Richardson leaves team; brother reportedly killed

Updated: December 7, 2005, 9:10 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- New York Knicks guard Quentin Richardson has left the team because of a family emergency, amid reports his brother was shot and killed in Chicago.

Quentin Richardson

The Knicks said Richardson left the team Monday, but would not say why.

Madison Square Garden Network reported during its telecast of the Knicks' game at Seattle on Tuesday that Richardson's brother was shot in Chicago on Monday.

The Knicks defeated the Sonics 104-101.

His Knicks teammates were given the news by team president Isiah Thomas at the practice, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

"This bothered me all night. It's awful" center Jerome James told the newspaper after leading the team in prayer.

"Out of respect for his privacy and what he and his family are dealing with, we won't comment on any of his personal issues or things that are happening," Thomas told the New York Times for Wednesday's editions.

Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said it is uncertain when Richardson will return.

"We all went to him," Knicks coach Larry Brown told the New York Post. "We all talked to him ... What are you going to say?"

A Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman said a Lee Richardson, 31, of Chicago, died of multiple gunshot wounds on Monday. Quentin Richardson had a brother, Lee, according to the Phoenix Suns' 2004 media guide.

When Richardson was 12, his brother Bernard was shot and killed by robbers.

Richardson is in his first season with the Knicks after playing last season in Phoenix. He is averaging 6.9 points in 14 games.

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