UCLA basketball alum Billy Knight found dead after posting YouTube video

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

Another tragedy has hit the UCLA basketball family after Billy Knight, was found dead in Phoenix on a roadway, a week after another former player committed suicide, reports ESPN.

Knight, 39, was a guard/forward at UCLA from 1998-2002, averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Each season they advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Steve Lavin and reached the regional semifinals in his final three seasons.

Court documents showed that William "Billy" Price Knight, a former UCLA basketball player and basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns, was arrested in Tempe on June 13 on two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of child molestation.

News of Knights death was first released by Lorenzo Mata, former UCLA player and teammate of Knight, on his Twitter account. In a shaking voice, he adds that he regrets the life he led.

The official cause of death has yet to be determined by the Maricopa County medical examiner, but no foul play is suspected, according to the Phoenix Police Department. "I just want to say that I lived a life of sin".

'I wasn't honest with a lot of people. even my mom, my brother and my family members.

"I isolated myself from my family, I isolated myself from my friends, and that's not something you should do", Knight said. "I isolated myself from my friends, and that's not something you should do. I just asked God for forgiveness for all the wrong I've done".

'I was a taker. and that's why my life ended up where it is now. You can't play around with life. "My time is up", Knight said. But he said he left "some things" for him, saying it's not much, but it's what he had left. Knight went undrafted by the NBA in 2002 and played basketball in Europe and Japan.

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