At­tor­ney: Wright’s ex-wife threat­ened

Three gun­men said to have been look­ing for ex-NBA player

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Loren­zen Wright’s ex-wife was threat­ened at her home by three men who were car­ry­ing guns and look­ing for the for­mer NBA player about six weeks be­fore he was shot to death, the woman’s at­tor­ney said Fri­day.

Sherra Wright warned her ex-hus­band, the fa­ther of her chil­dren, about the visit by men dressed in sport coats with weapons tucked in their waist­bands, lawyer Gail Mathes said. But she was fright­ened and didn’t tell au­thor­i­ties about it un­til Mon­day, when she alerted po­lice in the Mem­phis sub­urb of Col­lierville, near her home.

“She was told that if she said any­thing she would be killed, or her chil­dren,” Mathes said. “Mrs. Wright was ter­ri­fied.”

The body of the 34-year-old ath­lete was found in woods in Mem­phis on Wed­nes­day, six days af­ter his fam­ily re­ported him missing. He was last seen around mid­night July 18, when he stayed over at his exwife’s house.

Sherra Wright told of­fi­cers he left in the mid­dle of the night with an uniden­ti­fied per­son. Po­lice records in­di­cate Wright was prob­a­bly car­ry­ing a large amount of cash when he dis­ap­peared.

Au­topsy re­sults haven’t been re­leased, so it’s not clear when Wright died or how many times he was shot.

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