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Son of Former NBA Star Charged with Murder

12/31/2010 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The son of former NBA player Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of a friend -- in an incident his lawyer calls "horseplay" gone wrong.

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel Didn't Know Gun Was Loaded
Nickey Maxwell Van Exel is being held on $1 million bond in the death of Bradley Bassey Eyo. According to police, Eyo's body was found on Sunday near Lake Ray Hubbard (located just outside Dallas) ... but police later determined Eyo was shot at a home in nearby Garland and the body was then dumped near the lake.

Paul Johnson, a lawyer for the 20-year-old Van Exel, told the AP his client shot Eyo when the two were horsing around with a shotgun that belonged to Van Exel's stepfather. Johnson claims Van Exel didn't know the gun was loaded.

Johnson said Van Exel "panicked" and moved the body, dumping the gun in a creek. The weapon has yet to be recovered. Van Exel has yet to appear in court or enter a plea.

The father, Nick Van Exel, played 13 season in the NBA -- most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1993-1998. He currently works as a player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks.

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Robert Arnold    

This is a bitch, **** happens, and all I have to say is that, if his boy was black would it have make a differents. Yes I say due cause white people some, most, not all like to see black kill black. What I say is **** them and all the Elvis Record that that listen to. Things will never change, gotta fight the powers.

1207 days ago
47.

RED    

His daddy was, and probably still is, a little punk! Like stupid daddy, like stupid son!

1207 days ago
48.

Dave    

Gotta be a drug deal gone wrong.
He is using a shot gone wrong killing his FRIEND?

mmmm

Famous Dad.... hidden gun.... hidden BODY? What

Hide your best friend?? I don't think so

1207 days ago
49.

KSneezy    

Yeah, I am sure his daddy still has lots of lute, and he will have the best Attorney that money can buy.

1207 days ago
50.

KSneezy    

Well.... I sure hope he can fight without a gun, because where he's going he will sure have to learn quick!!!!

1207 days ago
51.

Bob Holepit    

I wonder what really happened?

1206 days ago
52.

James    

Provided the story is true, how the hell do you not check a gun to see if it was loaded before firing it at someone you don't intend to kill?

1206 days ago
53.

sco24    

I can't believe anyone would have sex with Van Exel for him to have a son. That dude might be one of the ugliest guys ever.

1206 days ago
54.

BRIAN    

he even looks like a killa!! The cold eyes, the big lipps, the nappy hair OH Yeah he did!!!!

1205 days ago
55.

deshawn    

the world manages to turn everything into a racist matter he should have told them it was a horrible hunting accident it works for vp's...............

really he should pay for his mastakes and mistakes have no color they happen to us all......... muderous intentions know no race we all feel them at one point or another having the common sense to control them is what separates the humans from the animals

1205 days ago
56.

Aya    

No, I believe the guy he shot was of *****ian descent. He was not white. Eyo is a *****ian surname. It's all so unfortunate, despite origin or race of the victim.

1205 days ago
57.

MRjavinbur    

MiAMi DOLPHiNS 2KEEP ALL OF THEiR NEANDERTHAL THiNKERS n PLACE-BUT DEY MUST *** UP WiTH A GRAND MASTER PLAN DAT WiLL WiN Da SUPER B0WL-GENIUS KICK ROCKS?

1205 days ago
58.

MARC    

DASH YOUR AN ASS!

1205 days ago
59.

dan    

When your a celebrity or just plain out rich it seems like u can get a way with anything these days. It says he has yet to enter a plea or show up to court, if that was me i would have already been sentenced and be sitting in jail.

1205 days ago
60.

The Seer    

He needs to come up with a better story. That one is pretty lame and has been used at least 500 unsuccessful times. This killer is going to prison for a very long time. No question what happened here.

1205 days ago
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