Javaris Crittenton: Former Lakers Guard Arrested for Speeding

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Javaris Crittenton #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on December 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Already charged with the murder of a 22-year-old Atlanta woman in August, former NBA guard Javaris Crittenton was arrested after being pulled over for speeding and refusing to cooperate with the officer.

According to TMZ, Crittenton was arrested outside of Atlanta on Wednesday morning after being pulled over for going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone. Crittenton reportedly refused to sign the speeding ticket issued by the police officer, then would not step out of his car when asked. When he finally agreed, the officer arrested him for speeding and obstruction of an officer.

The once-promising combo guard was drafted No. 19 overall in 2007 by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to play parts of three seasons with the Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.

Crittenton's NBA career came to an end, in effect, on Christmas Eve 2009. He and former Wizards superstar Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other in the locker room over gambling debts. This led to both players being suspended for the remainder of the season by Commissioner David Stern, and ultimately resulted in Crittenton's release.

Since then, Crittenton has played in China and the NBA Development League, but the murder charge has completely halted his basketball career.

The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket seemed to have all the makings of an NBA star who could have excelled in the Lakers' triangle offense, but he bounced around the league and couldn't stay out of trouble.

It's tough to say what the future holds for Crittenton. But if he is declared innocent of the murder charge against him, hopefully he can move past that and this latest incident.

It's always a shame to see a talented athlete throw everything away, and Crittenton is the latest of many such stories.