• In 2004 Javaris Crittenton — a sophomore and already a team captain — teams with Dwight Howard to lead Southwest Atlanta Christian to the Class A title.
• In 2006 Crittenton graduates from high school — where he’d been a 3.5 student and a member of both the Beta Club and the Future Business Leaders of America — and enrolls at Georgia Tech.
• In 2007 he exits Tech after a good-but-not great freshman season and is taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 19th pick of the NBA draft.
• In January 2010 he pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge resulting from the infamous guns-in-the-locker-room that involved Crittenton and Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas, who on Christmas Eve engaged in an argument regarding gambling debts. Both players are suspended by the NBA for the rest of the season.
Maybe you’re clever enough to have foreseen this path. I’m not. Yeah, I thought Crittenton was a gifted player who left school a year too soon. The same could be said of his Tech classmate Thaddeus Young, and Young has done nicely with the Philadelphia 76ers. Lots of guys leave too soon. Some of them make it anyway.
And it’s not as if warning lights flashed at every turn. Crittenton attended one high school for four years, which isn’t always the contemporary norm. He played alongside Howard, who jumped directly to the NBA and who has become one of the five best players in the world. Crittenton’s summers were spent playing AAU ball with the Atlanta Celtics, a program that boasts a long list of distinguished alums. He signed with Tech, a proud program in the high-minded ACC. He was drafted by the Lakers, the NBA’s best organization.
And yet: This gifted young player was gone from the NBA in three years, having worked his way through four organizations. He was cut last October by the Charlotte Bobcats. He played five games with a team in China and spent the winter with the Dakota Wizards, the Bismarck-based franchise in the NBA Developmental League, averaging 14.5 points and 6.7 assists.
That’s the basketball part of it. I’m not sure how much basketball has to do with this murder warrant. (And here we stipulate that Crittenton is innocent until proved guilty.) You can tut-tut and say, “Oh, it’s the system of entitlement that leads to guns in the locker room,” but I’ve hung around the NBA for more than a quarter-century and I’ve never seen a gun in a locker room.
The gun-related suspension should have been a lesson. Nineteen months later, Crittenton is wanted for allegedly having loosed the shots from an SUV that took the life of a young woman who happened to be in the line of fire. (Police believe Crittenton saw someone who’d stolen jewelry from him earlier this year.)
At such a distressing moment, it would be convenient to blame basketball for the wrong turns in Crittenton’s 23-year-old life. But there’s free will involved in every life, is there not? He has had role models. He was around successful people and winning programs. He was a good student who was thought to have leadership qualities. And he had, owing to having been a Round 1 draftee, a guaranteed contract.
Give some people those circumstances and they’d make the most of them. Crittenton has made the least. (His profile on Twitterbore this greeting: “Say hello to the bad guy!” The account was apparently deleted Friday night.) It’s never surprising when a good young player doesn’t grow into an NBA All-Star — not many do — but it is shocking when you read the AJC.comheadline, “Former Georgia Tech star wanted for fatal shooting.”
Had he stayed four years at Tech, Crittenton would have just finished his NBA rookie season. That’s not an excuse for anything, nor is it an explanation. It wasn’t some “system” that caused a young woman’s death. It was a choice made by one person to raise a gun and pull its trigger. Yes, it’s possible that person wasn’t Javaris Crittenton. The warrant does, however, bear his name.
The keynote Speaker was Catherine Leggett, First Lady of Montgomery County, MD. The purpose of the event was to give teen girls opportunities to share their views on issues impacting their lives and showcase their leadership and advocacy skills and to give caring adults and near peers opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences and engage with teen girls.
Approximately 100 teen girls attended from the SNEAKERS, PEARLS and 4C-ing the Future, Crittenton’s College and Career Connection programs. The teen girls were from the District of Columbia’s Ward 5, 7 and 8 and from Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg in Montgomery County.
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington empowers teen girls to overcome obstacles, make positive choices, and achieve their goals through programs in schools throughout the Greater Washington area. Through their programs, teen girls learn to value their gifts and develop essential life skills. Most importantly, they attain a belief in their ability to succeed.
For three decades, the results have been life changing: the girls in our programs are staying in school, avoiding pregnancy, graduating from high school, and going on to college and jobs.
Crittenton serves teen girls through four best-practices programs:
SNEAKERS enables girls who are navigating the challenges of high school to thrive. (SNEAKERS is the acronym for Self-efficacy, Nurturance, Expectations, Assertiveness, Knowledge, Empowerment, Responsibility, and Success.) The SNEAKERS curriculum provides information on healthy relationships, careers, post-secondary education, nutrition and fitness, and reproductive health and sexuality. SNEAKERS groups meet in school for one hour per week for 26 weeks and engage in five out-of-school enrichment activities.
PEARLS is a positive youth development program for young women who are pregnant or parenting. (PEARLS is the acronym for Parenting, Education, and Responsive Life-skills.) The program’s mission is to postpone future pregnancies, develop parenting and life skills and promote academic success. PEARLS groups meet in school for one hour per week for 26 weeks and engage in five out-of-school enrichment activities.
Crittenton College and Career Connection (4C-ing the Future) is a college access and career exploration program for eighth grade girls, most of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. (4C’ING the future is the acronym for Crittenton College and Career Connection.) The program includes financial literacy, leadership development and encourages family involvement through bilingual counseling.
Goal-Setting Girls gives teen girls the tools and skills they need to chart their paths to academic and life success.
Partner Profile: The National Crittenton Foundation
With the recent launch of Grouptrail, we are extremely excited to announce The National Crittenton Foundation as our first official partner! The National Crittendon Foundation is over 130 years old and alongside their large family of agencies, seeks to support girls, young women, and their families living at the margin of the American dream overcome major obstacles rooted in circumstances not of their own making.
“We believe in the power of potential in girls and young women,” said Holly Weems, Director of Resource Development. “We believe that their future is not dictated or determined by their past but rather by our ability as a society to support their will and determination to transform their lives.”
Through the newly announced partnership, Grouptrail revenue funds will go to help the Foundation’s #BeSomething campaign, which will showcase girls and young women as they celebrate their strength, resilience and achievements. The idea behind the campaign came from a group of over 20 women who decided that the hardest part about leaving an agency or treatment center was the lack of support once you leave or are back at home. The women decided that having a network of other supportive women to help in achieving self-empowerment was critical to their success.
The campaign has been in the works for quite a while, but will officially kick off in January of this upcoming year and aims to encompass an educational institute alongside a society of women coming together to build social capital and support one another.
Through the social media aspect of the #BeSomething campaign, women can upload pictures of themselves and use the hashtags #BeBold, #BeDetermined, #BeResilient, etc. Women are also encouraged to create a video, meme or picture stating their achievement and encouraging other girls and young women in their life to do the same. By sharing a story, women can amplify their strength and show that they are resilient, despite the circumstances.
Grouptrail is extremely excited to support the Crittenton Foundation in their efforts to empower girls and young women. To learn more about the campaign and get involved, visit the campaign site as well as The National Crittenton Foundation Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Javaris Crittenton – Ex-NBA Star Accused of ATTACKING Baby Mama
Javaris Crittenton — ex-NBA star and accused murderer — is now being accused of slapping his baby mama in the face while she was breastfeeding their 1-day-old child … TMZ has learned.
Crittenton has temporarily been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Tyress Daniels and their newborn son … after she filed court docs outlining a pattern of domestic violence.
In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Daniels claims JC attacked her on three separate occasions. The first incident allegedly took place when she was pregnant and he roughed her up in a hotel room.
According to Daniels, the 2nd incident occurred at a hospital on Nov. 1 — less than 24 hours after she gave birth to their son.
Daniels claims, “I was breastfeeding the baby and we got into an argument over what the baby would wear for pictures. Javaris hit me in the face while I was breastfeeding because he said I had a smart mouth.”
Daniels claims Javaris tried to grab the baby and leave … but hospital security rushed in and stopped him. He was eventually kicked out of the room.
According to the docs, Daniels claims JC got rough with her a 3rd time on Nov. 26 … scratching her face and busting her lip. She also claims Javaris later sent her a text message saying she would end up like her “dead mother” and he will have the child.
After Daniels filed the docs, a judge awarded temporary custody of the kid to Daniels — and set a hearing for next month … when the judge will decide if the restraining order will become more permanent.
It’s another major legal fight for the 24-year-old former Washington Wizards player … who’s facing a murder charge for the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman in 2011. Javaris has denied any wrongdoing in the murder case.
On this date in history (2008): The Lakers traded Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and first round picks in 2008 (Donte Green) and 2010 (Greivis Vasquez) for Pau Gasol