The Volume: @Money23Green pays tribute to Adreian Payne.
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According to an affidavit filed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Lawrence Dority said he was “intimidated” by Payne’s size and believed Payne had a weapon as they spoke near a car outside of a residence in Orlando. That’s when Dority said he went inside the home, retrieved a gun, and shot Payne one time. Based on the investigation, the affidavit states Dority committed premeditated murder, and that probable cause exists to charge Dority with first-degree murder with a firearm.
As post-game emotions ran high after Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, Golden State Warriors forward and former Michigan State star Draymond Green told reporters that he and his wife plan to donate $100,000 to a foundation in honor of the former Spartan basketball player who died Monday. Adreian Payne was shot and killed early Monday morning in Orlando, Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Payne, a 31-year-old native of Dayton, Ohio, played for the Spartans from 2010-14 and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors his junior and senior seasons.
“I am going to go home and sit on my podcast and talk because I can pause that and cry if I need to cry. I don’t like to cry in front of people, Green said. “What I will say is, Hazel and I are going to donate $100,000 to a fund in Adreian’s name. I call on my Spartan family, coach Izzo, Magic (Johnson), Jaren Jackson, Miles Bridges, all of my Spartan family, let’s do something in honor of Adrien. Whether that’s naming something on the campus after him, if that is some scholarships for some kids to play, whatever that is, I call on my Spartan family to ban together and do something in Adrien’s name.”
Mark Medina: Draymond Green is going to reflect on Adreian Payne and the Game 4 win on his podcast because of his heavy emotions. But Draymond announced he and his wife plan to donation $100,000 to a foundation in honor of Payne. pic.twitter.com/6hFgGTR4lc
Connor Letourneau: Mike Brown on the death of Draymond Green’s close friend and college teammate, Adreian Payne: “Draymond getting hit with something that impactful. Not only was it tough for him, but we felt it as a group.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Jaren Jackson Jr. on Adreian Payne: “Never want to see something like that happen. Prayers to his family. Definitely shook us all up. Super tough. I’ve already talked to a lot of alumni. Tough man. Saw Dray this morning. It’s tough on all of us… Life man, it’s precious.”
Monte Poole: The death of Adreian Payne is at least the second in Draymond Green’s Michigan State circle lost to gun violence. He also knew former MSU football player Mylan Hicks, who six years ago was shot and killed in Canada.
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Bradley Beal: Rest easy AP 🙏🏽
Karl-Anthony Towns: RIP Adreian Payne 🕊
Zach LaVine: Damn man… rest up AP🙏🏽
Jaren Jackson Jr.: RIP AP . 😢🙏🏾
Tyus Jones: Wow.. RIP AP🙏🏽
Miles Bridges: Rest up AP 💔
Kent Bazemore: Rest easy AP 🙌🏾
Gary Harris: AP5 🕊❤️
DeMarcus Cousins: RIP AP! 💙🙏🏿
Denzel Valentine: RIP AP 🙏🏽🕊. Spartan Dawg Legend 🤞🏽❤️🙏🏽
Shabazz Muhammad: Mannnnn… RIP AP 💔
Former Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne was shot and killed early Monday morning in Orlando, Florida. A source confirmed Payne’s death to the Free Press on Monday morning. Around noon, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced it responded to a call at 1:37 a.m. of a man who had been shot. Payne was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies arrested a suspect in the shooting, 29-year-old Lawrence Dority, at the scene on a warrant for first-degree murder.
Payne went to the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th pick of the 2014 NBA draft, which at the time was coach Tom Izzo’s first first-round pick since Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager in 2006 and his highest-drafted player since Jason Richardson went fifth overall in 2001. Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves during his rookie season and played 107 NBA games over three seasons, finishing with five games in 2017-18 after signing with the Orlando Magic, and averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game.
Orlando Magic PR: The @OrlandoMagic are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Adreian Payne. Adreian was a two-way player that appeared in five games with Orlando during the 2017-18 season, and also spent time with the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
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