Javaris Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers in the first round back in 2007, but he has run into trouble, and is out of the league. Crittenton was famously involved in the gun incident with Gilbert Arenas when they played for the Wizards, but his troubles have gone much deeper from there.
Crittenton was charged with murder back in April of 2013, and he is currently awaiting trial. Crittenton’s legal troubles didn’t end there, though. According to ESPN, he has been arrested again, but this time it is for drugs:
Crittenton and 13 other people were named in the indictment that was initially the result of an investigation conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, according to a source close to the investigation. According to that source, Crittenton conspired to deal cocaine and marijuana in the months before he was indicted for his alleged role in an August 2011 Atlanta murder.
Shortly after 6 a.m. ET Wednesday morning, DEA agents, federal marshals and local police descended on Crittenton’s home on a cul de sac in Fayetteville, a suburb just south of Atlanta. Crittenton was led away in handcuffs and was booked into the Fulton County Jail. A call to Crittenton’s Atlanta-based attorney, Brian Steel, went unreturned.
This is a sad story, and it has many people wondering what could have been. Crittenton is obviously a troubled man, and his actions have gone beyond the basketball court. This doesn’t help him when it comes to his murder trial, and it seems as if he will be behind bars for a long time.
Crittenton was viewed as a guy with a lot of potential, but he clearly had problems keeping his head on straight. He played for three teams, and has not suited up in the NBA since 2009.