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August 30, 2011 Updates

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

Everyone I’ve spoken with about Crittenton has talked about his competitiveness and how he rarely backed down from challenges. He could be stubborn, but few expected his life to take such a dark turn. I always find myself thinking back to a conversation that I had with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith after the incident with Arenas. Smith played AAU basketball with Crittenton for the Atlanta Celtics and told me that he was surprised to hear that Crittenton got into any trouble with guns. “Javaris is a real non-confrontational person,” Smith told me back then. “He’s a lover. He was the lover boy.” Washington Post

August 28, 2011 Updates

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping police in Atlanta and Los Angeles search for a former NBA guard wanted for murder. FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett in Atlanta told The Associated Press on Sunday that the agency is involved as police look for Javaris Crittenton. Authorities say Crittenton is charged in the fatal shooting of 22-year Jullian Jones, a mother of four who was gunned down Aug. 19 in Atlanta. ESPN.com

In light of the recent murder charges against NBAer Javaris Crittenton, Strawberry shared his opinion on who could have been a current potential teammate - 'What's happening with Javaris is crazy. I know him personally and he's not even the type of guy to do such a thing, so to see what's going on is very unfortunate.' Eurobasket.com

August 27, 2011 Updates

Jones was struck in the leg and later died during surgery. Two men walking with Jones fled and were not injured, and investigators now believe one of those men was the intended target. Investigators believe Crittenton may have been seeking retaliation after being robbed of his jewelry April 21, Meadows said. Crittenton reported that crime to police. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"I'm a little at a loss for words because, knowing what he went through in Washington with the whole gun stuff, that's the first thing that comes to mind," former Georgia Tech and NBA star Dennis Scott told the AJC. "And then secondly, if all the allegations that we're hearing are true with the retaliation that police are trying to figure out, why put yourself in a situation like that?" Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s easy to say this is a sad situation, but as a former Crittenton associate put it, it’s “worse than sad.” The latest turn of events is nothing sort of tragic, especially for the family of the victim, and for Crittenton, who – if this turns out to be true – clearly has not learned from his past mistakes. Washington Post

Crittenton had developed a reputation as a reckless, gun-toting thug after his legal troubles, something that went against the perception he had established among those who had known him from an early age. “He’s a great guy. We grew up together,” Crittenton’s high school teammate, Dwight Howard, once said. Washington Post

Arenas had an immediate reaction to the news on his Twitter account but has since deleted it. He wrote, “I really wanna say sumthing but I wont becuz theirs a dead women involved…” Washington Post

June 13, 2011 Updates

It's unclear if the impending NBA lockout is causing teams to hold more free agent workouts or I'm just hearing about them for the first time this offseason, but the Indiana Pacers became the latest team to invite non-rookies in for a look-see this week. The Pacers are holding a two-day free agent camp that began Monday and will wrap up Tuesday afternoon. Through a source with knowledge of the workout, Ridiculous Upside has a partial list of the invitees. The guard prospects included Bobby Brown, Matt Janning, Javaris Crittenton and Sylven Landesberg. The wings participating include NBA veterans James White (better known as "Flight" because he can do this), DeMarre Carroll and Ime Udoka. As far as big men go, Rob Kurz, Leo Lyons, Chris Daniels and Trent Plaisted were all in attendance on Monday. Ridiculous Upside

June 11, 2011 Updates

Alan Hahn: Interesting name to add to Crittenton among #Knicks free agent minicamp invitees is Joe Alexander. Word is he and Javaris impressed. Twitter

June 10, 2011 Updates

Former gun-toting guard Javaris Crittenton was at the Knicks' free-agent camp yesterday. Crittenton, 23, was involved with Gilbert Arenas in the gun-play episode in Washington two years ago. They reportedly drew guns on each other in the Wizards' locker room and both were suspended by the NBA for the rest of the 2009-2010 season. New York Post

January 26, 2011 Updates

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