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Former NBA player Jayson Williams released from jail

Apr 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

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It’s a sad story, but hopefully now it is over.

Jayson Williams was an NBA All-Star who seemed poised to have a good career post-playing in the broadcast booth. But that all came crashing down hard 10 years ago when a shotgun Williams was holding in his home discharged and killed his driver, Costas “Gus” Christofi.

Williams was sentenced to five years for that crime (serving 18 months) plus more time for a driving under the influence charge, but he was let out of a New Jersey prison Friday, reports the Star-Ledger.

“I am eager to see my daughters, my mother and siblings and make amends for what they’ve been through,” Williams told The Associated Press through his manager. “Start my life over with God being first and in the center of everything I do.”

Williams was a standout player at St. John’s who was one of the better rebounding big men in the game in the 1990s. He was a 1998 All-Star, but in 1999 a collision with teammate Stephon Marbury left his Williams’ leg shattered and he never played in another NBA game.

He went into the broadcast booth and was a rising star there until the incident where his driver was killed. Williams was found guilty by a jury of trying to cover up the shooting but they could not reach agreement on manslaughter charges. Williams reached a plea that had him spend 18 months in jail. When out, the DUI violated his parole and sent him back to prison for 8 months.

Hopefully now he can put everything behind him and move on with his life.

  1. Jecurb - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Good luck, J Will… we all deserve a second chance.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      He murdered someone no 2nd chance here

      • ericabbcs - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        he’ll get his from the Man upstairs.

  2. backdraft440 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    If this guy was white he’d still be in jail!

    • david8726 - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:19 AM

      You say that based on what?

      Studies have shown that both black and hispanic people receive longer prison sentences than white people (even when the crimes committed and criminal histories of the defendants are the same).

    • jjthesportsguy - May 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      One of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen somebody post on here.

  3. david8726 - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    Hopefully he can make the most of this second chance. I wish him the best.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      I hope someone shoots this POS

  4. tigers182 - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    You can always tell when someone is about to make up stats when they say “studies have shown …”

    • david8726 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      ….. You can always tell when someone doesn’t have any argument when they try to discredit actual academic studies that have been done years ago.

      Do a quick google search. The studies exist.

      Sorry if you don’t like the facts.

      • obamablowz - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        The fact he’s a celebrity and has money is why he got off so lightly….not race.

  5. cttrojan - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Article seems pandering to a guy who has caused a lot of pain and harm. He was an arrogant jerk the night he shot his driver.

  6. muir6 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Yeah it’s tuff being a white males these days, hang in there backdraft lock that trailer tight.

  7. percell1 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Every post doesnt have to be about race damn!!!!!!

  8. 16x8equal49ers - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    It’s crazy 26 months behind bars for killing some one, 5yrs for

  9. 16x8equal49ers - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    It’s crazy he got 26 months for killing a man, meanwhile a person caught w/ crack or illegal posession of firearm gets 5yrs automatically. This Zimmerman case will be the same he’ll spend months not years in prison that’s IF he’s found guilty. “Justice is dead,” Metallica

    • david8726 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      If Zimmemran is convicted of something, he will spend years in prison for sure. That’s because he has been charged with *murder*, not an accidental killing.

      Murder and an accidental death are not the same thing. People routinely negotiate very short jail sentences (or sometimes no jail time at all) for accidental deaths.

      There is no negotiating a short sentence for murder. In Florida, you go away for a minimum of 20 years.

      • texztwister357 - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        I agree, Jayson deserve a second chance, yet my heart felt sympathies to Mr. Cristofi’s family.
        Now, having said that! As for the “Legal or Justice” system in THIS COUNTRY, it need a serious (REBOOT). Because, it fail and falter at distinguishing difference of it’s OWN FACE VALUE!
        “INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY” it allows an individual CONVICTION on depth of their bank account, social status, and YES! “COLOR OF SKIN”.

        And YES! “ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN!” no matter how WEIRD the circumstances. Mr. Williams may have done questionable things, in his past. Some more so, than others, but “WHO ARE WE, TO CAST A STONE!?” For it IS WRITTEN, “LET HE/SHE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!”. After all they’re REALLY are “Two Side To A Story” way too often folk FORGET THAT! Am myself a victim of that, far to often.
        Is crazy how folk post “wasn’t ENOUGH time served!” Let me tell’ya! A day in JAIL IS WAAY TOO MUCH! Let alone a year and a half. A MAN ALONE IN JAIL/PRISON WITH NOTHING BUT HIS THOUGHTS; IS DAMNED NEAR CLOSE TO BEING DEAD!!!! BE IT DAYS, MOS OR YEARS, CAN HAVE A DEVASTATING EFFECT ON A PERSON (with SOME morales).

  10. costant480 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I’m not sure if this guy ever did an honest thing in his entire life. He even had someone else take his college entrance exams so that he would qualify to get a college scholarship. Yes, most people deserve a second chance, but this guy has been a fraud from the beginning —and a first-class A__HOLE.

  11. davidcl77 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    “The gun he was holding went off.” Sure he didn’t purposely pull the trigger? If he did, he sure as hell shouldn’t be walking the streets, especially since the other fellow is dead. He won’t get a second chance. Ask Dwayne Schintzus about this.

  12. dysraw1 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    1 of the saddest cases of human stupidity in my time. however even though this is a terrible mistake that cost another human being their life.we as humans should learn and practice forgiveness.

  13. bababenny - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    backdraft= ignorant

    I loved J. Will as a player even though I didn’t root for his team. I liked him even better as a TV man. Regardless I hope he can put his life back together. I’d love to see him back on TV.

  14. fshouman - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Wonder if Costas “Gus” Christofi was wearing a Hoodie.

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