Israeli basketball team pays tribute to ex-player who died after LA shootout
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Israeli basketball team pays tribute to ex-player who died after LA shootout

Former Ironi Ness Ziona and NBA player Tyler Honeycutt dies from 'self-inflicted gunshot wound' after firing on officers during standoff

Tyler Honeycutt, the Sacramento Kings second round pick, 35th overall, in Thursday's NBA draft, responds to a question as Jimmer Fredette, left, the Kings first round pick, 10th, overall looks on during a news conference in Sacramento, California, June 25, 2011.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Tyler Honeycutt, the Sacramento Kings second round pick, 35th overall, in Thursday's NBA draft, responds to a question as Jimmer Fredette, left, the Kings first round pick, 10th, overall looks on during a news conference in Sacramento, California, June 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Ironi Ness Ziona paid tribute to Tyler Honeycutt, an ex-NBA basketball player who played a season for the Israeli team, after he died over the weekend following a shootout with police officers in Los Angeles, calling him “one of the best and favorite players in the club.”

Honeycutt, 27, who played for Ironi Ness Ziona in the 2013/14 season, wasn’t named by local police, who said a suspect was killed from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” after firing on officers.

“We are shocked by the news of the death of former player Tyler Honeycutt, who played in the historic first season in the Premier League and was one of the cornerstones of the team in the first division,” the club said in a statement Saturday.

“Tyler had good relations with the club and the fans, and will always remain one of the best and favorite players in the club. He has a place of honor in the history of the club and in the hearts of all of us. We comfort the family in their time of sorrow. Rest in peace, Tyler.”

Players are for now – Legends are foreverRIP Tyler

Posted by ‎Ironi Ness Ziona עירוני נס ציונה‎ on Saturday, 7 July 2018

Honeycutt’s mother reportedly called the police on Friday amid concerns her son was acting “erratically.”

The Los Angeles police said they responded to a call and upon arriving at the scene were fired at by a man who had barricaded himself inside a residence. There were no reports of police injuries.

When the SWAT team entered the house they found the man “unresponsive.”

Honeycutt began his career at UCLA before he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011. He played for the Reno Bighorns and Houston Rockets before moving to Israel in 2013 to join Ironi Ness Ziona.

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