Los Angeles Lakers player Wayne Ellington may have been handed some sense of closure today after police arrested a man in relation to Ellington's father's shooting death last month.
The Lakers were dealt a huge blow when Ellington was made aware of the news in November, with the shooting guard immediately going on indefinite leave as a result of the tragedy.
But on Friday, reports from the Associated Press revealed that a man had been charged with murder. According to reports, that man is believed to 34-year-old Philadelphia resident Carl White.
"On Thursday, Philadelphia police arrested the man believed to have killed Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, father of Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr," the Los Angeles Times reported.
"According to the Associated Press, 34-year old Philadelphia resident Carl White has been charged with murder," LakersNation reported.
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Things have gone from bad to worse
As if things weren't hard enough for the journeyman baller. Wayne Ellington had endured a terrible start to the season with the Lakers before they finally got their first win of the NBA season. But just as he celebrated the Lakers' first win, he was then told of the news of his father's unruly death.
Before the Lakers' first win, Ellington's father had actually sent a text message to his son to encourage him. "Ball hard! Get the first win tonight" the text read. Ellington contributed nine points off the bench in the win, but all of that seems quite trivial now.
The Lakers placed Ellington on indefinite leave, and they issued this statement when they made that decision.
"Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is," the Lakers said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne Ellington and his family right now.