Shooting victim not Free's wife

World B. Free, the Sixers' ambassador of basketball, is denying fast-spreading reports that his wife was shot and killed in New York yesterday.

First off, he's not married.

According to a story in the New York Daily News, police and relatives said that Audrey Johnson, 51, was shot in the head in Brooklyn. The story reported that Johnson was Free's wife.

Reached through a spokesman this morning, Free said they had a relationship years ago but never were married.

"While they haven't spoken in quite a while, he does want to extend his condolences to her family and friends," the spokesman said, adding that Free would not speak further about the incident.

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