By The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The city of Collierville says the ex-wife of the late former NBA player Lorenzen Wright withheld information from detectives about his prior criminal activity and unknown men who sought him.
The allegations are contained in Collierville’s response to a lawsuit Sherra Robinson Wright filed this summer in U.S. District Court on behalf of their six children, according to The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.lynGW9vD).
The former University of Memphis standout basketball player who later played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA franchises was found shot to death on July 28, 2010, in Memphis at age 34.
No arrests have been made and police officials have said they have few leads. Wright, who was a NEMS Daily Journal Player of the Year while playing at Lafayette High School, was missing for 10 days before his body was discovered in a wooded area in southeast Memphis. The reward fund in the homicide case is $21,000.
In the lawsuit, Sherra Wright contends Collierville police failed to inquire into her ex-husband’s cell phone records or check to see if neighboring jurisdictions had any information regarding his whereabouts. She also alleged Germantown officials failed to thoroughly investigate a 911 call made by a cell phone in Wright’s possession the night he was killed.
However, in response, the city said that for the first time, on July 27, Sherra Wright told Collierville detectives that Lorenzen Wright would “go into the attic” every time he came home and that he had been involved in some “major criminal activity” in the past and probably had gotten back into it.
On July 28, the day police found Lorenzen Wright’s remains, Sherra Wright told detectives he’d made a phone call the last night she saw him on a Trac phone and said he was “going to flip something for $110,000.”
She also told investigators that Wright “apparently took a gun and shotgun with him when he left,” according to court records.
It was also the first time Sherra Wright told detectives about two men she said had come to her house five weeks earlier in a car with Miami tags, looking for her ex-husband.
During the interview, Sherra Wright refused to go to the Collierville Police Department to speak to investigators, court records show.
“It was clear that Ms. Wright did not provide detectives with critical information when she first spoke with them and, in fact, did not provide that information to them until shortly before Mr. Wright’s body was recovered,” said attorney Ed McKenney, who is representing Collierville.
“As to why she withheld it, we don’t know at this time. … But from the detectives’ viewpoint, that certainly complicated the investigation and deprived them of critical information regarding the last moments of Mr. Wright’s activities that evening before he left the house.”
Gail Mathes, who represents Sherra Wright in the civil case, could not be reached for comment. Coleman Garrett, a criminal defense lawyer representing Wright, also could not be reached.
Both lawyers have said previously that Sherra Wright was not involved and does not know what happened to her ex-husband.