The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they have granted guard Wayne Ellington an indefinite leave of absence following the shooting death of his father on Sunday.
The Lakers released a statement regarding the tragedy:
Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”
Additionally, Ellington himself released his own statement regarding the matter:
My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” said Ellington. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”
There is no timetable regarding when Ellington will return as he will take as long as necessary to deal with the incident.
Lakers Nation offers their condolences to Wayne Ellington and the entire Ellington family.