Former NBA center Marcus Camby is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed on Friday.
Camby was named as a defendant in the death of his 9-year-old autistic nephew, who drowned in a pond on Camby's property, according to KPRC-TV in Houston.
The suit was brought by the child's father, Marcus Kendall McGhee, who said Camby failed to provide the proper supervision required by Marcus Carter McGhee.
"Camby failed to supervise Marcus while he was at his house. Camby also put no protective measures in place to keep Marcus from the pond," the lawsuit stated.
The lawyer for the child's father released a statement which said "the preventable death of nine-year-old Marcus McGhee prompted this legal action. ... Had Mr. Camby exercised the most basic of precautions to protect Marcus while he was at his property, he would still be here today."
The 6-foot-11 Camby played for six teams over a 17-year NBA career before retiring after the 2012-13 season. He had career averages of 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots.