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Lorenzen Wright Update: Ex-Wife Denies Rumors of Involvement in NBA Player's Murder

Lorenzen Wright (Publicity Photo)
Lorenzen Wright Update: Ex-Wife Denies Rumors of Involvement in NBA Player's Murder
Lorenzen Wright (Publicity Photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS) In response to the speculation surrounding the murder of Lorenzen Wright, the former NBA player's ex-wife, Sherra, has hired a defense attorney in hopes of dispelling rumors that she was somehow involved in his death.

After police combed through Sherra's home Sunday, many people jumped to the conclusion that the 39-year-old was a suspect and there were even rumors that she had been taken into custody.

Coleman Garret, Sherra's defense attorney, spoke on his client's behalf to local station WPTY.

"I just assume it is part of the routine investigation," Garrett told WPTY. "They're looking for clues, they're looking for evidence. They're trying to find answers, and that would be one of the logical things to do, to search any premises where Lorenzen was last known to be."

Furthermore, Sherra was never arrested.

Garret told WPTY that his client does not plan to address the public on or off camera, nor will she be present when he speaks on her behalf.

"We think the best thing for her to do is just take care of her children and maintain a low profile," Garrett told the station. "Until the Police Department and homicide can do their job and maybe they'll give us some answers."

CBS affiliate WREG previously spoke to Gail Mathes, Sherra's divorce lawyer, who said, "There is a rumor out there that she was involved in the killing of Mr. Wright, which is absolutely false." He described their divorce as amicable, and said that Sherra "wanted the children to be involved with their father and she needs or needed his financial help."

Memphis Police discovered the body of the 6-foot-11-inch former NBA player Lorenzen Wright three days after his family reported him missing July 22.