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Former NBA, current college referee commits suicide

Aug 16, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

Troy Raymond Getty Images

There is just nothing good about this story.

Former NBA (and recent college hoops) referee Troy Raymond was found dead due to suicide — a gunshot wound to the head — in a New Orleans hotel just hours after police had found his wife dead in the couple’s Houston area home, according to CBS Sports.

Raymond had spent one season in the NBA but was not brought back after 2004 when it was discovered he lied on his resume (he said he had been an Air Force pilot and had played on Colorado’s national championship football team). He had been refereeing college basketball since then (much of it in the Sun Belt Conference).

Sources told CBSSports.com that Leslie Anderson Raymond had recently asked for a divorce — and Raymond had also been informed by one coordinator of officials that he would not be re-hired to work games next season.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of both Troy and Leslie.

  1. trbowman - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    So he killed his wife?

    • pickyouoff24 - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      I was thinking the same thing but it said he was found dead a few hours after her.. i believe new orleans is 6 hours from houston… who knows

  2. philliphernandez - Aug 17, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Your right Kurt, nothing good about this story. My condolences to the families of the departed.

  3. stoutfiles - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    It would appear so, but let’s not assume anything till all the facts are out.

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