Updated 01:49 PM EDT, Tue, Oct 19, 2021

Former NBA Player Michael Wright Found Dead Inside SUV in a Possible Suicide

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Michael Wright, a former NBA player, was found dead in an SUV. It was initially thought to be a suicide due to certain details details in the crimes scene, later Wright's cause of death was ruled to be a homicide.

New York Daily News said that the ex-New York Knicks draft pick was found dead inside his Lexus SUV on E. 16th St. in Midwood at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

It noted that his body was found covered with garbage bags. DNA Info added that the authorities initially believed it was suicide but later on ruled it as a homicide since his head wound was a severe one and could have been caused by another person.

Now, the police are saying Wright could have been killed by a gay whom he met in the dating application Grindr.

It was added in the New York Daily News report that the former basketball player has been missing since Sunday. Two days later, his body was found inside his own car with a skull fracture. The said vehicles was reportedly left in the area since Sunday, according to neighbors.

Despite suspicions that his cousin could have been killed by a man he met on a gay dating app, Randolph Berry said that he was not aware that Wright was a homosexual.

"We don't know anything about his personal life. All we know is that he did damage overseas. When he played ball, he destroyed everyone in front of him," Berry added in the New York Daily News report.

Daily Mail added that his family are still shocked with what happened.

"We are in disbelief. They're telling us it's foul play. His mom is on her way to New York now," Berry said.

The same report indicated that Wright began his basketball career at the Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, playing alongside Kevin Garnett. He later on played for the Arizona Wildcats in 1998 to 2000.

In 2011, he was drafted by the Knicks but did not qualify to the team's roster. But his career did not end there as he joined European teams like Turkey, France and Poland.

A lot of people grieved over his death including UA coach Lute Olson.

"As soon as you think of his name, you think of him as a hard-working and dedicated, conscientious about the classroom, community stuff or basketball - it didn't make any difference. He was a real workaholic as a freshman," he added.

Investigation on his death continues as cops identify the man who killed Wright and abandoned him inside his own SUV.

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