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07-12-2018, 05:35 AM

Former NAZ Suns assistant Billy Knight dead, posted apparent goodbye video
Former NAZ Suns assistant Billy Knight dead, posted apparent goodbye video

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PHOENIX - Authorities say former UCLA basketball player and Northern Arizona Suns assistant coach 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.

Court paperwork obtained by ABC15 shows that Knight was arrested this past June on multiple counts of child molestation. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100,000 bond.

On July 5, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Knight's release citing several violations of his release conditions. Knight allegedly sent a postcard to the victim's mother from jail and showed up in the backyard of her home late at night on four occasions. He also reportedly posted a note on social media to the victim's mother, an ex-girlfriend saying, "I miss you....."

The 39-year-old Knight was a basketball operations assistant for the NAZ Suns, the Phoenix Suns' developmental G League affiliate, during the 2016-17 season.

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.

TMZ Sports reported Knight posted a video on YouTube on Sunday in which he said "my time is up" and the video is "probably my last message on Earth."

"In the video, an emotional Knight talks about depression and apologizes to friends and family. He also advises people suffering from mental illness to seek help, so they don't end up like him," TMZ reported.

The Bobster
07-12-2018, 01:33 PM

Former UCLA star charged with child sex abuse before suicide
By Amy Lieu, Fox News
July 12, 2018 | 8:58am

Billy Knight
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The former UCLA basketball star who was found dead Sunday in Phoenix after posting a heartbreaking video on YouTube was arrested last month for child sexual abuse and molestation, police told TMZ.

Billy Knight, 39, had sexual encounters involving a girl under the age of 15, Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff’s officials said. Sources told TMZ that she was 9 years old.

The abuse took place on her mother’s bed, the report said, citing court documents. Phoenix’s ABC 15 reported that the child’s mother was Knight’s girlfriend.

Prosecutors said he also showed up at the girl’s home after he posted $100,000 bail. Knight was released from custody in June, but was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, TMZ reported.

He was facing more than 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges, the site reported.

Knight recorded a video Sunday before his death that appeared to be a suicide note saying, “I am sorry, Lord.”

“I just want to say that I lived a life of sin. I lied. I cheated. And I stole,” he said. “I isolated myself from my family members. I isolated myself from my friends. If this happens, you probably have a mental illness.”

His death reportedly has been ruled a suicide.