Wayne Ellington Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence from Lakers After Father Dies

November 11th, 2014 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington has been granted an indefinite leave of absence after his father was shot and killed over the weekend in Philadelphia, the team announced Tuesday:  

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement on the Lakers' website. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

The Philadelphia Daily News reported on the circumstances surrounding Ellington Sr.'s death:

Wayne Ellington, a 26-year-old shooting guard who played for Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, was signed by the Lakers in September. His father, who shares his name, was found inside an Oldsmobile about 8 p.m. Sunday night with a gunshot wound to the head, according to police.

The older Ellington died later Sunday night at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Police on Tuesday said they have no motive in the man's slaying and no suspects.

Ellington, 26, is averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds ...

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