Ex-NBA Player Darius Morris Dead Aged 33

(LibertySociety.com) – Family, friends, and fans are mourning after the death of 33-year-old former NBA player Darius Morris. His family confirmed his May 2 death in a statement and asked for privacy.

One media outlet said that his body was found in a Los Angeles area home, but no additional details were provided. An autopsy of his body was completed, but no cause of death has been announced. A spokesperson from the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office said that the results could not be disclosed due to “additional testing/studies being conducted.”

After an incredible high school career, Morris went to Michigan State University to play for the Wolverines in 2009. In 2011, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to play point guard. He stayed with the team until 2013 when he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. That same year, he played for the Los Angeles Clippers for two 10-day contracts before signing with the Memphis Grizzlies for 10 days. He joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and played during the NBA Summer League. He went on to play for the Brooklyn Nets in December that year but was waived by the team in June 2015. He appeared in 132 NBA games, averaging 3.3 points per game.

Back in February, Morris’s brother Dewayne Morris Jr., and his father Dewayne Morris Sr., were convicted by a jury of conspiracy and bank fraud. The brother was also convicted of witness tampering. His father worked as a supervisor for the United States Postal Service (USPS) when he ordered 10,000 money orders that his son then distributed to several co-conspirators.

The money orders were converted to appear as if they had been purchased and issued by USPS. The indictment said that 5,100 of the money orders were stolen, totaling $5.1 million. They were then deposited into bank accounts and then withdrawn as cash. The lawyer representing the men made clear that the NBA player had “absolutely no connection or involvement whatsoever in the case.”

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