Richard Jefferson livid with LAPD for approving reward to find his father’s murderer

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Former Clevland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson offered a bitter response concerning the news that the Los Angeles Police Department is now offering a reward for information on the murder of his father.

65-year-old Richard Allen Jefferson was killed in a drive-by shooting on September 19, 2018, with the assailant shooting him from a dark-colored vehicle.

The younger Jefferson had grown up in the South Central area of Los Angeles. After his parents divorced, he and his remarried mother moved, and he eventually played college basketball at the University of Arizona.

One of the likely reasons for the younger Jefferson’s bitterness is because of the history of race-related problems connected to the Los Angeles Police Department, an issue that dates back generations.

The death of the elder Jefferson came less than a month before his son announced his retirement from the NBA after playing 17 seasons with eight different teams.

Cavaliers fans continue to have a soft place in their heart for Jefferson, who was a member of the franchise’s only championship team in 2016.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.