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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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All of this malarky about his father, if your child did something you would do what you could to protect them. Now besides that the ignorant comments regarding race; what did you all say when the white boy in Arizona was shooting Saturday or how smart is white people if they live in community college for 5 years then decide to kill a judge attempt to murder a Senator. Some of you all need a reality check so when your white kids grow up and do simple things and you wonder why...blast how their white honkified cracker ass is ignorant.

1377 days ago


Everyone has their take........99%, in POOR taste!!! Grow up and be up front with no prejudice.

1377 days ago


what the hell does obama have to do with this, always trying to blame him for everything, yall muther****ers been getting away with murder for centurys but its obamas fault, and this country was ****ed before anybody ever heard of obama,if they let him fix it he probaly could *******s

1377 days ago


First the damn crazy honkey white people shooting everyone, now this idiot, and we all know about the dirty muslims. World is shot to ****

1377 days ago


if and when an accident of this magnatude occurs 4give me if i spell something wrong you should call t i he authorities right away i agree with the other writer i guess you accidently took his body elsewhere and dumped it....no such thing

1372 days ago
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