Lakers' Wayne Ellington takes leave of absence after father's shooting death

Tuesday November 11th, 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers have granted shooting guard Wayne Ellington an indefinite leave of absence after Ellington's father was shot and killed in Philadelphia on Sunday night, the team announced Tuesday.

Ellington is from Wynnewood, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. It's unknown when he will rejoin the team.

Ellington and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak released the following statements:

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” said Ellington. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate," Kupchak said. "Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”

The Lakers signed Ellington in September after he was waived by the Sacramento Kings. The sixth-year pro is averaging 7.8 points in five games this season.

Los Angeles is 1-5 this year.

Ben Estes

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