Many NBA players got involved with the dark side as children, sometimes growing up in some of the toughest neighborhoods in America. Some survived unscathed, others were unharmed, but many remained distinguished in this way of life. Like these Big Five names, they symbolize the “gangster” lifestyle of the NBA.
1. Javaris Crittenton
In 2007, when he was a junior with the Lakers, Javaris Crittenton was recruited into the Mansfield Gangster Crips, one of the most violent African American gangs on the West Coast which is said to have between 30,000 and 50,000 members. A criminal organization that specializes among other things in the smuggling of weapons, drugs, murder, or prostitution in more than 200 US cities.
In 2009, now with the witches, Javaris is completely dreaded in the locker room and Gilbert Arenas threatens with a gun. The massacre will be avoided with difficulty. Washington would logically separate from Crittenton. In 2011, he accidentally killed a woman while wanting justice for a member of the Bloods (a hostile gang of Crips) who blackmailed him. Released on bail pending trial, he was arrested in 2014 on charges of smuggling cocaine and marijuana. Then he received 23 years in prison. His sentence will expire at the end of 2036.
2. Caron Butler
in The famous confrontation between Gilbert Arenas and Javares CrittentonHe’s the only one in the locker room who didn’t run away. And for good reason, nothing can frighten Caron Butler.
Butler was a 12-year-old drug smuggler who had already been arrested 15 times before he turned 15. A beautiful entry into adolescence, for a child who followed the greatest merchants and pimps of his time. “My heroes are pimps and drug dealers,” he later explained.
In the detention center, the player will discover a passion for the orange ball, before joining the University of Connecticut and then the NBA with the success we know.
3. Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph officially retired at the end of December 2019, and he’s carrying a lot of baggage on the dark side with him. Arrested in 2017 For possession and the possibility of reselling cannabisHardly escaped prison. Already, in 2010, and then in Memphis, he was in the crosshairs of the police for the same reasons. The police, who already knew him, accused him of assault and thefts he had done in his youth.
Randolph loves this life, and can hardly hide it. He is known for his alleged ties to a Portland gang known as the Hobbs family, itself linked to a larger mafia organization, the Crips. A few years ago, the player received an MTV Home in exchange for an episode of MTV Cribs. The police couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw pictures of the gang members on the walls, the gang pupils symbol on the pool table, or even the poster of “Free Larry Hoover,” founder of Gangster Disciples, currently imprisoned for several hundred years.
4- Stephen Jackson
Truly reckless in the league, Stephen Jackson has an extensive gangster background. He does not hide his affiliation with The Bloods, another American gang similar (but enemy) to the Crips family, which he often showed during his career wearing red:
That’s how I grew up. That’s what I’ve defended since I was nine years old. I’d be lying to you if I told you I didn’t go down that path when I was young. Everyone was selling drugs, everyone was hanging out …
Jackson lost his brother when he was just 15 years old, and was beaten to death on a gang spree. The ex-Tottenham player is one of the few to speak publicly about his affiliation with his gang.
During his years in the NBA, he was particularly involved in Auburn Hills Brawl November 19, 2004And the The most violent in league history, with Ron Artist, Ben Wallace, Jermaine O’Neill and many other players and fans.
5. Steve Francis
How do you go from dealer status to second choice status for the 1999 draft? I’ve just been called Steve Francis. But the best thing about Stevie Franchise is letting him tell you his own story, In an open letter fully translated by us. Stay tuned, his epic is simply fantastic.
We could have mentioned other players (Monta Ellis, Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis, Paul Pierce, J.R. Smith among others), but the five selected are among the most involved, or at least those considered the most famous audience.