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American pro hoops player in Europe murdered

Oct 10, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

Chauncey hardy AP

UPDATE 9:45 am: The good news is that a suspect has been arrested in the case. The bad news is it makes this even more senseless (if that is possible).

Here is the report via Inside Hoops:

Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police early Monday. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night.

Mediafax news agency reported that Tanasoaia attacked Hardy because he wanted to dance with his girlfriend.

8:36 am: Chauncey Hardy was not a name NBA fans know, but he was one of many American players who have been able to carve out a living playing in Europe after college (in this case Sacred Heart).

Hardy had been playing in Romania, but there comes a sad and disturbing report via Huffington Post (and Eye on Basketball).

Former Sacred Heart guard Chauncey Hardy died after being attacked in a bar in Romania.

Romanian Basketball Federation chief Carmen Tocala told GSP radio that Hardy died Sunday, suffering two heart attacks following his beating Saturday night….

Hardy played for CSS Giurgiu in southern Romania and was celebrating a victory over rival Dinamo Bucharest in Giurgiu when several men were reported to have attacked him.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Hardy’s family, Sacred Heart and those that knew him.

  1. edmazeing1 - Oct 10, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Damn 7 on 1 are u serious, coward ass punks!!!

  2. oldschoolwillie - Oct 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    WTF? Please update with more info. Did they arrest the men? Mafia related? Scary.

  3. asublimeday - Oct 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Disgusting. Hope these guys rot in some dingy romanian prison for the rest of their lives.

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