Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy was shot in the leg over the weekend outside his grandmother’s house, according to multiple reports. After being treated briefly in Los Angeles, Roy returned to his hometown of Seattle, where he is expected to make a full recovery.
Seattle-area NBC affiliate KING 5 says anonymous sources have confirmed Roy was a bystander during what might have been a gang-related incident.
The L.A. Times quoted Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rick Mejia as saying that two men walked up to Roy and a group of people he was with in the 2000 block of North Nestor Avenue in Compton around 9 p.m. Saturday and opened fire for “no apparent reason.” No arrests have been made.
According to USA Today “a person with knowledge of the situation” who wished to remain anonymous said Roy was shielding young people from gunfire at the time.
“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 Trail Blazers said in a statement on May 3. “According to those reports, Brandon was wounded as a bystander but is expected to recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family during this time.”
Roy, who attended the University of Washington, was the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He won the NBA’s Rookie of The Year award in 2007 and was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team three years in a row. A 6-6 shooting guard, Roy averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game during his career.
Roy spent five years with the Blazers before retiring in 2011 due to chronic knee injuries. He attempted a comeback in 2012, signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The comeback was brief, however. Roy’s persistent knee problems forced him to retire again after five games.
Roy now coaches the men’s basketball team at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, according to ESPN. He received the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year award in March 2017 after leading the team to a 29-0 season.