Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Former UCLA Basketball Player Billy Knight Found Dead After Posting Ominous Video

Former UCLA Basketball Player Billy Knight Found Dead After Posting Ominous Video

The alleged crime occurred April 1, 2017.

Knight was reportedly facing over 50 years in prison, if convicted.

Knight was found by fire officials along a Phoenix roadway at approximately 2:45am, local police confirmed in a statement.

On July 8, Knight posted a video to Youtube titled "Billy Knight I am sorry Lord", which he began by saying, "This is probably my last message on earth". I isolated myself from my family members.

Knight's death marks the second of an ex-Bruin player this week.

Knight, who was 39 years old, played for UCLA between 1997 and 2002.

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The former UCLA Bruin's death took his former teammates and coaches by surprise, especially just days after it was reported that former Bruin and former Sacramento Kings basketball player Tyler Honeycutt shot and killed himself during a standoff with police over the weekend.

"I was a taker", Knight says.

Billy Knight while playing for UCLA.

Mental illness is a awful disease and should be treated very seriously. I hear voices in my head constantly. "I just feel like I can't continue on". You can't play around with life.

During the video, Knight becomes emotional as he repeatedly references his faith and calls on people with mental health difficulties to reach out to loved ones. Speaking to the Los Angeles Daily news, Escoto said that "Honeycutt had been going through some things." . He would go undrafted by the National Basketball Association, but played until 2016 for various teams around the world in countries like France and Japan. At the time of his death, he had been on the staff of the Northern Arizona Suns, a developmental G league team affiliated with the NBA's Phoenix Suns.

The AP News reports Escoto as saying, "I planned on going to his house to talk, but his mom called me 45 minutes later saying, 'He had a gun and was talking insane..."

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