Washington Wizards’ Javaris Crittenton Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge


Vibe | January 27, 2010 - 1:33 am

Washington Wizards’ star Gilbert Arenas got handed some punishment following a recent gun incident that had the sports world talking. Now, 10 days later, the other team member involved, Javaris Crittenton, pleaded guilty to a gun charge in DC courtroom on Monday (January 25).

According to reports, Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of an unregistered firearm, as a part of a plea agreement that gives him one year of unsupervised probation.

A second misdemeanor charge of attempted carrying of a pistol without a license is expected to be dropped.

Crittenton’s lawyer, Peter H. White, told the L.A. Times that he brought a legally owned, unloaded handgun to Washington “only because he legitimately feared for his life.” But, he does accept responsibility for his conduct.

This comes after Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge on January 15th, for a locker room argument in December where he and Crittenton reportedly pulled guns on each other.

While Crittenton got off easy with probation, Arenas could face up to five years in prison for the stunt. However, prosecutors are expected ask that he not receive more than six months.

According to SI.com, Crittenton’s account of what took place in the Wizards’ locker room will likely be shared with the court … and it will not portray Arenas in a positive light, which in turn, might hurt the star’s sentencing.

Here’s a little more of what Crittenton and Arenas said about the incident, according to SI.com:

Arenas, according to the account, suggested that he and Crittenton resolve a card game argument by having Arenas either set Crittenton’s vehicle ablaze or shoot Crittenton in the face. Two days later in the Wizards’ locker room, Arenas allegedly positioned four guns in front of Crittenton’s locker and left written instruction that Crittenton pick one of the guns.

Arenas maintains the incidents on the flight and in the locker room were part of a joke, though Crittenton’s alleged reaction — Crittenton said he felt genuinely threatened and only carried and pulled out his own gun because he feared for his life — suggests at a minimum that it offended him or that he took Arenas’ threats at face value. D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin, who will sentence Arenas, may regard Arenas’ alleged behavior as so irresponsible that it warrants time behind bars.

Arenas is still suspended indefinitely from the NBA.