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Fishman said Traylor’s aorta troubles were discovered during an NBA physical, causing teams to shy away from him.

The attorney also bristled at questions about Traylor’s connection to Martin, who died in 2003 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to launder money. Martin had told federal prosecutors that he took gambling money, combined it with other funds and lent $616,000 to Traylor and other players.

“Any player that came from the circumstances Robert Traylor came from would have taken money from Ed Martin or anybody else,” he said. “He was not a child of privilege.”

Perez said Traylor’s survivors include his wife and two sons.

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Associated Press Writer Corey Williams in Detroit and AP Sports Writer Noah Trister in Ann Arbor, Mich., contributed to this report.