At least three players on the Seattle high school basketball team coached by former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy dispute news reports that he was shot last weekend.
“The allegations are false. Coach Brandon Roy is fine,” Nathan Hale High School senior guard Kateel Barnett wrote Wednesday in an email to The Seattle Times.
The reports — which surfaced Tuesday — said Roy was hit by random gunfire Saturday outside his grandmother's home in Compton, Calif.
Asked in a follow-up email whether he had spoken to Roy since Saturday, Barnett wrote, “Yes. He’s informed me he’s completely fine.”
Barnett’s claim is similar to assertions tweeted by teammates P.J. Fuller and MarJon Beauchamp, although their tweets have since been deleted.
Roy coached Seattle's Nathan Hale to an undefeated season and state title this year.
Nathan Hale athletic director Darby Haskins referred Times inquiries about the reported shooting to the school system, and a Seattle Public Schools communications specialist on Wednesday said: “We are aware of the rumors and speculations, and we’re looking into it.”
The Times has been unable to reach Roy for comment.
The L.A. County Sheriff's office on Wednesday confirmed that the man named Brandon Roy wounded over the weekend in Compton “appears” to be the former NBA player but added, “There’s no way we can confirm that because we don’t ask those questions.”