HoopsHype Javaris Crittenton rumors

September 1, 2011 Updates

Crittenton had a Twitter account that has been disabled since the murder charge was made public. His @JayCrittDTE feed had fewer than 350 followers, in large part because it was protected. (The general public could ask permission to subscribe to the account.) Before it was disabled, I subscribed to the feed and had access to Crittenton’s tweets in the days leading up to his arrest. This wasn’t Crittenton’s first Twitter account. @JayCrittDT existed in the summer of 2009, but ended after a brief period, with the most notable tweet being a gay slur. I asked him that fall why he shuttered the account, and he said: “Sometimes the Internet, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, that can take away from your concentration on something that’s more important. And as soon as I got off [of Twitter], some of the players started getting in trouble. You have to watch what you say on there. I think the best way to avoid that is to just not be on there, so I got off.” ESPN.com

Crittenton’s latest Twitter profile featured a photo of him smiling while on the court with a basketball, and included lyrics from Jay-Z’s rap song “Say Hello,” based on the movie “Scarface” as follows: Javaris Crittenton @JayCrittDTE ATL, LA, DC, Bmore Say hello to the bad guy! They say I’m a bad guy. They say a lot about me let me tell you what I aint! 2 Words-LOYAL & REAL. HATERS MOTIVATE ME….nuff said barrons.com

According to reports, it was about 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19, when a mother of four was gunned down in Atlanta. Crittenton has been arrested for the shooting. On Aug. 19, Crittenton tweeted six times: Man Planet of the Apes is a must see! Ceasar is a beast. Might as well been a gangsta film with Apes @[Twitter name deleted] just been grinding. What’s up big boi? Ain’t seen you in a min "@[Twitter name deleted]: @JayCrittDTE was it good??" Movie was real good. You gotta see it In a whole different zone right now. Only a matter of time. @[Twitter name deleted] Cmon now pretty lady. You gotta chill with the ATL disses. Good night world. Gotta get some rest. Super early workout in the am ESPN.com

Crittenton’s tweets about morning workouts, naps, Jacuzzis and movies resumed the next day as usual, though the following days included occasional allusions to something more dramatic. Tweet from Aug. 22: I hear people out here slandering my name. They want me to fall so bad. I just can’t though. Wish folks would stop praying on my downfall. ESPN.com

Tweets from Aug. 23: Damn, they wanna label me a menace! Like I said before if y’all twitter gangsters got something to say to me put my name on it and let it be known! I don’t respect subliminals These twitter thugs abs gangsters kill me. Don’t play tough behind your phones and computers. I’m wherever you want me to be. ESPN.com

Crittenton’s last tweet came at around 8:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 26, within an hour after news of the warrant for his arrest spread across the Internet. Tweet from Aug. 26: This is crazy. Trouble continues to follow me for some reason. I put my trust in God. ESPN.com

August 31, 2011 Updates

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton waived California extradition proceedings Wednesday and will be returned to Georgia in connection with his arrest in a murder case in Atlanta. Crittenton appeared before Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalra and said he had voluntarily signed the waiver. ESPN.com

Crittenton told police he and a friend were leaving a barbershop around 10:50 p.m. April 21 when two teenagers surprised them as they returned to their car, according to police report released to the Associated Press. One teenager held Crittenton at gunpoint and ordered him to "give me what you got," he told police. He said he handed over a $25,000 black diamond necklace, a $30,000 black diamond watch, an iPhone and $25 cash, according to the report. Los Angeles Times

August 30, 2011 Updates

Asked whether he had spoken to Javaris Crittenton since they were both suspended for the remainder of the 2009-2010 NBA season and Arenas had spent 30 days in a halfway house, Arenas replied, “No, but I heard he became more hard.” More hard, he explained, meant “more gangsta.” “You know, like some people turn over a new leaf when something bad like that changes their life. I heard Javaris went the other way — he became more ’hood, more hardened in that way. I don’t know if that’s the case, but that’s what I heard.” Washington Post

Former Los Angeles Laker Javaris Crittenton was arrested at John Wayne Airport on Monday night, hours after FBI officials announced that he was being sought by Atlanta authorities on murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old woman. An FBI-Los Angeles Police Department Fugitive Task Force, aided by members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Crittenton, 23, without incident after he checked in for a flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Orange County Register

Atlanta police officers responding to reports of a shooting found that Jones had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, FBI officials said. She was taken to a hospital, where she was reported dead. According to the Associated Press, Jones, a mother of four young children, was walking with two men when she was shot. Police said one of the men was suspected of being the target of the shooting, possibly in retaliation for a robbery in April in which Crittenton was the victim, according to the Associated Press. Orange County Register

August 29, 2011 Updates

The lawyer for former Georgia Tech basketball star Javaris Crittenton said his client has agreed to surrender to local authorities who've charged him in the shooting death of a 22- year-old mother of four. Crittenton will be on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive in his hometown "very early [Tuesday] morning," said attorney Brian Steel, retained by family members earlier Monday. "Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name," Steel told the AJC. "He's innocent of the charges." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jones was walking with a group that included, according to police, the man Crittenton believed had robbed him of jewelry in April. Witnesses told police the shots were fired near Jones' Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta from a black Chevrolet Tahoe linked to the former prep standout. "It appears Mr. Crittenton observed who he thought was the perpetrator walking down the street," Meadows said. "It so happens Miss Jones was walking down the street at the same time." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The last comment Crittenton posted on his now-deleted Twitter account, @JayCrittDTE, read, “This is crazy. Trouble continues to follow me for some reason. I put my trust in God.” But the intro on his page, which quotes the song “Say Hello,” by Jay-Z, perhaps said much more: “Say hello to the bad guy! They say I’m a bad guy. They say a lot about me let me tell you what I aint!” Washington Post

I later learned from talking to others that Crittenton’s mother, Sonya Dixon, wanted desperately to get her son out of his environment in southwest Atlanta. She sent him to Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, a Bible school with a strict dress code and disciplinary rules. Crittenton not only excelled on the court, as he helped Dwight Howard win the Class A state title in 2004, but he also was a good student. He then went on to Georgia Tech and left after one year. Crittenton didn’t have enough time to run the offense the way Hewitt had wanted, but Hewitt had few concerns about how Crittenton would handle the other aspects of entering the NBA at age 19. Washington Post

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