Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was indicted on murder charges Tuesday afternoon for the death of a woman in 2011. The murder happened on Crittenton’s home turf in Atlanta. Not only did the grand jury say that Crittenton was responsible for pulling the trigger that murdered the mother of four, but they also found that he was a member of the Mansfield Crips.
Crittenton joined the gang while he was in the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“This is very concerning to our office that gang activity extends beyond the street level, but actually ventures into professional sports and what type of message that actually extends to the young people here in the city of Atlanta,” said Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Banks, via WSBTV 2.
“So we are very concerned with that and we want to ensure that the young people here in the city of Atlanta don’t copycat those efforts.”
Crittenton joined the league as a first-round pick of the Lakers out of Georgia Tech back in 2007.
He went on to play for the Memphis Grizzlies and then joined the Washington Wizards before the infamous gun incident where he pulled a gun and then threatened to shoot teammate Gilbert Arenas in the team’s locker room over unpaid gambling debts.
That was just one of the first public incidents as Crittenton began his downward spiral that ultimately landed him in prison.