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Veejay Zala, a Chicago police officer in news affairs, was contacted by the Journal Star but declined to offer any more details surrounding the case.
“There’s not much I can tell you about it because it is an ongoing investigation at this point,” Zala said. “If we release details, it can sometimes impede an investigation.”
When asked if he knew why Akinkunle would hold more than $100,000 in cash in his home, Zala responded, “That’s not something we would disclose.”
Akinkunle told authorities he did not know his attackers, who fled the scene in his vehicle, police told the Tribune.
The 6-foot-9 Akinkunle, a Chicago native, played at BU from 1993-98, helping the Braves to three postseason appearances, including the 1996 NCAA tournament.
Akinkunle led the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior. He also was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Akinkunle went undrafted in the 1998 NBA draft but played eight years of professional basketball in Germany, China and Japan, retiring in 2006.
He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. At the time, he was involved in real estate sales and currency trading in Chicago.