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superkegger
04-27-2009, 03:29 PM
Source: Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AhA4yTNbnfmBOBycX3hVAYc5nYcB?slug=ap-williamstasered&prov=ap&type=lgns)


NEW YORK (AP)—Officers stunned a drunken and agitated Jayson Williams with a Taser at a swank Manhattan hotel Monday morning after reports that the troubled ex-NBA star appeared suicidal, police said.

Police were called to the hotel in Battery Park City in lower Manhattan around 4 a.m. after a report that the former New Jersey Nets star was suicidal, authorities said.

When officers arrived, there were empty bottles of prescription drugs strewn around the disheveled hotel suite of the 6-foot-10 Williams, police said.

Emergency Services Unit police, an elite team trained to deal with emotionally disturbed people, responded and stunned Williams with a Taser, handcuffed him and took him to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Williams played nine seasons in the NBA with the Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers before retiring in 2000.

He was convicted in 2004 of trying to cover up the shooting death of his hired driver Costas “Gus” Christofi at his mansion in Alexandria Township, N.J., in February 2002.

Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter, but the jury deadlocked on a reckless manslaughter count. A retrial is pending. Williams has been free on bail since the shooting.

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

Williams’ manager told the Daily News of New York outside a Manhattan hospital that the athlete was on the mend.

“Jayson is doing fine. He said he was fine,” Akhtar Farzaie told the newspaper. “All of us are here to be by his side as friends.”

Williams graduated from New York City’s Christ the King High School, one of the country’s biggest producers of college and pro basketball stars.

He was a first-round pick in the 1990 NBA draft and went on to become a valuable Nets star. He was named an All-Star and ranked second in the NBA for the 1997-1998 with 13 rebounds per game and a league-high 443 offensive rebounds.

An injury forced career-ending surgery in 2000.

Dude's a mess...

bahama0811
04-27-2009, 03:32 PM
This dude is just trouble. It's something new almost every year.

m26555
04-27-2009, 04:15 PM
His mind is simply discombobulated. It doesn't look like he's ever even going to come close to getting over shooting that driver.

EX-TREME
04-27-2009, 04:18 PM
how sad

_Sn1P3r_
04-27-2009, 04:45 PM
Wow, I really just feel bad for him.

VCaintdead17
04-27-2009, 04:47 PM
That's messed up.

Maximis
04-27-2009, 11:00 PM
dam....cant believe what happened to this guy.

t-mac1nukka
04-27-2009, 11:17 PM
what a waste of talent and life.

grega1976
04-27-2009, 11:26 PM
he should just off himself and be done with it.. dude murdered his driver and got off because of his bank roll... what a Piece of ****!!!!

NBA_Starter
04-27-2009, 11:41 PM
Sad!

JordansBulls
04-27-2009, 11:43 PM
I used to think the guy was pretty cool in 1998 when he played for the Nets. After that that murder messed him up big time.

superkegger
04-28-2009, 12:06 AM
I used to think the guy was pretty cool in 1998 when he played for the Nets. After that that murder messed him up big time.

Yeah, murdering someone will do that to a person.

Jezeble
04-28-2009, 12:45 AM
Yeah, murdering someone will do that to a person.

Yeah, passing judgment on others will do that to you too. Karma, man, karma.:pity:

King Henrik
04-28-2009, 01:03 AM
one of my favorite basketball players of all time. hope all gets better for him.

grega1976
04-28-2009, 01:15 AM
Yeah, passing judgment on others will do that to you too. Karma, man, karma.:pity:

that is the stupidist **** ever.. If no one passed judgement there would be no laws... god damn people say some stupid **** on here!!!

superkegger
04-28-2009, 01:32 AM
Yeah, passing judgment on others will do that to you too. Karma, man, karma.:pity:

I'm not passing judgement. He shot another guy, and tried to cover it up. Not judgement, facts.

DenButsu
04-28-2009, 01:34 AM
Tasers are ****ing evil and really need to be outlawed A.S.A.P. (http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/taser-atrocity-of-day-by-digby-heres.html)

grega1976
04-28-2009, 03:16 AM
Tasers are ****ing evil and really need to be outlawed A.S.A.P. (http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/taser-atrocity-of-day-by-digby-heres.html)

How are they evil? they are non lethal ways to keep things from escalating to the need to use lethal force.. they save tons of lives.. BTW most states require that in order to be certified to use a taser you must first experience the taser...

DenButsu
04-28-2009, 03:52 AM
How are they evil? they are non lethal ways to keep things from escalating to the need to use lethal force.. they save tons of lives.. BTW most states require that in order to be certified to use a taser you must first experience the taser...

This (http://www.alternet.org/tags/taser/) is a good place to start reading about why.

The short answer is, "non lethal my ***", though.