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Ex-NBA player arrested in Riverdale

Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton

Riverdale police arrested a former National Basketball Association player, Wednesday, for speeding and obstruction of an officer.

Javaris Cortez Crittenton, 24, of Fayetteville, was being held in the Clayton County Jail on $795 cash, or $1,500 property bond.

Sheriff's Lt. Brian Crisp said early Wednesday evening that Crittenton's family was in the process of arranging bond for him.

Crittenton was arrested in Fulton County in August on a murder charge, in the drive-by shooting of Julian Jones, 22. He was released on $230,000 bond after a lengthy hearing.

Fulton Magistrate Karen Woodson approved the bond, but required former Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt and others, who spoke on Crittenton's behalf, to co-sign it.

Police said Jones was walking with two men, one of whom is believed to have been the actual target. Crittenton's defense attorney, Brian Steel, said his client is innocent.

Crittenton was born in Atlanta and educated at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy before moving on to Georgia Tech. He was a first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers. He debuted in the NBA on Nov. 2, 2007.

After leaving the Lakers, Crittenton played for the Washington Wizards. The NBA suspended him, after officials accused him and a teammate of bringing guns into the team’s locker room.