19 Dec 1998: Guard/forward Desmond Allison #32 of the Kentucky Wildcats in action during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Kentucky defeated Georgia Tech 80-39. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport

Desmond Allison Murdered: Former UK Basketball Player Died In Columbus, Ohio

Former Kentucky basketball player Desmond Allison was reportedly shot and killed in Columbus on Monday.

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Desmond Allison Killed In Fight Over Baseball Cap, According To Report

The tragic death of former University of Kentucky basketball player Desmond Allison took a sad turn Wednesday afternoon, following new developments in the ongoing investigation. According to police reports, Allison was shot to death as a result of an argument over a baseball cap.

Reports from eyewitness accounts of Malcolm Goff and Tina Underwood state that the argument began as the former Kentucky swingman was talking on his cell phone outside an apartment complex. During the conversation, his ex-girlfriend swiped the hat off of his head, and Allison's current girlfriend -- who had purchased the hat -- began to argue with the woman.

They say Allison exchanged words with one of the women before he and Goff walked away. Later, they say, three men approached Allison and that one of them - a relative of one of the women - argued with Allison. They say another man began shooting.

Hours later Allison died at a local hospital at the age of 31. Columbus Police believe the two incidents to be related, though no proof has yet been discovered. 

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Desmond Allison Remembered By High School Coach

Former Kentucky Wildcats swingman Desmond Allison, 30, was murdered in Columbus, Ohio Monday afternoon. He was killed outside an apartment complex from a gunshot wound to the chest in a tragic crime.

Almost as soon as that news started to make the rounds, former coaches, teammates and many more chimed in with remembrances and kind words for him.

One person who probably knew Allison better than most was his high school coach, former Robinson High coach Scott Wagers. Wagers spoke with The Dagger and talked about what kind of a man and basketball player Allison was before his untimely-passing.

He was the kind of guy that nobody who you were, he'd talk to you and treat you like he'd known you his whole life. He never had an ego, and the dude was hilarious. He could have went on a comedy tour. He was a blast to be around. He was always in a good mood, always laughing and always smiling. A lot of kids get an ego when they reach superstar status, but he never did.

Read the rest of the article for more on Allison.

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Desmond Allison Murdered: Former Kentucky Basketball Player Was 30

Former Kentucky Wildcats swingman Desmond Allison, 30, was murdered in Columbus, Ohio Monday afternoon, ABC 36 News reports. He was reportedly shot in the chest before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. According to the report, the gunfire may have been the result of "an argument between two women."

Allison played for Kentucky in 1998-99 and 1999-00. The Tampa, Florida native played in 67 games, averaging 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He entered the school as one of the top 75 recruits in the nation.

Unfortunately, he had a rocky time during much of his post-Kentucky life. After having to leave UK due to a number of violations, including a DUI arrest, the death of a friend inspired him to try playing college football at Division II South Dakota at the age of 25, where he excelled and began to rebuild his life. In 2007, however, he was jailed for a probation violation in relation to one of his four 2004 arrests.

At the time, he was reportedly pursuing playing basketball in Asia.

For more on Allison and Kentucky basketball, head to A Sea Of Blue.

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