On Monday afternoon, readers and followers of the New York Post were informed that ex-NBA player Quinton Ross had been found dead. The headline claimed that the athlete’s remains were “stuffed into a garbage bag” and buried underneath a shallow grave.
Unfortunately, it was a different person with the name of Quinton Ross who was discovered dead, and not the former New Jersey Nets guard-forward. The New York Post updated their story about 10 minutes after the erroneous report was released. The victim, who shared his name with the former ball player, was found dead and “hidden in a patch of weeds” in the Far Rockaway beach area.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 24, 2014
UPDATE: Initial reports that body found in the Rockaways is former Nets basketball player Quinton Ross are incorrect http://t.co/B0bYrilviz
— New York Post (@nypost) March 24, 2014
Despite The Post’s retraction, the false news was picked up by several other news sites. The new Post headline now includes a disclaimer stating that their initial reports involving Quinton Ross, the basketball player “are incorrect”, according to police authorities. However, The Post has yet to make editing changes to the original story itself.
How did the Post get this wrong? As I recall, this story had an interview with host mom. http://t.co/jjNktu8esq
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) March 25, 2014
Police are currently investigating the gruesome crime.
Quinton Ross, the player, is a native of Dallas, Texas and earned a degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University. He started his professional basketball career with Belgian basketball team Telindus Oostende, while his career in the NBA began in 2004 with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 32-year-old player then signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008 and stayed there for a year. Ross then moved to the Dallas Mavericks in July 2009, but was traded to the Washington Wizards in February 2010. In July of the same year, Ross was traded for Chinese player Yi Jianlian and cash to the New Jersey Jets. He played a total of 36 games with the franchise.
After Ross’ release by the New Jersey Nets in 2011, he went on to play for the Developmental League in France.
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