William "Billy" Knight, a former Westchester High standout and UCLA swingman was found dead just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning on a Phoenix roadway, according to the Daily News. In the emotional video, Billy said: "I am lost in life and I feel like there is no hope..." From many people. I was a taker. "I just ask God for forgiveness for all the wrong I've done".
In the video, Knight issues an apology to his family and friends as well as a damning caution urging those who are depressed not to follow 'his route'. He follows by admitting to a life of sin, discussing mental illness, and apologizing to his family and friends.
"Mental illness is serious", he said. Knight's death came just days after 27-year-old Tyler Honeycutt fatally shot himself during a standoff with police on Friday.
Yesterday evening, UCLA family, myself and others in basketball community were trying to reach out to Billy Knight.
Knight played for UCLA from 1998-2002 and went on to have stints as a professional player in France and Japan. I couldn't obey the laws, I couldn't fit into society, so now I'll take my chances.
Knight cited his religion, saying "I am sorry, Lord", and acknowledged that he could end up in heaven, hell or somewhere in between.
UCLA basketball has suffered yet another tragedy. 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.
Knight was a basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns of the developmental G League in the 2016-17 season.
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley responded on Twitter after learning of Knight's death.