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Before He Died, UCLA Basketball Player Billy Knight Was Accused Of Sexually Abusing A Minor

Billy Knight was facing multiple counts of sexual abuse, molestation of a child, and sexual conduct with a minor before he died, court records show.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Prior to his death, former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight was accused of sexually abusing a minor, court records show.

The Judicial Branch of Arizona, Maricopa County’s online case records show that Knight was facing two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse, and two counts of molestation of a child before he died and also state that the alleged crimes took place on April 1, 2017. The indictment was filed on June 13 of this year, according to the Arizona Judicial Branch's online database. Court documents show that Knight entered a not guilty plea last month.

Arizona authorities found Knight’s body on a roadway in Phoenix at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, hours after Knight posted an ominous YouTube video titled “I am Sorry Lord,” which he described as his “last message on Earth.” In the six-minute video, Knight stated that he’d led a life of sin and described feeling hopeless and lost. He also urged others who may be struggling with similar feelings to get help. The video was later deleted.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner has since ruled Knight's death a suicide by “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to ESPN. Knight’s death came after Tyler Honeybutt, a fellow former UCLA basketball player, fatally shot himself during a standoff with police, USA Today reports.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts, free and confidential help can be found by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

[Photo: Billy Knight of the UCLA Bruins stands on the court during the NCAA basketball game against the Columbia Lions at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on December 27, 2001. By Jeff Gross/Getty Images]