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Javaris Crittenton Update: Still at large, police performed search warrant last week

Aug 27, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

Javaris Crittenton

More details are coming to light surrounding the fatal shooting in Atlanta for which police have issued an arrest warrant for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton. From the AP:

A spokesman with the Atlanta police said Crittenton was not in custody. Calls to the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s office weren’t immediately returned.

Three of Crittenton’s neighbors in Fayetteville said SWAT members executed a search warrant last week on his residence.

The neighbors declined to give their names to The Associated Press during interviews near Crittenton’s home in an affluent cul-de-sac 17 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

No one answered the door at Crittenton’s residence, a three-story brick home with a manicured lawn and a small backyard.

via Ex-NBA player Crittenton still wanted for murder – NBA- NBC Sports.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday night that Crittenton has spoken with law enforcement about turning himself in, but as yet no police statement has been made to that effect.

The bad news seems to gain steam against Crittenton, as news of the search warrant indicates that an investigation has been ongoing since the April 19th shooting with Crittenton as a suspect. Meanwhile, some continue to be stunned at the allegations towards Crittenton, even after the incident with the Wizards and Gilbert Arenas in 2009. Crittenton has been described by several sources as “a good kid,” but if guilty of the charges, that won’t change the consequences for the former first-round draft pick. From the Washington Post‘s Michael Lee, who spoke with a former coach of Crittenton:

After his initial legal troubles, Crittenton’s college coach, Paul Hewitt, said he was stunned. “Him being involved in something like that is not something I would have suspected coming out of high school or when he was with us,” Hewitt, now the head coach at George Mason, said in January 2010.

via Former Wizard Javaris Crittenton, already notorious, now faces murder charge – Wizards Insider – The Washington Post.

So we wait to see what, if any, involvement Crittenton had with the incident and for him to surrender to authorities. Meanwhile four kids face a tragic new reality as the rest of the world focuses on a former basketball player’s involvement.

That this is not shocking is what is shocking.

  1. cosanostra71 - Aug 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    it’s too bad this kid couldn’t get his head straight… he had some real potential.

  2. caine115 - Aug 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Can never understand these kids with all the talent in the world. Even making it to the NBa and still only 20 years old just throw it all away. He got robbed. Even if he killed the robber why? Th throw life away. Instead its even worse he kills an innocent mother of 4 that was still young herself. regardless how they grew up they are given chances people would die for. And throw it away. And sadly these end all to tragically on both ends. When people like this break they usually end up taking their own lives as well. Hope this fugitive is found soon. No murder is justified. But I get even more furious when its people that have chances so few get and throw it away to be “hard”. really sickening

  3. thetooloftools - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    I guess Agent Zero was a great mentor.

  4. 1742hawk - Aug 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Formerly known as The Washington Bullets.

  5. 1742hawk - Aug 28, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    He was a great shooter in college.

  6. florida727 - Aug 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Sad situation. If he really was involved, his life is over. Period. Retribution for a robbery is no excuse, let alone collateral damage being the ultimate victim here. The really sad part of this is that it’s NOT an isolated incident. Hate to say it, and I know it comes off as ‘racist’ (or at least that’ll be the card the repliers will play), but you don’t see white guys doing this crap… carrying guns, being involved in shootings, etc. Do it happen occasionally? Sure. But it sure as heck doesn’t happen with the frequency it does among blacks. Why not get them help? Time to take everyone’s collective heads-out-of-the-sand and recognize the problem for what it is… cultural. Thumbs-down the comment all you want, but the bottom line is, you don’t read about this happening among whites nearly as often as it does among blacks. The problem needs to get fixed.

    As far as the “mentor”, Bullets, and college shooter jokes go, I understand the levity attempt, but considering a mother of four is now DEAD and her kids parent-less, they’re in really poor taste. Need to save those for private conversations with friends, if at all.

    • craigw24 - Aug 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      I am white and entirely embarrassed by your remarks.

      Yes, there are definite cultural differences in this country, but they are among an almost infinite variety of peoples and cannot be simplified into a black vs white stereotype.

      Exactly who do you think the NRA represents? The black culture? Fear of the black culture?

      I was a fan of Javaris when he was drafted by the Lakers and am as totally shocked by this as his collage coach. It would appear this is a person with some entitlement issues – IMO and I don’t know any more about him than most other readers – and these definitely do not exist in any kind of ‘color band’.

    • jamaicanjasta - Aug 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      Florida, I’m going to have to disagree with your comment; I feel you’re coming to the wrong conclusion by generalizing this as caused by “black culture” instead of their socioeconomic status. The type of behavior you’re describing (carrying guns/shootings/violence) are common among poor urban youth of several different ethnic groups. This type of violence (though without guns) has been happening for hundreds if not thousands of years based, in part, on one’s poverty rate. In the 19th and early 20th century, the same sweeping generalization you’re making about African-Americans could be applied to inner city youth that were Irish or Italian.

      Before I get into the specifics about that, I also want to say that blaming an individual’s behavior on their culture is a bit presumptuous and short-sighted; to use an example, most serial killers are white males. According to your logic, this should be indictment on “white culture” for producing these types of people, right? It’s this type of logical fallacy that makes it hard to actually solve the source of these problems.

      The individual makes that choice, you can blame the culture but frankly poor people across the goal regardless of ethnicity have similar rates of violence (and interestingly) mental and physical issues. You also neglect to mention that the very group you’re denigrating as having a culture conducive for violence also make up a disproportionate number of those living in poverty in the United States. Out of the 43 million Americans living below the poverty line, 25% of ALL Africans Americans and 23% of ALL Hispanics would fit into that category. The factors for that statistic are many, which include redlining (which is a MAJOR one, a practice that still happens today in home loans for example) but economic status NOT ethnic culture is the common trend.

      Strain theory is an interesting way to look at this and I think it is a better start than blaming a culture for an individual’s behavior because it prompts one to explore WHAT has caused a person to decide to commit a crime.

      Going back to poverty and crime rates, Ohio State University did a study that found that within a poor black community the violent crime rate was 22 people per 1,000. In a poor white community with the same median income, the violent crime rate was 20 people per 1,000. A deviation of two-tenths of a percent, meaning that statistically they’re identical. In addition, the poor white community actually had a higher rate of property crime (ie burglaries) than the poor black community. The conclusion was that poor neighborhoods with similar population density had similar crime rates regardless of race.

      In essence, what I’m saying is don’t blame the mentality of a person who commits a crime on their ethnicity.

  7. jthammerstix - Aug 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Go fix the problem then. Shut up.

  8. silk32 - Aug 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Crittendon gets his “Bigger Thomas” on … Somewhere former NBA deputy commissioner, Simon Gourdine, is shaking his head.

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