Former UCLA basketball player found dead after posting video on mental health

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

Court documents obtained by TMZ Sports show the 39-year-old was arrested in Phoenix on June 14 and charged for sexual acts involving a girl that was nine.

Knight played for the Bruins from 1997-2002 alongside former National Basketball Association players like Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono. Each season they advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Steve Lavin and reached the regional semifinals in his final three seasons.

UCLA fans have been dealt a second heartbreaking loss, as just this past weekend, former Bruin, Tyler Honeycutt, lost his life in a shootout with the police.

According to reports, former Bruins Basketball player, Lorenzo Meta-Real was first to reveal the tragic news, via Twitter.


In an emotional video titled "I am Sorry Lord", Knight detailed the distress he felt before his death. His cause of death will ultimately be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. I lied, I cheated and I stole from many people. I isolated myself from my family members, I isolated myself from my friends. "I isolated myself from my friends, and that's not something you should do", the former basketball player said in his recorded YouTube video. "Mental illness is serious".

Knight, who was facing six felonies, apparently made a decision to end his life instead. You can't play around with life. I hear voices in my head constantly and I don't know where they come from.

Knight was found dead in the early hours of July 8, not long after he posted a video online saying his "time is up". Later in the video he says "I just feel like I don't belong here on Earth". But he said he left "some things" for him, saying it's not much, but it's what he had left. He went undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft, but continued playing basketball in the D-League, Europe, Japan and with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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