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Bourré-Playing Former Wizards Player Charged With Murder

Former Wizards player Javaris Crittenton is facing murder and gang charges in Georgia over a woman's death in 2011, which prosecutors say came after Crittenton was robbed of $50,000 worth of jewelry.

Of course, this isn't the first time Crittenton has been accused of gunplay after being ripped off. His primary claim to fame while in Washington was his role in the Great Gilbert Arenas Bourré Saga of 2009. Crittenton and Arenas were playing the vaguely defined card game of bourré on the team plane when a debate over the rules escalated into locker room gun-brandishing:

Crittenton reportedly challenged Arenas to a fistfight; Arenas said he was too old to put up his dukes and countered with a threat to burn Crittenton's car (where'd he come up with that one?); then Arenas said he'd shoot Crittenton in the face. Crittenton said he'd retaliate by shooting Arenas in the knee, hardly greater punishment than getting shot to the face, but that's beside the point here.

Anyhow, Arenas, in a stunt true to his fun-loving and reckless character, brings four guns to work in a backpack, including: a .50-caliber gold-plated Desert Eagle, a silver-plated Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver, a .45 caliber Kimber Eclipse pistol, and a 9mm Browning with extended magazine....

Arenas then places the guns in front of Crittenton's locker, and things go crazy, just as the great Mike Wise chronicled in the Washington Post. One new detail on this clash: At one point, Crittenton apparently threw one of the guns across the locker room. Though it's been widely reported that Crittenton chambered a round in a gun of his own, the court proceeding didn't have anything to say about that.

Crittenton eventually plead guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.

Last September, TMZ caught Crittenton, who had already been arrested for the Georgia murder, out partying. When a reporter asked him if he'd rather be stuck on a deserted island with someone he hated or with no one at all, Crittenton chose the latter. Sorry, Gilbert.

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