Billy Knight, the former UCLA basketball player who committed suicide last weekend after posting a video saying he 'didn't belong here on Earth, ' was arrested for sexually abusing a child in the weeks before his death.
Knight was reportedly facing over 50 years in prison, if convicted.
Knight, 39, played for UCLA from 1998-2002, averaging more than 14 points per game his senior season before entering into the 2002 NBA Draft where he was undrafted.
According to reports, former Bruins Basketball player, Lorenzo Meta-Real was first to reveal the tragic news, via Twitter. According to Phoenix police, there are no signs of foul play. His cause of death will ultimately be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. In the emotional video, Billy said: "I am lost in life and I feel like there is no hope..." I lied, I cheated, and I stole. "However, the victim's mother told cops Knight violated the terms of his release by contacting her several times and even appearing at her home", TMZ also reported.
Knight, who was facing six felonies, apparently made a decision to end his life instead. I love you more than words can ever define! He follows by admitting to a life of sin, discussing mental illness, and apologizing to his family and friends. I hear voices in my head constantly. Life is not a game.
"I isolated myself from my family members", Knight said. But he said he left "some things" for him, saying it's not much, but it's what he had left. Knight started all 33 games in the 2001-02 campaign, but he never broke into the National Basketball Association, bouncing around the D-League and France and Japan after his college career.
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..."