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Bison Dele (April 6, 1969 - July 2002?), formerly known as Brian Carson Williams, was a professional basketball player who finished his career as a center for the NBA's Detroit Pistons. He is believed to have been murdered at sea by his brother in 2002.
Dele, born in Fresno, California and known as Brian Williams until 1998, started his collegiate basketball career at the University of Maryland, playing there for one year. He sat out the next season while transferring to Arizona. After playing for two seasons at Arizona, he was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He saw limited action during two seasons in Orlando.
After playing for Orlando, Williams joined the Denver Nuggets, for whom he played for two seasons. In 1993-1994, he played a career-high 80 games and averaged 8.0 points per game. He subsequently played one year for the Los Angeles Clippers, earning increased playing time and averaging 15.8 points per game. He then was part of one of the Chicago Bulls' championship teams in 1996-1997 but was limited to only 9 games that year. He finished his career with two seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he set career highs of 16.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 1997-1998. He changed his name to Bison Dele in 1998 and played his final season under that name.
Dele, who was known for his eccentric behavior, retired from the NBA in an equally perplexing fashion. He retired before the start of the 1999-2000 season at age 30, when he was still in the prime of his career. He had been the Pistons' highest-paid player, but had strained relationships with the organization and decided to walk away from the remaining five years and $36.45 million on his contract rather than be traded. 
Disappearance in the South Pacific
In July 2002, Dele and his girlfriend, Serena Karlan, went to the South Pacific Ocean along with skipper Bertrand Saldo on his catamaran, the Hakuna Matata. Dele's brother, Miles Dabord (born Kevin Williams), was the only person involved in the voyage who was seen or heard from after July 8, when the party was in Tahiti. Dele and his girlfriend had previously kept regular contact with their banks and family members. On July 20, Dabord was by himself when he brought the boat into Tahiti. 
On September 5, police used a sting operation organized by Dele's family and friends to detain Dabord in Phoenix, Arizona. Dabord had forged his brother's signature in order to buy $152,000 worth of gold under his brother's name. He used Dele's passport as identification.  Mexican police later found that Dabord had been staying at a hotel in Tijuana, Mexico. Two days before, the Hakuna Matata, which had been registered in Tahiti under another name, was found off the coast of Tahiti with its name plate removed and some possible bullet holes patched. About the same time, Dabord called Patricia Phillips, the mother of Dabord and Dele, telling her that he would never hurt his brother and that he could not survive in prison. 
The FBI, which did not usually handle missing-persons cases, became involved in the investigation regarding Dele. However, the FBI and French authorities became involved in the case and concluded that Dele and Karlan were probably killed, and then thrown overboard, by Dabord. Given that they were thrown overboard in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it would be highly unlikely that their bodies would ever be found. 
Dabord, the only major source of information regarding the case, slipped into a coma and later died on September 25, 2002. After Dabord's death, officials did not expect to find much more regarding the case. A memorial service was then held for both Dabord and Dele.
Dabord and Dele were frequently at odds with each other. After Dabord's death, Dabord's lawyer was questioned regarding Dabord but gave little information about what happened. Dabord had said that he knew for sure that Dele and Karlan were in French Polynesia, but not much more other than that he was trying to help Dele. 
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