Kevin Ellison originally told investigators the fire Thursday morning started accidentally while he was smoking in bed, but under questioning he said he set his bed on fire with a cigar because God told him to do it. He was arrested for investigation of arson.
Ellison jumped from his third-floor apartment to escape the flames and was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.
KXLY reported the 25-year-old played football at USC and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He had a brief stint in 2010 with the Seahawks.
He joined the Shock six weeks ago. Owner Brady Nelson says Ellison sent text messages Wednesday claiming he was Jesus.
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