Per TMZ: Ex-UCLA basketball star Billy Knight was arrested back in June after officials say he sexually abused a child … and sources say the victim was only 9 years old. TMZ Sports has learned … in the weeks before Knight apparently killed himself, the 39-year-old was arrested and charged with 6 felonies for sexual encounters involving a girl under the age of 15. Officials tell us … Knight was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on June 14. Prosecutors in Maricopa County charged Knight with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child. In court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, prosecutors say some of the abuse took place at the victim’s home — and on her mother’s bed. Arizona is particularly tough when it comes to sex crimes involving minors — and it appears he was facing more than 50 YEARS in prison if convicted on all charges. Knight was found dead in Phoenix in the early hours of July 8 — after posting a disturbing goodbye video (seen below) … in which he admitted to living a life of “sin” and implied he was going to take his own life.
Billy Knight was a renowned basketball trainer after his playing days at UCLA ended and loved by everybody that came in contact with him. That’s why the news of him apparently committing suicide hit so hard. Knight was found dead in Phoenix on Sunday just hours after he posted what looked to be a “goodbye” video. “This is probably my last message on earth.” He went on to talk about his struggles. “I isolated myself from my family members,” Knight said. “I isolated myself from my friends, and that’s not something you should do. If this happens, you probably have a mental illness. Mental illness is serious. I hear voices in my head constantly, and I don’t know where they come from. I just asked God for forgiveness for all the wrong I’ve done.” Officers say, “No evidence of foul play was detected,” but the body has been sent to the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.” In 2001, Knight played in 33 games for the Bruins, averaging 14 points on 46 percent shooting from the floor. He played briefly in the NBA D-League before he ultimately headed overseas. UCLA’s basketball program issued a statement saying, “Our hearts are heavy after learning Billy Knight has passed away.” RIP – TO