Billy Knight, a former UCLA Bruins basketball player, was found dead early Sunday (July 8) in Phoenix, Arizona. Knight, a former teammate of Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono, is the second former Bruins player to die this week after former NBA player Tyler Honeycutt shot himself after a police standoff.
Los Angeles Daily News writes:
Former Westchester High and UCLA basketball player William “Billy” Knight was found dead early Sunday morning at 2:45 a.m. on a Phoenix roadway. Phoenix Police responded after Knight was found by Phoenix Fire and pronounced dead.
The cause of Knight’s death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. No evidence of foul play was detected, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
Knight posted a six-minute video on YouTube on July 8 titled “Billy Knight ‘I’m Sorry Lord’”.
In the video, Knight speaks about his “life of sin”, and tells the viewers that it will be his “last message on earth.”
Knight played for the team between 1998 and 2002, averaging 14 points in his senior season but went undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft. He played professionally overseas and most recently worked as a basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns of the developmental G League in the 2016-17 season.
UCLA and some of Knight’s teammates took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
We’ve shared the final video of Knight below. We do warn that the content within could be disturbing to some.