Former NBA Player Adreian Payne has died

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Former NBA Player Adreian Payne has died

Former NBA Player Adreian Payne has died
Former NBA Player Adreian Payne has died

The sports community is mourning the loss of basketball player Adreian Payne. The Ohio native, who played for the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic during his NBA career, has passed away at the age of 31, Florida authorities confirm to E! News. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a local residence early May 9 regarding a shooting.

“A male in his 30s who had been shot, later identified as Adreian Payne, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” law enforcement tells E! News, adding that the shooter “stayed at the scene and was transported to OCSO headquarters where he was interviewed by homicide detectives.” The individual was arrested on a warrant for first degree murder and transported to the Orange County Jail.

Lawrence Dority, 29, was later charged with first degree murder with a firearm and booked on May 9, according to the booking sheet obtained by E! News. Online records do not yet show if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

Fellow sports star Jared Sullinger Sr. tweeted a tribute to Payne after his death was announced. “Hate the news i received this morning,” he wrote. “Rest Easy to my brother/Teammate @Adreian_Payne.

The NBA also paid tribute in a tweet: “The NBA and NBA G League family mourns the passing of Adreian Payne. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones.

Payne played for Michigan State University before entering the NBA draft in 2014, where he was selected in the first round by the Hawks as the 15th overall pick. Over the next few years, after time in the NBA and its developmental G League, Payne went overseas to play for the Greek club team Panathinaikos.

Just months ago, in Dec. 2021, Payne signed with Lithuanian Basketball League Juventus Utena before severing ties in February. As news of Payne’s passing emerged, ESPN’s Jay Bilas also took to Twitter to honor the athlete.

 

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