Update: Despite multiple media outlets reporting that Brandon Roy was recently shot in Compton, the Seattle high school that he coaches basketball at is adamantly refuting the story.
“The allegations are false. Coach Brandon Roy is fine,” Nathan Hale High School's senior guard Kateel Barnett told the Seattle Times. “Yes. He’s informed me he’s completely fine.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman confirming to Sports Illustrated that someone named Brandon Roy was one of four people shot over the weekend in Compton, but yet, couldn't seem to confirm it being the Brandon Roy as in the former Portland Trail Blazers guard.
"Mr. Roy and three other black males were standing there when two male blacks shot in their direction, striking all four,” Sgt. Rick Mejia said. “None were life-threatening injuries. I know all four were shot and transported to a local hospital.”
The incident is still being investigated.
Previously: Brandon Roy earned the Rookie of the Year award and was named an All-Star three times before his six-year NBA career was cut short due to chronic knee injuries in 2013.
Now, at 32, the retired shooting guard can add another honor to his name: Hero.
A source told USA TODAY Sports that Roy was shot in the leg near his grandmother's house in Compton on Saturday while trying to shield children from gunfire that erupted.
The former NBA All-Star is expected to make a full recovery, having already traveled back to Washington state, where he coaches the Nathan Hale High School basketball squad in Seattle. Three others shot during the incident are expected to survive as well, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While investigators are still trying to find a motive for the shooting, sources told local KING 5 that the gunfire "could be gang-related." TMZ Sports added that a "group of men" approached Roy and opened fire, adding that "the suspects ran to a getaway car" and took off.
Upon learning of the shooting, the Trail Blazers tweeted out the following statement in support of Roy, who played with the franchise from 2006-2011, averaging a career-high 22.6 points per game from 2008-09.
“Like many others, we’re just learning of the injury suffered by former Trail Blazers player Brandon Roy in a shooting over the weekend in California,” the team said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family during this time.”
Ours too. He's a hero.
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