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Parker: Colombia Supreme Court Approves US Extradition of Accused Killers of DEA Special Agent Terry Watson

James Watson

 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The Colombia Supreme Court ruled on April 3rd in favor of the US extradition request of all seven defendants charged with the murder of DEA Special Agent James “Terry” Watson in June 2013. Special Agent Watson’s career was the subject of a column last year.

Agent Watson was killed in what appeared to be a robbery attempt after he left a Bogota restaurant where he had met with friends to watch an NBA Championship game on television.

He had had an extraordinary career with DEA in which he sought out the most challenging and dangerous assignments, including three deployments in Afghanistan, as well as in Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Panama.

The case indicates the close working relationship which has developed between Colombian and US law enforcement in recent years. Previous US extradition requests involving the murder of three other DEA agents in Colombia have been problematic.

The Colombian Supreme Court will now forward its ruling to the Colombian Ministry of Justice and then to Colombian President Juan Manual Santos Calderon for a final decision on the extradition.

FBI Agent Who Lectured Sports Teams about Drugs Dies at 67

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James A. McIntosh was not just any lecturer.

The 6-foot-7 FBI agent was a basketball standout at Villanova University and considered a role model for many of the younger athletes he spoke to about the evils of drugs, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

McIntosh died on June 29 after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 67.

McIntosh also held drug seminars for pro and college athletes, meeting with almost every team in the NFL and NBA.

McIntosh spent most of his career with the FBI working with the Philadelphia division, the Daily News reported.

FBI: Golden State Warriors Coach Extorted Over Nude Photos of Himself

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ex-stripper and her roommate were charged this week with trying to extort money from Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson by threatening to release nude photos of the married former NBA star, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The stripper’s roommate, Marcus Shaw, threatened to reveal the photos unless Adams coughed up, among other things, money “to fix his teeth and to get his car out of the impound lot,” the Chronicle reported.

After Shaw approached Jackson’s wife, the couple called authorities. A federal affidavit said the FBI monitored communication between both parties and confirmed the extortion attempt.

FBI Looking into Allegations Ex-Flame Tried to Extort Money from NBA Star

Kris Humphries/nba

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking into allegations that the ex-girlfriend of New Jersey Net basketball star Kris Humphries tried to extort money from him, TMZ reported.

The tabloid TV show reported that Humphrie’s lawyers turned over recorded messages to the FBI that have ex-girlfriend Myla Sinanaj trying to extort money in exchange for her silence about their relationship.

The FBI declined to comment, according to TMZ.

National Basketball Players Assoc. Subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Some of the more exciting action in the NBA these days may be off the court.

The behind the scenes dealings of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is apparently going to be  scrutinized by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has issued a subpoena.

The investigation follows the NBPA’s Executive Director Billy Hunter and executive committee’s refusal to review financial and business practices when requested by their President Derek Fisher, an Oklahoma City Thunder guard, earlier this month, according to Bloomberg Business Week. After refusing the review, the committee asked Fisher to resign.

Hunter, who has served in his current position since 1996, through 2 major run-ins with players, has two children and a daughter-in-law working with the Association directly or indirectly.

Bloomberg gleaned from public records that the New York-based union has paid $4.8 million to Hunter’s family members and their professional firms since 2001. The association has appointed six player representatives and executive committee members to a special committee, to oversee an internal inquiry that will include a financial audit. Hunter has recused himself from the review process.

“The mere fact that there may be nepotism is not going to in and of itself draw the interest of investigators,” William Gould, an emeritus professor at Stanford Law School and a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.

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FBI Says Ex-NBA Player Arrested at Calif. Airport on Murder Charge

 

Javaris Crittenton/facebook photo

 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Authorities Monday night arrested ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton at John Wayne Airport in Orange Co., Calif.,  on a murder charge out of Atlanta, the FBI said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Crittenton was arrested at the airport while checking in for a red eye flight from LA to Atlanta, the paper reported.

Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,” attorney Brian Steel told the paper. “He’s innocent of the charges.”

Crittenton, 23, had a short-lived carreer in the NBA. He was traded his rook season to the Memphis Grizzlies, who sent him off to the Washington Wizards where he became better known for a gun incident in the locker room with star Gilbert Arenas in late 2009.

Both pulled guns on each other over a gambling dispute. Crittention was suspended by the NBA and got probation in the criminal case. He eventually ended up playing minor league basketball with the Dakota Wizards.

Authorities allege that he shot and killed a 22-year-old mother of four in Atlanta on Aug. 19. Reports indicated that the mother was not the intended target, but rather someone who Crittenton thought had stolen jewelry from him.

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FBI Helps Hunt Ex-NBA Player Wanted for Murder

Javaris Crittenton/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended by the NBA in a gun incident in Washington in 2009, was not the most sought after player in the league.

But now he feels more wanted — by the FBI that is.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI is helping Atlanta and Los Angeles police search for the former NBA player on charges of murder.

AP reports that Crittenton is wanted in the fatal shooting of Jullian Jones, 22, a mother of four who was murdered on Aug. 19 in Atlanta. AP reported that she was not the intended target when Crittention opened fire from an SUV.

Authorities say Jones likely was not the intended target when Crittenton fired shots from an SUV. Authorities say Crittenton was retaliating for an April robbery in which he was a victim.

Crittenton had a limited career, having played a total of 113 games for teams like the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies.

In 2010, he pleaded guilty and got probation for a gun possession charge after he and then-Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other in the locker room over a gambling debts.  Both were suspended, but he never returned to the Wizards.

He eventually ended up playing for the Dakota Wizards, a minor league basketball team.

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Tall Order: FBI Officials Try to Recruit an NBA Forward

Gerald Wallace/wikipedia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI knows about good public relations. Portland, Ore., is a case in point.

The TV station FOX 12 in Portland reports that FBI agents showed up to a Portland Trailblazer basketball practice in suburban Portland this week to reach out to player Gerald Wallace, 28,  as a potential recruit and remind him to keep the bureau in mind.

The station reported that when the 6- foot 7 forward arrived in Portland “he mentioned he’d like to join the FBI when he gets done in the NBA.”

So, special agent in charge Art Balizan, assistant special agent in charge Alan Peters, public affairs specialist Beth Anne Steele and retired Portland FBI agents Bob Hanis and Dick Bittner showed up, the station reported, and gave Wallace an official FBI hat, sweatshirt and honorary badge.

The station reported that the agents also gave Wallace some information about joining.

The station reported that new agents must between 23 and 37 and have a four year degree and working experience.