By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This weekend, former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight committed suicide on July 8th. He posted a cryptic video saying goodbye, in which he admitted to living a “sin” before taking his own life.
According to TMZ Sports, the sin that he was referring to was sexually assaulting a child. The gossip website said the victim was nine-years-old.
The 39-year-old was arrested on June 13th in Phoenix, Arizona. He was charged with six felonies for the sexual encounter with a minor under the age of 15.
Knight, according to the prosecutors in Maricopa County, was facing multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor. The sexual acts happened in the mother’s own bed.
He was facing more than 50-years in prison if he was convicted of all charges, according to TMZ. He posted $100,000 bond, then was released from custody in June.
However, he was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. It is unclear if Knight had this on when he took his own life.
The mother of the victim said that Knight violated his release terms multiple times. In addition, she even said that he appeared at their home.
Knight had a court date in the coming weeks, the report says.
Knight was a member of the Bruins from 1997-98 through 2001-02, including missing the 1998-99 season. As a Bruin, he appeared in 117 games, including 51 starts, with an 8.0 points, 2.2 rebound, 0.7 assist, 0.7 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game.
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