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Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton waives extradition in murder case

Javaris CrittentonFormer Laker Javaris Crittenton on Wednesday waived his right to challenge extradition to face a murder charge in the drive-by shooting death of a mother of four, according to a report by Reuters.

Crittenton was arrested by the FBI on Monday night at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana and taken into custody just as he was about to board a flight to Atlanta, reportedly to turn himself in to authorities. He was jailed in Los Angeles on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

He appeared in court Wednesday before a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, who ordered Crittenton to remain held without bail until he returns to his home state. The judge, Upinder Kalra, said Georgia authorities have until Sept. 15 to pick up Crittenton and bring him back to Atlanta. 

Authorities allege that Crittenton fatally shot Jullian Jones on Aug. 19 in the woman's driveway in Atlanta. Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Crittenton, 23, had reported being robbed of jewelry earlier this year and might have mistaken Jones as the thief when he allegedly opened fire as he drove by in a sport utility vehicle. Police had been searching for him for several days. 

More links below the jump.

--The Times' Robert Lopez notes Crittenton's appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday for a hearing on his murder case.

--Grantland.com's Rembert Brown documents Crittenton's fall. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at other NBA players who got arrested. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Crittenton couldn't balance his impassiveness with his intensity. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer sizes up the FIBA European Championships. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman believes Ron Artest's appearance on "Dancing With the Stars" will be entertaining. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as 710 ESPN's Mark Willard debate who will win the Western Conference next season, assuming there is one. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe compares and contrasts the clutch stats between Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce. 

--Laker Nation's Got 'Em Coach expresses concern about Artest's "look at me" attitude. 

Tweet of the Day: "Wonder how Pau would do on Dancing With the Stars?" -- reallisa (L.A. Times' Lisa Dillman)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "BJ has no stake in this game, therefore he should be still. Having someone like Kobe or any other high profile player visit your league benifits the community and the league. Secondly, Kobe is not from LA, but he's a BIG part of today's LA sports.

Would you deny Magic Johnson an opportunity to come play around with young youth because he's not from that community? Would you deny Jordan? BJ's not hating, he's just on the wrong side of this article/self promotion, to be heard any where or place he can." -- Kenneth McDowell

-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Former Laker Javaris Crittenton. Credit: FBI

 
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