Javaris Crittenton, the former Georgia Tech basketball star who had stints with the L.A. Lakers and Washington Wizards, is wanted in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old woman in Atlanta. While many NBA fans best remember Crittenton from his unfortunate role in the Gilbert Arenas' guns-in-the-locker-room saga -- Crittenton was Arenas' foil in that episode -- he actually has a great reputation in his hometown of Atlanta.
Think about the players he looked up to as a high schooler and in college. Dwight Howard and Josh Smith have stayed out of trouble and have excellent reputations with fans and media, and, while Jarrett Jack has a DUI arrest to his name, he's known as a hard worker and one of the best leaders in Tech basketball history.
He spends summers donating money and time to youth basketball programs. Southwest Atlanta Christian, the Atlanta Celtics and Georgia Tech ... that's a pedigree, maybe the surest path to success an Atlanta basketball player could take, and one that hasn't produced very many murderers thus far.
Again, what the hell?
Kirk also points out that Crittenton disassociated with Wallace Prather, an Atlanta-based agent and mentor, just before the Arenas incident.