 10-15 years, but he decides to be an immature idiot and join the crips….I wasn’t aware you still needed to be part of a popularity contest when you’re in your late 20′s. Maybe he will earn the distinction of being the first pro athlete to get the death penalty?

  • Yung Slimm

    Hmmm I have to look into this more, this story sounds a bit backwards, join a gang after you’ve made it to the NBA ?… Am I missing something ?

  • patrick

    Guys he could be innocent.

  • nike_head

    A quick Wikipedia search (as reliable as it is) led to this:

    Crittenton carried a 3.5 GPA in high school, and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Senior Beta Club.

  • spit hot fiyah

    no, he is missing something

  • KoloradoKobe

    This is what happens when you a baller and you think you “bout this life”.

  • underdog

    This. Until he has been proven guilty, he deserves the presumption of innocence…

  • LakeShow

    Terrible person.