Malik Sealy (February 1,
1970 – May 20, 2000) was an American professional
basketball player, active from 1992 until
his death in an automobile
accident at the age of 30.
Sealy played eight seasons in
the National Basketball
(NBA) for the Indiana
, Los Angeles
, Detroit Pistons
York, Sealy was named after noted African-American social activist Malik
Shabazz — better known as Malcolm X — for whom Sealy's father
had been a bodyguard. Sealy played college basketball at St. John's
University and was selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 14th overall pick of
the 1992 NBA Draft.
Over the course of his NBA career, Sealy averaged 10.1 points per
game in 23.8 minutes. His final season's highlights included his
making a game-winning reverse putback shot at the buzzer against
the Orlando Magic
on December 29, 1999
which gave the Timberwolves a 107-105 road win. He also made a
game-winning 3-pointer off the glass as time expired in a 101-100
Timberwolves win over the Indiana
on January 17, 2000.
Sealy was also an aspiring actor, and had a major part as the
talented but selfish basketball player 'Stacey Patton' in the
1996 motion picture Eddie
starring Whoopi Goldberg
. He also made appearances on
TV shows such as The
. In addition to this, Sealy designed ties and
clothing and owned "Malik Sealy XXI, Inc."
killed in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on May 20, 2000. He was driving home
from a birthday celebration for teammate and best friend Kevin Garnett in downtown Minneapolis when his sport
utility vehicle was struck by a pickup truck traveling the
wrong way down the highway.
The truck was driven by
43-year-old Souksangouane Phengsene who survived the accident with
head and chest injuries. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.
deployed, but Sealy's SUV
did not have one.
Blood tests indicated that at the time of the accident, Phengsene
had been driving drunk; his blood
was 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit in
Minnesota. He plead guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter
, was given a
four-year prison term, and was released from prison in 2003.
Although his plea bargain
death had not included a conviction specifically on the charge of
driving while intoxicated
Phengsene had been convicted of drunken driving in a separate
incident three years prior to his fatal collision with Sealy. After
his release from prison, Phengsene was convicted of drunken driving
in a new incident in 2006. After serving a year in a workhouse on
that conviction, he was freed and then was arrested and convicted
of drunken driving yet again in 2008. This latest conviction
garnered him an eight-year prison sentence.
In Sealy's honor, the Minnesota
retired his #2 jersey.  Kevin Garnett
also paid a tribute to him, having written "2MALIK" in the inside
of the tongue on the Adidas
Garnett 3 shoes.
buried in Ferncliff
Cemetery, the same cemetery as the slain civil rights leader
for whom he was named.
Sealy is mentioned by rapper AZ
song The Flyest from the Nas
with the lyrics "Feel me, I'm
loved like the great late Malik Sealy."
Sealy is also mentioned by rap duo Gang
in their song "Eulogy" from the album "The Ownerz
" with the lyrics "Korey Stringer
, Malik Sealy, Boostin Kev,
Edward Star, Nina Simone, Ann Jones "Rest in peace".
- T'wolves' Sealy dies in car crash
- Sealy dies in collision with pickup truck, May 22,
- " Malik Sealy's killer admits drinking 8 beers before
latest arrest", Minneapolis Star
- http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3366023 ESPN -
Drunken driver convicted in Sealy's death sentenced to eight