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Wizards statement on Crittenton

The Washington Wizards issued the following statement today:

"The charges filed today against Javaris Crittenton and his subsequent plea represent another disappointing development in what has already been a long and frustrating process for the team, the NBA and, most importantly, our fans. Javaris clearly used very bad judgment in this situation and will now face the consequences of his actions."

By Alexa Steele  |  January 25, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
 
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I hope we trade for Delonte so he can show them how a real man handles guns.

Posted by: Blurred | January 25, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who writes this self-righteous babble for the leaderless franchise. Sell already and get out of the way.

Posted by: joe2chase | January 25, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

If these people had any business sense or sense of community or wanted to be a decent owner, they'd do something real for the fans and ticket holders who are stuck with another disaster on the court. Leonsis may or may not be better, but he sure cannot be worse. These people --- the family and their hired lawyers --- do not seem to care about or even think about those of us who pay real money to see double-digit losses by players who also couldn't care less. They say all the right things, but drop the masks when they put on the uniforms.

Posted by: joe2chase | January 25, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz should try to sign Lonny Baxter and Jayson Williams!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 25, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz should field a team of only Terps and Hoyas so they can continue to lose to guys from other ACC and Big East teams

Posted by: Blurred | January 25, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Gilby was clearly the bad influence (disguised as quirky) on the team and had a negative effect on both veteran players and young dudes like Critt.

Gilby deserves to be gone.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 25, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, Crit is going to get a spanking!

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 25, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is the NBA sliding into utter irrelevance?

Posted by: farstriker | January 25, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how BTH called out everybody on the team for shooting too many J's and not taking it inside enough.

Then you have MeTawn, who's busy worrying about making the all star team, pretending that he's not part of this jump shooting problem:

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"It's not like we're doing it on purpose. We preach about it before every game, and we still get the same results," Jamison said. "It takes a toll when you get the same results."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/24/AR2010012401985.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/23/AR2010012302938.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 25, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Murphy's Law. The more things that can go wrong, the more things will go wrong.

The case for micromanaging, is to control as much as possible.

The military is an organization that micromanages as much as possible. The reason for this is that in war the smallest mistake or misstep will or can get you killed.

Few things are left to chance, discipline and conduct is not to be compromised.

Even free time and socialization is managed. Red light districts, peculiar laws, forbidden places as well as the acceptable are all briefed.

Nothing is left to chance. Nothing.

For the more left to chance will get you killed.

Organizations, groups, teams, all do some form of micromanaging.

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. That being the case, the military breifed everything, to include the law.

Gilbert Arenas says he did not know that bringing unloaded guns into DC was a felony and that he was unfamiliar with NBA rules of bringing guns into a NBA venue.

That is really stupid of Gilbert Arenas to carry guns around and not know the laws.

Butcha' kno' the reason why the military micromanages everything is because they don't want their force getting killed.

Why an NBA franchise that is willing to pay millions of dollars to its members, to include 111 mil to somewhat of a known loose cannon, a screwball, would not micro-manage its' team, flys in the face of Murphys Law.

If Anything Can Go Wrong It Will.

What a way to run a railroad.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 25, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

If Anything Can Go Wrong It Will.

LarryInClintonMD.

What's up with the Tar Heels dropping out of the top 25?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Question for LarryInClintonMD.

Why do you always add your moniker, LarryInClintonMD to your posts, when it is automatically added at the bottom. Seems a bit redundant.

Just wondering.

Original2Cents.

Posted by: original2cents | January 25, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Michael Lee, I've never criticized before, but seriously, do you draw a paycheck? Do I pay part of that by subscribing to the Post? I'm cancelling tomorrow morning if this is the type of journalistic curiosity I am paying for. Why the heck don't you get off the couch and write something to clarify the difference that causes a misdemeanor for one and felony for the other. I don't fully buy into the prior conviction reasoning - it was another State with different gun laws, but even if that applies, why did no one explain that before today?

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 25, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

"Then you have MeTawn, who's busy worrying about making the all star team, pretending that he's not part of this jump shooting problem:"

Except against the Clippers, Jamison is 8 for 16, including 3 for 3 from the arc. If you're going to shoot jumpers, that's the way you should do it.

Almost everybody else was off the mark, however, except for Haywood.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"Do I pay part of that by subscribing to the Post? I'm cancelling tomorrow morning if this is the type of journalistic curiosity I am paying for. Why the heck don't you get off the couch and write something to clarify the difference that causes a misdemeanor for one and felony for the other. I don't fully buy into the prior conviction reasoning - it was another State with different gun laws, but even if that applies, why did no one explain that before today?Posted by: ragtop4spd"

Probably thought it was obvious. The District has some tough gun laws. Just ask the Supreme Court.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

"Except against the Clippers, Jamison is 8 for 16, including 3 for 3 from the arc. If you're going to shoot jumpers, that's the way you should do it.

Almost everybody else was off the mark, however, except for Haywood.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse "

MeTawn shooting jumpers, whether he makes it or not, throws off the offensive flow.

MeTawn should be inside, getting fouls.

Against the Clips, he shot 4 FT's. That's not going to cut it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 25, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

This team is a complete farce.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"MeTawn shooting jumpers, whether he makes it or not, throws off the offensive flow."

What offensive flow? Jamison basically is their offensive flow.

And Jamison has, in fact, been taking it to the basket more in recent games (his two game skid against Miami and Dallas notwithstanding).

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz should try to sign Lonny Baxter and Jayson Williams!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 25, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse


You do realize, the Wizards DID have Lonny Baxter on the roster back in 2004, a couple years before he got caught shooting a gun (a .40-caliber handgun) within two blocks of the White House... so they already had that base covered.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | January 25, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I may be dense on this point, but the way it was reported for Arenas was the listing of the charge, followed by ", a felony". With Critt, it was followed by, ", a misdemeanor". They listed what seems to be the same charge, and a then a different subscript. It's one thing if the cops are on the take, the prosecutor does not have the evidence, or even if the prior conviction automatically raises the stakes, but then say so. I don't see what is obvious about two guys commiting the same crime, and then describing the crime in 2 different ways. By the way, what Arenas did is looked at differently in different States, so I don't see how a prior conviction in another State is automatically obvious, although a review of the details by the writer may help make it obvious.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 25, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the Tar Heels dropping out of the top 25?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2010 10:57 PM

No need to panic just yet. It looks like the top team in the ACC will have at least 4 or more losses this year.

Even with this transition year for the I still look for them to come back strong the rest of the year.

They will be back in the top twenty for sure.

Them Tarheels are built for speed and look for this to be a down year and finish in the sweet 16.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 25, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Question for LarryInClintonMD.

Why do you always add your moniker, LarryInClintonMD to your posts, when it is automatically added at the bottom. Seems a bit redundant.

Just wondering.

Original2Cents.

Posted by: original2cents | January 25, 2010 11:01 PM

Yeah, it is a bit odd I admit. But when I first started blogging I pondered whether to do it or not.

I chose to do it and it is for a specific reason.

If ten people walked through a door which one would you remember?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 26, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Why the heck don't you get off the couch and write something to clarify the difference that causes a misdemeanor for one and felony for the other.

Evidence? It's a plea deal, and I don't recall Crittendon admitting to anything prior to the plea agreement.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 26, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Gil was up at Sports Club LA today around 6 watchin a bunch of us play pickup hoops. Is he not allowed to work out at or be on the premises of the Phone Booth?

Posted by: dfresh58 | January 26, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

"Are we allowed to curse on this site? That story is the biggest load of BS. Why play into what a lying defense lawyer has to say? Jeez, what a way to make a living, lying and obscuring the truth every day for your paycheck. I'm pretty much a live and let live type of guy, but I really disrespect obscuring the truth. I love the folks who quote the defense lawyer rather than the generally accepted witness accounts. No I wasn't there, but I sure as heck don't believe the f'ing defense lawyer. Lord, do I dislike that profession. Cancel this posting if you like, but anyone saying the person who obscures the truth is "smarter" than the person who admits to his mistakes is a one dimensional observer. Crittenton should have reported the threat if he felt it was that bad. If that gun was unloaded and it was for self defense, why did it disappear? Sorry Critt, you need to be off this team asap, for reason of morals, if no other."

Uh yeah, I would say the person that commits a crime and does not self-incriminate is smarter than the person that does. In this case, it has meant the difference between a felony and probable jail time and a misdemeanor and a fine. Which would you rather have for essentially the same crime? Also, the prior has and most assuredly will play a part in his charge and sentencing. Different laws in different states makes no sense as any sort of quasi defense. He broke a law in one state. He broke a very similar law in another state a couple of years later. Therefore, leniency is likely out the window although they are being somewhat lenient in only charging him with 2 felonies instead of 4. Most likely just part of the plea process so it goes straight to sentencing.

LarryinClinton, what in the world are you talking about with all your military nonsense? GA knows the gun laws in DC. Playing ignorant is not a defense and insinuating that the team somehow did not hold his hand enough is laughable at best.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

"Gil was up at Sports Club LA today around 6 watchin a bunch of us play pickup hoops. Is he not allowed to work out at or be on the premises of the Phone Booth?"

I don't think so. Not until his suspension is over. He might be able to if the team is not around, but I doubt GA feels like hanging out at the phone booth by himself these days.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Consequences were minor from a legal standpoint for playing around with handguns. The very best moments of my life were spent in slumber, the night I dreamed we lived in a world without guns. I have cursed the moment I awoke from that dream.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | January 26, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

"Oooh, Crit is going to get a spanking!"

Lol, yeah he did. He probably liked it. ;)

After the Wiz get crushed tonight, I think you're going to hear more trade rumors. Sounds like they are going to let like half the team go from everything I am reading.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 26, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"MeTawn should be inside, getting fouls.
Against the Clips, he shot 4 FT's. That's not going to cut it.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

It might if he'd managed to hit more than one of those FTs.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I was watching a replay of Kentucky on cable (third time I've seen them this year) and I have to admit John Wall grows on you. OK, he can't hit a three pointer. But they double-teamed him most of the night and he just went right by the various defenders as if they were standing still. I'm trying to think of a first step like that in the pros and there aren't many. Devin Harris, maybe. Derrick Rose.

He's a very good passer but probably not a PG in the pros. He's not a selfish player but he has that enviable talent for scoring when you need it. That last basket that wins so many NBA contests.

I'm a big fan of players like Derrick Favors but I doubt he's the force of nature that Wall appears to be. The big men are very deep, but looks IMO like the 3 best players in this class are Wall, Wes Johnson of Syracuse, and Evan Turner of Ohio State. Willie Warren of Oklahoma is close to that group.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

LarryinClinton, what in the world are you talking about with all your military nonsense? GA knows the gun laws in DC. Playing ignorant is not a defense and insinuating that the team somehow did not hold his hand enough is laughable at best.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 6:17 AM

If you don't get where I am going with all that military stuff amd the murphy law
stuff, then sorry for you.

An excuse for Gilbert and not being tough on him is not what that was all about.

You see, things can be done one way in one organization and a different way in another.

You say that Gilbert knew the DC Gun Laws and all the rules of the NBA. How do you know that?

It is always funny to me how people always rail how stupid that Gilbert has always been, but know of a sudden he is a smart fellow and knows all the Laws.

If Gilbert was the nimcompoot that most says he was, would it not follow that he might not be smart enough to avail himself of the proper conduct in relation to gun laws.

But, whether he knew them or not is irrelevent to the point I am making.

The point I am making is that some organizations, the military being one, leaves as little as possible to chance for its members to include the law.

Nothing is ASSUMED.

There has been an enormous amount of reported evidence that conduct and discipline, training, development, professionalism, etc. is left to the whims the players on this team for years.

Somehow, it is evident that this organization expects these young adults to somehow acquire this stuff on their own.

Many bloggers here constantly blog that the players, making millions of dollars, are responsible for rounding themselves into competent young adults and NBA players as well.

The military would not leave these goals/traits just to the whims of its members and nor do most successful NBA organizations.

When you ASSUME like the Wizards have been doing for years, that the players will magically do and be all those things on their own iniative they might make an A S S out of U and ME.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 26, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

W T. I H. Z U. A G. R S. D S

Posted by: hessone | January 26, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

TUGHS = WARZDIS

Posted by: hessone | January 26, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

@hessone,

Your "thugs" theme is tired, worn and lame. Find a new team or a new league and move on with your life.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

So I'm thinking.

Critt basically LIED. No if's and's or but's about it.

He said he didn't have a gun at all. There were stories about how he would never own a gun.

Now it's this?

No uproar about this though? Who wants the contract voided? Wants him banned for a year? Where are all of you self-righteous people now? Hypocrites...I swear.

What now David Stern? If it's about violating the "sanctity of the locker room" Critt should get nailed to the wall just like Gil was right? They both brough guns on the same day into the same locker room.

Unless he gives Gil more time for clowning...which makes him look weak...like he was teasing me so I gave him more time.

If anything they should both get the same suspension for the same offense.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Interesting, didn't Crittenton's lawyer insisted that his client "had done nothing wrong," so why plea?

Posted by: sagaliba | January 26, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Arenas has already served about 10 games or so? Based on precedent with regard to guns and felonies, the player's union stance could be another 20 games would be max?

However, derrick fisher sounded like he's already received his orders from Stern and wont make a fuss over whatever the suspension is

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

If anything they should both get the same suspension for the same offense.

No matter how you slice it, Gil was suspended by the NBA in 2003 because of a gun conviction. Crit has no such baggage.
Most people believe that first-time offenders (as Gil was in 2003) should receive a lighter sentence than the guy whose been in trouble before and hasn't learned a thing.
Gil is older than Crit, has seen this movie before (wiser?) and should have flat out known better.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Gil is older than Crit, has seen this movie before (wiser?) and should have flat out known better.

Posted by: tgif11

the truly absurd part is that the current story reads Gil brought guns to VC only find another player already had a loaded weapon in his locker!

worst organization in all of pro sports

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

No matter how you slice it, Gil was suspended by the NBA in 2003 because of a gun conviction. Crit has no such baggage.
Most people believe that first-time offenders (as Gil was in 2003) should receive a lighter sentence than the guy whose been in trouble before and hasn't learned a thing.

Nah...I'm not hearing that. That's all well and good but this has been painted in black and white like Guns + Locker Room = Unacceptable by any means.

First offense or not.

If Gil gets the season and Critt gets maybe 10 or 15 games...Is it all equal?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Gil messed with how people who dont follow the nba perceive it (you see them showing up here now after not watching a game in 3yrs)- that is the ultimate no-no in Stern's book and the hammer has to fall on Arenas because of it.

If Arenas gets treated similarly to other nba knuckleheads over the years, the rest of the season suspended shouldnt be a possibility.

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

If Gil gets the season and Critt gets maybe 10 or 15 games...Is it all equal?

Yes.
Gil got an extremely light suspension in 2003 for his first offense. Does that mean anything to you?

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Gil got an extremely light suspension in 2003 for his first offense. Does that mean anything to you?

Sure. His gun suspension was for possesion. He got 1 game. That's minor. Surely less than Jackson popping shots off in public, Even less than Telfair having a loaded gun on a team flight and his SECOND offense combined. So what are you saying?

The issue is supposed to be 50x worse because it's in a locker room and that's never been done before.

So there is no way that Critt shouldn't get a long suspension as well.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

So what are you saying?

I'm saying Gil getting a longer suspension than Crit is warranted and fair. The NBA cannot ignore the facts that Gil has a prior gun conviction under his belt and Crit does not. Those are undisputed facts. Gil appears to have learned nothing from his previous run-in with the law and a slap on the wrist from Stern.
Do you think a long suspension will leave an indelible mark on his brain, not to mention his bank account? I do.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm saying Gil getting a longer suspension than Crit is warranted and fair. The NBA cannot ignore the facts that Gil has a prior gun conviction under his belt and Crit does not. Those are undisputed facts. Gil appears to have learned nothing from his previous run-in with the law and a slap on the wrist from Stern.
Do you think a long suspension will leave an indelible mark on his brain, not to mention his bank account? I do.

Possibly longer...but it shouldn't be disportionately longer. Critt is not in "slap on the wrist" territory. Everyone has been screaming about the CBA and violating the locker room and how bad that was.

Even though Gil pissed him off. Critt did the same thing. It can't be a 2 or 3 game suspension.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU,

And you are preposterously assuming Crittenton is not going to get a long suspension! There are a few things working in his favor though - he plead to a misdemeanor, it's his first offense, and he handled the aftermath as well as you could unlike GA. To somehow suggest that A) he won't get a suspension from the NBA or B) that he should get the exact same punishment as GA is absurd. GA has priors. GA instigated the whole thing. GA made "fun" of the situation on national TV further embarrassing the NBA. Duh!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

^^ Amen, brother!!

Posted by: tgif11 | January 26, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@Larry,

Dude get a grip. What you are spouting is pure bull! You're one of those people that is always looking for excuses and don't care about personal responsibility. GA is a grown man playing a game. He is not an 18 year old taken to foreign lands to fight wars where the military is part parent, disciplinarian etc.... I should know I was in the military! Falling for GA pleading ignorance is ignorant on your behalf. He knew the laws of DC concerning guns. Why else was he trying to get a player to get the guns out of the locker room stealthily when the s*it hit the fan? Don't be foolish!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

And you are preposterously assuming Crittenton is not going to get a long suspension! There are a few things working in his favor though - he plead to a misdemeanor, it's his first offense, and he handled the aftermath as well as you could unlike GA. To somehow suggest that A) he won't get a suspension from the NBA or B) that he should get the exact same punishment as GA is absurd. GA has priors. GA instigated the whole thing. GA made "fun" of the situation on national TV further embarrassing the NBA. Duh!

I'm not assuming he wont. I'm saying the spotlight is going to be on Stern because the base of what makes this different that Stephen Jackson and Telfair is because it was in the locker room.

I never said he wouldn't get suspended and I didn't say it should be the same. I said they should both be substantial. It's not about felony/misdemeanor...it's about the CBA rules of GUNS IN THE LOCKER ROOM.

Define instigated? Critt didnt fear for his damn life. They brought guns on the same day. They both said they would shoot each other and both brought guns INTO THE LOCKER ROOM. In my opinion it would be dumb if Gil gets a year and Critt gets 10 games. Regardless of how dumb Gil acted.

If it's about "embarassing the NBA" Ron Artest would never get on the court. Yeah telling people I get drunk during games isn't embarrasing at all?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 26, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU,

There is no doubt there is stupidity and immaturity on both sides. But, instigating to me is GA placing guns in JC's locker when he arrives at work following his threat that he would shoot JC at that particular practice. Saying he feared for his life is a stretch, but him feeling threatened enough to react in an immature way is certainly plausible. None of this happens if GA does not play his "joke" with the guns - bottom line. That's instigating!

And GA would be playing right now if he had not made fun of the situation, which showed anybody paying attention that he was not fit to play as David Stern said. Well, he would have played up until he plead guilty to felonies!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 26, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Larry in Clinton

You should be offered a position on the Bullets Staff imediately (I hate the name Wizards as I have followed them for 40 years, they are the Bullets dammit) , assuming you would even want that. I see you as the Teams Counselor, teaching among many things, this or any other group of misguided young men on how to behave like Professional's. Your posts are excellent and get to the core of what personal responsibility really means.

Unfortunately Larry, this current regime under Ernie Grunfeld and the ownership of the Pollin's is completely dysfunctional. Though they need help NOW, a new and dramatically different regime must be put in place to save this Franchise. In it's present form, their is little hope for a transformation.

Larry, I admire your passion for this team. I only wish my Bullets shared that same sense of pride in their own Franchise.

Posted by: jshavatt | January 26, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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