Jayson Williams
American basketball player
Jayson Williams
Jayson Williams is an American former professional basketball player. Standing 6 feet, 10 inches tall, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. In 2010, he pled guilty to assault in the shooting death of a limousine driver. He served an 18 month prison sentence.
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Jayson Williams's personal information overview.
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Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving
Fox News - about 1 year
Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.
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National Invitation Tournament
Fox News - almost 4 years
2013_Pierre Jackson, Baylor 2012_Aaron Bright, Stanford 2011_Graham Hatch, Wichita State 2010_Chris Johnson, Dayton 2009_Jamelle Cornley, Penn State 2008_Kosta Koufos, Ohio State 2007_Frank Young, West Virginia 2006_Renaldo Balkman, South Carolina 2005_Carlos Powell, South Carolina 2004_Daniel Horton, Michigan 2003_Marcus Hatten, St. John's 2002_Dajuan Wagner, Memphis 2001_Marcus Hill, Tulsa 2000_Robert O'Kelley, Wake Forest 1999_Sean Lampley, California 1998_Kevin Clark, Minnesota 1997_Robert Traylor, Michigan 1996_Erick Strickland, Nebraska 1995_Shawn Smith, Virginia Tech 1994_Doremus Bennerman, Siena-x 1993_Voshon Lenard, Minnesota 1992_Bryant Stith, Virginia 1991_Adam Keefe, Stanford 1990_Scott Draud, Vanderbilt 1989_Jayson Williams, St. John's 1988_Phil Gamble, Connecticut 1987_Randolph Keys, Southern Mississippi 1986_Brad Sellers, Ohio State 1985_Reggie Miller, UCLA 1984_Tim McCormick, Michigan 1983_Ron Anderson, Fresno St.
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From first-round pick to felon
CNN - over 4 years
Don Lemon talks to former NBA pro Jayson Williams about his changed life after prison in a CNN exclusive interview.
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Williams tries to put fatal shooting behind
The Brownsville Herald - over 4 years
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) -- Jayson Williams wants to walk. After 26 months behind bars, Williams never squanders an opportunity to stretch the legs that once helped make him one of the NBA's most ruthless rebounders. Besides, he doesn't have a driver's license....
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Sr. Justine to be Honored by Catholic Charities
The Caldewells Patch - over 4 years
Sr. Justine Pinto, who leads social concerns and social justice for St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Caldwell, will be honored by the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark on Tuesday, June 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark will be held at the Upper Montclair Country Club, 177 Hepburn Road, in Clifton.  In addition to Sr. Justine, Jayson Williams, former Nets All Star, will share his personal journey and talk about the joy he receives as a volunteer for Catholic Charities shelter for men and women, St. Lucy's and, for its permanent housing for men who are infected with HIV/AIDS, Franciska Residence. There will also be a special guest video presentation by Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert. Tickets for the event are $200 per couple, or $125 per person. RSVP by Friday, June 15 by calling 973-639-6531. Since 1912, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark has provided comp ...
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Atlantic City Man Leads Police on Wild Chase in Norristown
Norristown Patch - almost 5 years
According to reports from the Norristown Police Department, shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, police were alerted to a blue Honda Civic with New Jersey plates driving recklessly into Norristown on Main Street. Officers reportedly caught site of the car, later determined to be driven by Jayson Williams, 29, of Atlantic City, travelling west on the 600 block of West Main and began following him. They observed the Honda swerving back and forth across the yellow lines and watched as it sideswiped several parked cars in the 1000 block. The pursuing officer activated his emergency lights and siren, but Williams refused to yield. The Honda reportedly sideswiped another car on West Main before turning onto Hamilton and sideswiping yet another car on its way to West Airy Street. The vehicle turned right onto West Airy, going the wrong way down the one-way street and snaked between several oncoming cars, striking yet another, this time occupied, car before turning North on Vaughn A ...
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Ex-Net to Bedford Academy Students: Don't Make My Mistakes
Bed-Stuy Patch - almost 5 years
Former Nets star Jayson Williams stopped by Bedford Academy High School on Wednesday to tell students that he’s learned from his past mistakes, and urge them to not go down the same road he has, says the New York Post. Williams was recently released from Rikers Island, where he served eight months for drunk driving in Manhattan, on top of an 18-month sentence at a New Jersey prison for the 2002 shooting of a limo driver, says the article. He blames alcohol for his problems, but told Fox News that prison “polished me up like stone.” Of the school lecture, Williams told Fox News that he just “wants to help other young men have a better future.” According to the New York Daily News, Williams was not invited to the Nets’ final game in New Jersey on Monday night.
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Jayson Williams: Booze was my downfall
USA Today - almost 5 years
The former Nets star says going to prison probably saved him.
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 24, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is accused of listening in on opposing coaches during games. NHL playoffs: The Rangers forced a seventh game against Ottawa. Phoenix eliminated Chicago in six games. The Philadelphia 76ers nailed down the final playoff spot in the East. Catcher Pudge Rodriguez retired after 21 seasons with six teams. Nobody caught more games. He was a 13-time Gold Glove winner. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn't all broken up over the Nets leaving his state. He said, "They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance." 2. Listen Up ESPN has come up with a doozy of a report. New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who's already been suspended eight games in the bounty scandal, reportedly would listen to opposing coaches during games. He supposedly had a special gizmo in his box to he could eav ...
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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Metta World Peace apologizes for elbow to James Harden’s head
WEEI - Sports Radio 850 AM - almost 5 years
Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 7 p.m. (ESPN) NHL playoffs: Rangers at Senators, 7 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (CNBC) NBA: Cavaliers at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (NBA TV) AROUND THE WEB: ♦ Lakers guard Metta World Peace claims it was an accident, but even he acknowledges that the video makes him look bad delivering a vicious elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden during Sunday’s game in Los Angeles. World Peace was celebrating a dunk when he brushed up against Harden and then knocked him to the floor. World Peace was ejected from the game. Harden, who was on the floor for about a minute, also did not return to action. The Lakers went on to rally from an 18-point second-half deficit and win in double overtime, 114-106. “During that p ...
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Former NBA Star Williams Freed From Jail
NYTimes - almost 5 years
Former NBA star Jayson Williams was released from New York City's Rikers Island prison on Friday after serving eight months on a drunken driving charge, officials said.
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Evelyn Lozada Quits 'Basketball Wives' - Long Island Press
Google News - over 5 years
... fiancée of Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Bobcats, Tanya Williams, the estranged wife of currently incarcerated NBA player, Jayson Williams; and returning will be Gloria Govan, fiancée of Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Lakers, and her sister Laura Govan
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US Attorney's Office zero tolerance gun initiative with felon in possession ... - The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
One Flint man, Jayson Williams, faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a felon in possession charge in federal court. Williams, 27, was caught with a gun in March on Kermit Street in Flint. He had perviously been convicted in 2005 of
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ShareBullets: Basketball Wives & Crittenton's Tweets - Truth About It - Washington Wizards Blog (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Then they end up in some restaurant and the estranged wife of Jayson Williams (ex-NBA player who is currently in jail for shooting his limo driver) says to the waiter: “Let me have what you consider to be the best thing here.” The thought then enters
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Zero tolerance policy lands Flint man in federal prison - WNEM Saginaw
Google News - over 5 years
WNEM TV5 has learned Jayson Williams has pled guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm. His conviction is the 16th since the United States Attorney's Office announced a "zero
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jayson Williams
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    In 2012, it was reported that he was writing a second book, an autobiography entitled Humbled, that includes revelations about being abused as a child.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996 Williams proposed during a national halftime basketball game to model Cynthia Bailey. The two later parted.
    Williams was released from prison in April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Jayson Williams was the principal owner of the New Jersey Storm of the National Lacrosse League. The franchise operated for two seasons, 2002 and 2003, before moving to Anaheim, California, becoming the Anaheim Storm team. Due to consistently poor results, as well as its presence in tough markets, the Storm failed to make much of an impression and it became defunct before the start of the 2006 season. In 2001, Williams authored a book about basketball entitled Loose Balls. The book, intended largely to be a humorous recollection of Williams's life in the NBA, was later cited as containing nine separate anecdotes involving his tendency to play with guns, including one where football player Wayne Chrebet is nearly shot and one where the uncle of Manute Bol is threatened with an unloaded handgun.
    He served an 18-month prison sentence and was released in April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was born in Ritter, South Carolina to Elijah Joshua Williams and Barbara Williams. He is of Polish, Italian and African-American descent. His mother Barbara worked for years at Gouverneur skilled nursing facility in lower Manhattan. Williams attended Christ The King Regional High School and St. John's University, both in New York City, and played on the basketball team in both.
  • 2010
    On August 20, 2010, he was sentenced to an additional year in prison, to be added on to the five-year prison sentence for the shooting death of a limousine driver.
    More Details Hide Details He additionally received a $16,433 fine for the damage to the tree.
    Williams was charged January 5, 2010 with driving while intoxicated after an early morning accident in lower Manhattan, in which he crashed his Mercedes into a tree.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Williams' father, Elijah Joshua Williams, died of a stroke aged 76 in November 2009.
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    Williams was arrested on May 24, 2009, for allegedly punching a man in the face at a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He was charged with simple assault. Later the charges were dropped.
    The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported on April 27, 2009, that Williams was stunned with a taser in a New York City hotel by members of the NYPD after reports that Williams had become suicidal and violent.
    More Details Hide Details Upon entering the Manhattan hotel room police said that Williams was visibly intoxicated, and that empty bottles of prescription medications were found around the room. Officers stunned him with the taser and took him to a hospital.
  • 2006
    On April 21, 2006, a Hunterdon County appeals court ruled that Williams could be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge stemming from the shooting death of Christofi.
    More Details Hide Details The court repeatedly delayed the retrial for a series of reasons, such as the State's 2008 appeal of a ruling relating to prosecutorial misconduct at the first trial. On January 11, 2010, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. On February 23, 2010, he was finally sentenced to 5 years in prison with possible parole after 18 months. Williams was subsequently moved on April 19, 2011 to Riker's Island to serve an additional 1-year sentence for a DWI, of which he served 8 months and was released from custody on April 13, 2012.
  • 2004
    In April 2004, Williams was acquitted of the more serious charges against him, but the court's jury deadlocked on a charge of reckless manslaughter.
    More Details Hide Details He was convicted on four counts of trying to cover up the shooting.
  • 2002
    On February 14, 2002, 55-year-old limousine driver Costas "Gus" Christofi was shot and killed at Williams's estate in Alexandria Township, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details Christofi had been hired to drive Williams's NBA charity team from a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania event to his mansion, about northwest of Trenton, New Jersey. Members of Williams's NBA charity basketball team were present at the scene. The New York Post reported that Williams was playing with a shotgun while giving a tour of his home when the weapon fired, killing Christofi.
  • 2000
    In 2000, he married Tanya Young; they are divorcing.
    More Details Hide Details Young was a cast member of VH1's reality TV show Basketball Wives: LA.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Williams married Kellie Batiste in December 1999; they divorced soon afterward.
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    After sitting out the entire 1999–2000 NBA season, Williams officially announced his retirement on June 28, 2000 at the age of 32 after nine seasons.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the injury, Williams was in the first year of a six-year, $90 million contract. In 2005, he briefly came out of retirement to play for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association. In 1992, Williams was accused of breaking a beer mug over a patron's head at a saloon in Chicago. Two years later, he was accused of firing a semiautomatic weapon into the parking lot at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. He was never criminally charged in either case.
    Williams' career came to a sudden end on April 1, 1999 after he broke his right leg in a collision with teammate Stephon Marbury in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Williams underwent career-ending surgery in which a plate and five screws were inserted into his leg.
  • 1998
    Williams also received his first and only All-Star game selection, playing in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.
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  • 1996
    While with the Nets, Williams only earned 12 starts in his first three seasons with the team before finally earning a full-time starting position in the 1996–97 NBA season.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, Williams had a career year, leading the league in offensive rebounds and offensive rebound percentage while also finishing the season in the top five in total rebounds, rebounds per game, total rebound percentage and offensive rating.
  • 1992
    After two seasons as a bench player with the 76ers, Williams was traded to the New Jersey Nets for conditional draft choices on October 8, 1992.
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  • 1990
    Williams was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round with the 21st pick of the 1990 NBA Draft.
    More Details Hide Details His draft rights were thereafter traded by the Suns to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 1993 NBA first-round draft choice on October 28, 1990.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Born on February 22, 1968.
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