Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DUKE’S JAY WILLIAMS: IT WASN’T ME

So imagine you have the same name and once shared the same career in the highly scrutinized and publicized world of professional sports. Imagine your namesake is a total screw up and you wake up to a headline that says “Jayson Williams Tasered by cops, hospitalized.”

You would be Jay Williams, and that would suck.

The Duke guard who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls only to have a horrific motorcycle crash in 2003, must get tired of former New Jersey Net Jayson Williams making news – bad news.

The Duke version, who tried to come back from his injuries in 2006 only to be eventually leave basketball in 2006 after being released by the Austin Toros, has quietly become a functioning member of society. Williams now is working for 24 Houre Fitness and as an analyst for CBS College Sports Network and ESPN.

The other Jason Williams? Well, besides being tasered after reportedly being drunk and suicidal in a “swank hotel suite?"

Who knows?

Police were called to the hotel in lower Manhattan's Battery Park City neighborhood around 4 a.m. when a female friend reported that the former New Jersey Nets player, who was convicted in 2004 of trying to cover up a shooting at his home and whose wife recently filed for divorce, was acting suicidal.

When officers arrived, the 6-foot-10, 325-pound Williams appeared drunk and agitated, police said. There were empty bottles of prescription drugs strewn around his disheveled hotel suite and several suicide notes.

Officers with the Emergency Services Unit, an elite team trained to deal with emotionally disturbed people, responded and stunned Williams with a Taser after he resisted attempts to be hospitalized.

A spokeswoman for Williams, Judy Smith, had no immediate comment Monday. A telephone call to his attorney Joseph Hayden was not immediately returned.

Williams' friend and manager told the New York Daily News outside the hospital that the athlete was on the mend.

"Jayson is doing fine. He said he was fine," Akhtar Farzaie told the newspaper.

Williams' wife filed divorce papers this year claiming he was abusive and adulterous and had a drug problem.

And then there’s the Jason Williams that went to Florida and played in the NBA for Miami, Sacramento and Memphis when he wasn’t smoking pot…

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