Wayne Ellington Jr. 

Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. is on an indefinite leave of absence after the team confirmed that a man shot and killed in Philadelphia on Sunday was his father, the Associated Press reports.

According to the report, police said that they found Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, in the driver's seat of a car around 8 p.m. EST with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead later that night at the Einstein Medical Center.


In a statement on the Lakers' website, Ellington Jr. said that he and his family are "devastated by the news." He learned about his father's death after the Lakers won their game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, Lakers coach Byron Scott said during pregame comments on Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn.

"Driving home, all I did was think about [Ellington]," Scott said. "It's really just very sad news.

"When he's ready, I'm sure he will rejoin us," the coach added. "This is our livelihood, but this is still just a game. … This thing that's happened to Wayne is real life. It kind of puts everything in perspective."

No arrests have been reported in the case, AP reported.

Read more at CBS News.

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