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Crittenton will not appeal suspension

Washington Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton has decideded not to appeal his suspension without pay for the remainder of the NBA season.

The executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, Billy Hunter, released a statement this afternoon stating that the union supports Crittenton's decision.

"Javaris has said that he believes far more good will be done by moving forward and focusing on the future. We respect his decision and accordingly no grievance will be filed on his behalf," the statement said. "Javaris has reiterated to me his deep personal regret and I have no doubt that he will continue to make positive contributions as a respected member of our union and the NBA community."

NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Crittenton and Gilbert Arenas last Wednesday for bringing guns to Verizon Center on Dec. 21.

Crittenton, who had not played this season because of a left ankle injury, pleaded guilty on Jan. 25 to a misdemeanor gun possession charge and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation.

By Alexa Steele  |  February 2, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
 
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...smart move. Wont matter though, as he'll be in Europe next NBA season. In fact once his foot heals, he may try to catch on with a Euro team this season to earn back some of that bread.

Posted by: oddjob1 | February 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I kinda feel bad for this guy. He just got into the nba then got out. If someone threatened me with a weapon and seemed really crazy I would have just went to the police end of story. But this was the last straw kind of thing that was building up eventually from all the pranks, lack of control for the team, death of abe pollin, etc.

Posted by: jefferu | February 2, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

That's a shocker. Both players given huge suspensions and not even a token appeal filed by the players' union. That, more than anything, shows their guilt.

Posted by: tundey | February 2, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I would think the fact that they both plead guilty would show their guilt more than anything.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

JCritt should appeal....he doesn't deserve to be banned the rest of the season, especially since no weapon was found.

If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

No one "found" Arenas' guns either. He turned them over to security when they asked him about the incident. As for Crittenton . . . he's already admitted to having the gun and turned it over to the police, just like Arenas. The only difference is that Arenas admitted to having the gun and turned it over when he was first confronted by authorities. Crittenton lied and denied for a few weeks before coming clean.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall reading any quotes from JCritt where he said he didn't have a gun.

In fact, he never made any public statements.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually it was Gilby who said he brought the guns to VC to get them away from his kids.

Come to find out that not only did he not turn them into security, it was for show and tell in the locker room.

Then he had some member on the team take his guns to his car in a suitcase. The team member didn't know which car was Gilby's. When word got to management, they confronted Gilby and that's when they went down to the garage and found were the team member left them.

Wonderful.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

No one "found" Arenas' guns either. He turned them over to security when they asked him about the incident.

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Actually, according to an earlier Insider account, this is what happened:

After the incident, Arenas collected the guns, placed them inside his locker and then put them in a suitcase. He gave the suitcase to another Wizards teammate and told him to take it take it to Arenas's car in the garage. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that the teammate knew what was inside the suitcase.

When the unnamed teammate went to the garage, he did not know which vehicle belonged to Arenas. So the player left the suitcase in the garage. Minutes later, Wizards management learned about the incident and met with Arenas. He admitted he brought the guns from his home in Virginia into Washington. He also told management that Crittenton had a gun.

Wizards management then told security guards to grab the suitcase and remove it from Verizon Center. Arenas led a member of the security staff to the garage and pointed out the suitcase. The security officer then took the guns back to Virginia.

On Dec. 24, attorneys for the Wizards and Arenas told the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District about the incident. Authorities then seized the four guns from Arenas's house in Virginia, including the .500 magnum; a .50-caliber gold-plated semiautomatic Desert Eagle with a magazine; a .45-caliber, black semiautomatic Kimber Eclipse with a magazine; and a 9mm Browning with a magazine.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 2, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"....The security officer then took the guns back to Virginia."

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 2, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse "

I'm surprised the Wiz security/Wiz didn't in trouble for transporting those deadly weapons back to Virginia.

Wiz should have just called MPD right there and have them retrieve the guns.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, according to an earlier Insider account, this is what happened:"

Which is exactly what I said: When they found out about the incident security went to him and asked for the guns and he turned them over to them.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"Which is exactly what I said: When they found out about the incident security went to him and asked for the guns and he turned them over to them.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse "

So where is JCritt quoted as lying and denying that he had a gun?

I think the real lying was by Gilby who said he brought those guns to VC after the birth of his baby and turned them in right away.

Come to find out, he brought the guns in, did a show and tell about 1 week later, and then showed the guns to security after being questions, and then security confiscated them and "returned them to Virginia."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

"The only difference is that Arenas admitted to having the gun and turned it over when he was first confronted by authorities. Crittenton lied and denied for a few weeks before coming clean.

Posted by: kalo_rama"

The difference for DC_Man is that Arenas makes $20mill/yr and had an outlandish birthday party while Critt is a relative unknown.

Posted by: divi3 | February 2, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"The difference for DC_Man is that Arenas makes $20mill/yr and had an outlandish birthday party while Critt is a relative unknown.

Posted by: divi3 | February 2, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse "

Please, don't hide behind the facts.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

"Crittenton lied and denied for a few weeks before coming clean.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse "

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I think we should start moving out players who want out, or should be. That would be WOOD, OBERTO, JAMISON, BUTLER, STEPHENSON, JAMES and BOYKINS. McGUIRE can be signed for 1.1 mill more or less, and should be. So should MIKE MILLER, but at 9.75 million I don't think the WIZ can afford to extend him. Then you're left with McGEE, BLATCHE, YOUNG, and FOYE. ARENAS comes back. Problem is GRUNFELD is a lame-duck in everything but name, and his hands are tied. He can't get anything for anyone at this point because ownership and management are both suspect.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Too bad about Crittenton. He's a valuable commodity as a 6-5 pg. I can't remember -- what did the Wizards give up to get him? Critt played in something like 56 games last year for the Wizards.

I guess now we will find out what options Critt and the Wizards have. I don't think that Critt can play overseas this season, while still under contract to the Wizards.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 3, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

CRITT came over with JAMES in the DANIELSA trade.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I just looked it up myself. Washington traded Daniels and a conditional first round draft pick, and got Critt and Mike James.

It was a good plan to try to get a tall pg to play alongside Arenas, but man did it blow up.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 3, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I think we should start moving out players who want out, or should be. That would be WOOD, OBERTO, JAMISON, BUTLER, STEPHENSON, JAMES and BOYKINS. McGUIRE can be signed for 1.1 mill more or less, and should be. So should MIKE MILLER, but at 9.75 million I don't think the WIZ can afford to extend him. Then you're left with McGEE, BLATCHE, YOUNG, and FOYE. ARENAS comes back. Problem is GRUNFELD is a lame-duck in everything but name, and his hands are tied. He can't get anything for anyone at this point because ownership and management are both suspect.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey G - Good luck against Temple tonight.

I got to say though that I disagree a bit with what you say here, though. Of your list of folks to get out of here, all but Jamison and Butler are FAs at the end of the season and none of those FAs, save Haywood, have any value to any other team except cap room. So unless we can find a team more desperate for cap space than us (and there shouldn't be one in the whole NBA) we aren't going to get any better value for them than the $20 million in relief we will receive.

Also, I don't believe that, withhis injuries, Miller is going to commmand more than 5-6 million on the market this year. I'd resign him at that price for maybe 3 years.

Posted by: Blurred | February 3, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON CAPITALS!!! YALL BETTA RECK-O- NIHSE PEEPS!!! DATS WATS UP CAPS!!!

Posted by: ronniecope106 | February 3, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey G - Good luck against Temple tonight.

I got to say though that I disagree a bit with what you say here, though. Of your list of folks to get out of here, all but Jamison and Butler are FAs at the end of the season and none of those FAs, save Haywood, have any value to any other team except cap room. So unless we can find a team more desperate for cap space than us (and there shouldn't be one in the whole NBA) we aren't going to get any better value for them than the $20 million in relief we will receive.

Also, I don't believe that, withhis injuries, Miller is going to commmand more than 5-6 million on the market this year. I'd resign him at that price for maybe 3 years.

Posted by: Blurred | February 3, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

It's Saturday night, but thanks. St. JOE's on the road tonight.

No problemo with disagreein'. That's what makes the blog go round. I would love for WOOD and MILLER to be back, but what can you do with ownership up in the air? Ah-h-h, the house that ERNIE built.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

For anyone saying Critts gun was never recovered, it was. He turned it over to DC authorities, according to the prosecutor.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 3, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Be ironic if Ricky Rubio comes back from Europe and becomes a star, while Foye and Miller leave after this season.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 3, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

If we wanted Ricky Rubio we would have kept Steve Blake.

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

What other job can you have that pays you $13K per game...and you get paid but never play?

Posted by: Gooddad | February 3, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

we SHOULD have kept Steve Blake.

Posted by: millineumman | February 3, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Be ironic if Ricky Rubio comes back from Europe and becomes a star, while Foye and Miller leave after this season.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 3, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

No, it is not "ironic." Such a result (Rubio becoming a star while Miller and Foye move on) would not be the opposite of what most of us expected. This is just the way the Wiz routinely do business. They are consistently short-sighted in their player moves, and don't know how to build for a championship. They just put product out on the floor, patching from year to year. "Moronic" would be a more accurate description of Wiz decision-making, not ironic.

Here's definition of ironic:

"the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend."

Posted by: EdDC | February 3, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Someone on this blog, as far who we should draft, said that we should look at Evan Turner. MY GOD HE DOES PLAY LIKE BRANDON ROY, he seems to be very mature. I starting to think John Wall may be a head case for the Wiz. Also I don’t think he’s mature enough to handle DC and if we move Gil to the 2(if we are stuck with him) means absolutely no defense in our back court. But if we get Tuner and Gil comes back, I think that will mess up Evans game, he may start to pick-up on some of Gil’s bad habits (quick shot selection, defense and stubbornness). I know Gil will be hard to replace as a scorer and end of the game finisher but I don’t know if we can win a championship if he’s our highest paid player because he is not a good leader.
I also think we will end up with Hickson for Antawn, Ernie knows he just have to be a little patient, personally I would rather take a #1 over him though.

Posted by: dsquare | February 3, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

.....Now that would be a nice back court Evan Turner and Ricky Rubio

Posted by: dsquare | February 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

we SHOULD have kept Steve Blake.

Posted by: millineumman | February 3, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Now THERE's the beginning of a litany I've heard before. To reiterate we should of kept......

ROGER MASON, LARRY HUGHES, BEN WALLACE, RASHEED WALLACE, RIP HAMILTON, and as the years roll on, the list grows longer.

MORONIC seems apropos. BRAIN-DEAD comes to mind also. Well, change is at hand with the POLLIN's bailing on the franchise only a select few seem to want.

BTW, ARENAS, the gift that keeps on giving, will be back.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

imho, EG got it right. Rubio is total fraud and Tyreke Evans was the only guy we should have drafted.

Of course, players drafted later are having success- but all the GMs/scouts were wrong there

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

".......Ernie knows he just have to be a little patient, personally I would rather take a #1 over him though."


Posted by: dsquare | February 3, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I think ERNIE's "patience" is only limited by his options at this point. He's going to lose all his expiring contracts for nothing with the possible exception of WOOD's contract which he's been selling for weeks now with no takers. We should resign McGUIRE, and let the others walk. I don't think MIKE MILLER will get anywhere near the contract he has now, and maybe he'll be back at the end of FA. We'd do well to re-sign him, IF that's possible once he's tested FA.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

In a text message to the Post, Crittenton denied the allegations, saying: “I have done nothing wrong. Let the investigation process take its course and you will see that. My name is dying in this situation.”

I guess bringing a gun across state lines and into an NBA locker room isn't wrong right?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

imho, EG got it right. Rubio is total fraud and Tyreke Evans was the only guy we should have drafted.

Of course, players drafted later are having success- but all the GMs/scouts were wrong there

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

You could be right. We will see. We are not the pros.

The question is: should you patch now to try to achieve respectability (and give away your overall #5 pick) or accumulate high draft picks for future success?

When you say EG got it right, I assume you mean he was right to trade the pick for one unrestricted FA and one restricted FA? Foye is the only one with upside, so you have to assume:

1. Foye will be re-signed after this season; and,

2. Foye's upside is greater than the upside of Rubio or whomever else you would have drafted (I think Evans was gone at #4).

Assuming EG got it right on both counts, then the Wiz did the right thing for a change.

Posted by: EdDC | February 3, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

i think those are 2 safe assumptions, and yes, evans went 4th to the Kings after they worked Rubio out and opted to pass on him.

btw, we swept the Kings last season thus handing them the option to draft a potential beast in Evans while we were left scrapping around

Les Boullez!

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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