NBA Star Opens Up About Suicide Attempt And Smoking Weed Before Games
Once the #2 overall pick in the NBA draft finally comes clean about his suicide attempt and Bulls smoking weed before games.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Just goes to show that no one is immune to hard times, but it is great to see this baller back on his feet and doing great.
Jay Williams was a young man you appeared to have it all. He was a NCAA champion with the Duke Blue Devils and the #2 overall pick in the NBA draft. Yet, after just one season with the Chicago Bulls where he averaged 9.5 PPG and 4.7 APG, Williams attempted a very gruesome suicide.
Williams recently opened up to the New York Times about this incident stating, “I remember lying in my bed. And I’m just tired of being here. I didn’t want to be here anymore. I was so afraid to face people. And I didn’t really know who I was. And I didn’t really want anybody to see me. And I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to talk about it. I mean, to the point where I sat there, and I had this pair of scissors in my hand. I just kept going on my wrist. I wasn’t trying to go sideways. I was going vertical. I didn’t want to be here. At all.”
“That was the lowest point in my life,” Williams said. “And if I had more time, if the scissors weren’t dull, I think I would have followed through with it. I can’t say for sure. But I was leaning toward that.”
Williams had suffered career ending motorcycle injury shorting before the suicide where he sustained a total knee dislocation, a disclocated pelvis, a torn nerve in his left foot, a severed artery, and a torn hamstring from the bone. The former NCAA champion has had over 10 surgical procedures on his injured leg since that fateful crash in June 2003.you smell popcorn?’ ”
When discussing the difficulty to adapt to the NBA game Williams stated, “I didn’t know how to handle it at first. I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said: “There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do
Currently, Williams is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He attempted an NBA comeback in 2006, but was unable to regain his elite form.