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Jay Williams
Jay Williams
Position: None
Born: 09/10/81
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
You’ve heard about it. The motorcycle. The crash that destroyed my basketball dreams and almost killed me at the age of 21. But you probably haven’t heard about my addiction to prescription pain medication, which started soon after my accident. That addiction nearly killed me a second time. It began innocently enough: I was in pain, so my doctors prescribed me pain medication — powerful prescription drugs including OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.
Soon, reliance turned into addiction. I wanted to numb not only the physical pain, but also the emotional and psychological trauma of coming to grips with a life without basketball. The medication had vicious side effects, like frequent chest pain, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing and swallowing, extreme drowsiness and more. I am lucky that I found a way to break the addiction, but many millions of Americans aren’t so fortunate. Despite the fact that it’s so widespread, addiction to pain medication is one the most underaddressed topics in our society.
And look, I’m not advocating for marijuana for treating all types of pain or for all types of people, but what I am saying is: As long as pain exists, people will seek ways to cope with it. It’s just a matter of what they seek out. And I worry about athletes and non-athletes falling into the same cycle of dependence on prescription opiates that I did. In this video, I talk about what I believe is a double standard in the way private institutions deal with — and talk about — marijuana.
The book, released Tuesday, was not an easy write, either. But Williams, 34, is proud he persevered. “It was hard for me to work through some of my own issues and also explain myself and my way of thinking back then compared to who I am now,” Williams said in a phone conversation “Everybody has issues in their lives. Everybody has demons they deal with. Granted, my demons might have happened on a bigger stage. But I hope my story can help people find their way out of their own darkness.
Jay Williams: I would be lying if I said no one warned me about motorcycles. They did. But the more everyone told me I shouldn’t be riding a bike, the more I wanted to ride. We all know how that works. I had worked hard to become an NCAA champion, a two-time national player of the year, and the second pick of the draft, and yet I had this team of people around me always telling me what I should or shouldn’t be doing. I wanted — no, I needed — to make my own decisions, to have some control over my own life. The Yamaha R6 symbolized that for me.