Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton will not to appeal the season-long suspension he received from NBA commissioner David Stern, the league announced.
Crittenton was suspended without pay for the rest of the regular season on Jan. 27 because of his involvement in the December 2009 gun incident in the Wizards’ locker room at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 22-year-old native of Atlanta, Ga., considered appealing the suspension, but altered his decision after consulting with the NBA Players Association.
“After consulting with his representatives and the NBPA, Javaris has informed me that he does not intend to challenge the suspension that Commissioner Stern imposed last week,” NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement released on Feb. 2.
“Javaris has said that he believes far more good will be done by moving forward and focusing on the future. We respect his decision and accordingly no grievance will be filed on his behalf. Javaris has reiterated to me his deep personal regret and I have no doubt that he will continue to make positive contributions as a respected member of our union and the NBA community.”
Crittenton received the same suspension that Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was served after admitting to bringing guns into the locker room following an argument that developed during a card game on a team flight. Crittention was also sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge, while Arenas’ sentence is still pending following his guilty plea of a felony gun possession charge.