This Story About A Referee’s Suicide Will Be The Most Disturbing Thing You Hear Today
Sure, we're all hopped up on Miami schadenfreude after yesterday's devastating Yahoo! report on crooked former booster Nevin Shapiro. But at the same time, a far more disturbing story with a tie-in to college sports is emerging: a former college and NBA referee, Troy Raymond, killed himself in a hotel room in New Orleans last week. Hours before that, Raymond's wife Leslie Anderson Raymond was found dead in Houston. It could have been the world's most awful coincidence...but obviously, there's suspicion it's not like that:
Constable Tim Holifield of Montgomery County Precinct Three told CBSSports.com that the medical examiner ruled the cause of death a homicide caused by asphyxiation due to manual strangulation.
"We're not prepared to tell you who's responsible," Holified said. "But certainly Mr. Raymond is a person of interest -- and his death brings about more questions than answers."
Does it ever. CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman reported that Leslie Anderson Raymond wanted a divorce, so apparently the marriage wasn't working out, but there was nothing to make people expect that Troy Raymond might take his own life. Mike Wood, the coordinator of men's basketball officiating in the Sun Belt Conference, where Raymond worked several games last year, said the referee "seemed in good spirits" as recently as June, and that the conference "definitely would have used him again this year."
Raymond had a bit of a checkered professional past: he was let go after one season officiating in the NBA when he was found to have lied on his résumé. Still, that's nothing worse than what happened with George O'Leary a while back - this goes way deeper. And if the deaths of Troy Raymond and his wife are related, it gets even worse...and it's already awful. Let's hope at the very least, investigators find out what exactly happened, and bring some closure to a double tragedy.
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