Former UCLA basketball Player Billy Knight Found Dead


By The Associated Press

Authorities say former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight has died in Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t released a cause of death.

Phoenix police say Knight’s body was found on a roadway early Sunday near downtown and there was no evidence of foul play.

Billy Knight died in Phoenix and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to determine the cause of death. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

The 39-year-old Knight was a guard/forward at UCLA from 1998-2002, averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

He wasn’t picked in the 2002 NBA draft and played professionally in France and Japan.

Knight was a basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns of the developmental G League in the 2016-17 season. The team is affiliated with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Northern Arizona Suns officials issued a statement Tuesday evening saying they were “deeply saddened by the passing.”

On Sunday, Knight published a video on YouTube in which he said, “This is probably my last message on Earth “I just want to say that I lived a life of sin. I lied. I cheated, and I stole from many people. I was a taker. That’s why my life ended up where it is now.”



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