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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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61.

HeBeGB    

Marc and Dan (Posts 61 & 61), it's YOU'RE ... NOT "your!" Bad English destroys the relevance or credibility of anything you post, so stop embarrassing yourselves!

1387 days ago
62.

Jim "Tex " Evans    

The first thing about handling a gun, you make sure it is no loaded.

1386 days ago
63.

Jim "Tex " Evans    

Now we have black people calling us white people ' Crackers ", but if we call them " ******s" they get all mad. Well really black people don't know what they want to be called. They have the United Negro Collage, NAACP, National association for the advancement of Colored People, Blacks, Afro Americans, i think it's about time they really figure out who or what they want to be called. Catch my drift.

1386 days ago
64.

Rex    

Dash: Everyone makes a mistake sometimes? You mean like horse play w/ a shotgun, dumping a body and ditching the weapon? It has nothing, whatsoever, to do with race. You're hopeless.

1386 days ago
65.

loco_joko    

That crackhead didn't know no better! He thought shootin was what daddy did all dem years!

1386 days ago
66.

loco_joko    

That dude looks like a nappy headed hoe!

1386 days ago
67.

john stamos    

Can you say ******rrr?

1386 days ago
68.

lilly    

Remember when you become famous or not even that start making lots of money - TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN......wow - this happens all the time but if you are famous they will print this stuff and call you out on it -wow - sorry for the fellow that he accidentally dumped in river not to mention that he accidentally shot - this is not accident - just a bunch of foolishness!!!!

1385 days ago
69.

Carolyn    

Horseplay? Why did you move his body? I know you have read or heard about all these deaths regarding a gun, why were the two of you playing with one, know it might have been loaded. It became not an accident when you moved his body. You should of pleaded your case of an accident to the 911 Dispatcher. People this is a wake-up call again to stop playing around with guns. We only have one shot a life here. Once a person dies, he/she will never, never be seen again. Please appreciate life more.

1385 days ago
70.

Sasha    

Guess what? I DON'T CARE about either of those motherf-ers! I don't know them; never will, never want to. So they are rich and spoiled celebrities' kids-so what? If this gangsta(b****)clebrity's kid wants to know the real experience of the hood; he'd about to find out and he'll wish he never took his life of ease for granted like he did. Did I mention I DON'T CARE?!?!?!He got what he deserved.

1384 days ago
71.

TE'JAH    

WOW!!!! WHAT THE HELL IS THE GANGSTA LOOK? FROM THE LOOKS OF HIS PHOTO,HE LOOKS CONFUSE OR I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS HAPPEN. FURTHER MORE IT'S AMAZING HOW WE AS PEOPLE CAN SAY WHAT WE WOULD OR COULD DO WHEN WE ARE IN A MESSED UP SITUATION!! I'M NOT TAKING UP FOR THE GUY BUT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD ACT, FOR EXAMPLE WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG WITH THIS WORLD LOOK HOW PEOPLE GET SCARED! I'M WITH "BY WHO'S JUDGE" PEOPLE BETTER BE CAREFUL PUTTING OUT WORDS AGAINST PEOPLE ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY!!! IT'S FUNNY HOW WE AS PEOPLE CAN JUDGE OR GIVE OUR OPINON (JUDGING)ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE LIFE BUT CAN'T SEEMS TO FIX WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR LIVES OR FAMILY. HELL MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHAT THERE CHILDREN ARE DOING AS WE SPEAK!!! AFTER ALL IF YOU TAKE THE TIME OUT TO HAVE A LOOK INTO YOUR OWN LIVES, LOL, I'M POSITIVE YOU WON'T HAVE TIME TO JUDGE OR DISCUSS NOBODY ESLE MATTERS OR FAULTS!!!!

1381 days ago
72.

treysallette    

people do panic at times. Im just wondering why some of you people quick to say racist comments towards this article, but not that long ago Jared Lee Loughner killed 6 people in arizona...hmmm smh (shaking my head)

1381 days ago
73.

T.Roberts    

I don't understand all the racist and thug commentary.

A 10 year old white kid takes a rifle or shotgun and shoots his mom in the back of the head, when the cops come to the house, they find a small arsenal in the kid's BEDROOM!
Where are the crack/thug comments?

A 22 year old white young man kills 6 while gunning down 20...crack? thug?

No, just two more examples of spoiled @ss white boys who couldn't get things their way, so they do what they've always done...destroy/steal/ruin something.

1381 days ago
74.

bruce    

A comment was placed by Rahiq Syed. This comment spoke of affirmative action in the time of Obama. What affirmative action has to to do with this situation I will never know. If the author of the comments name is really Rahiq Syed, this tells me your a person from another country. Probably, without knowing, a middle east country. Rahiq your ignorance is showing. Whenever you speak of affirmative action, the counter will always be "white privelege". There is nothing more unjust than white privelege. Historically, the non-compensatory slave labor that bolstered this country in it's early days to prominence also is unjust. Your presence here is only because a lot of Black people fought and died to make this country live up to it's constitution and other do***ents that formed this republic. We helped lend more than words to the Declaration of Independence "all men are created equal". You and many others like you need to pay homage to those that helped your american dream become possible. Your a small minded bigot Rahiq. That part of the american culture you have truly mastered!!!

1380 days ago
75.

Knotti    

to Jim Evans...what do white people want to be called thieves, crooks, liars? I ask that because beside both white and black labels on do***entation it questions both races of hispanic/non-hispanic decent. So lets not get it twisted race doesnt make people ****ed up its their choices.

1380 days ago
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