Report: New York Knicks Draft Pick’s Murder May Be Tied To Dating App
The death of former NBA player Michael Wright is now being investigated as a homicide. According to ABC News, Wright’s body was discovered in his SUV two days after he was reported missing by a family friend.
The 35-year-old’s body was located in the backseat of the vehicle underneath a pile of trash bags. The car was parked on a street in Brooklyn. Investigators discovered a suspicious wound on Wright’s head, and a local medical examiner confirmed that blunt force trauma to the head was his official cause of death, Syracuse.com reports.
According to the New York Daily News, law enforcement sources say that cops believe that he may have been killed by someone he met on Grindr, a dating and hookup app for gay men. Investigators, however, have not confirmed this. Wright’s cousin, Randolph Berry, 40, told the newspaper that he had no knowledge of his cousin’s sexual orientation.
“We don’t know anything about his personal life,” said Berry. “All we know is that he did damage overseas. When he played ball, he destroyed everyone in front of him.”
Wright was drafted by the Knicks in 2001; however, he never made it to the roster. He eventually took his talents overseas and played in Poland, Turkey and France.
“It’s just a really good guy gone,” said Dave Paladino, the victim’s personal trainer. “Basketball was his life, but his greatest accomplishment he told me was his daughter.”