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Williams joined VICE’s “Cookies” podcast and talked about his playing experience with Barkley. According to Williams, Barkley wasn’t big on running and instead, heckled players during practice while eating McDonald’s. He explained: “Charles Barkley was probably the strongest man from the bellybutton down. Never would lift the weights, but let me tell you something man. You knew he wasn’t going to win the championship. “He was the worst person to play with as a rookie because when you went in you got all the bad habits from him. You stayed out all night and then you couldn’t figure out why you didn’t have it in the game. It’s because when Charles came to practice he didn’t practice.
“I’ll never forget this story. My second day of practice we’re out there running up and down. Charles Barkley comes in about 5-minutes late. He comes in and he has a big McDonald’s bag. And he goes and he sits down on the bike. And like a chemist. You know, a guy over there cutting up lines or something. You know? He’s just making – he’s got his back towards us and he’s doing stuff — I’m like, ‘What the hell is he doing?’ So, he takes the eggs, and he takes the pancakes, the sausage, maple syrup and butter, puts it all in one, wraps it up with the pancake and gets some extra syrup. And the butter’s oozing out. And I’m going, ‘Wow, you going to eat that then and come run with us?’ Hell no. He’s going to eat that while he’s on the stationary bike. Peddling one mile an hour going … ‘Run the floor!’ … ‘That’s why we ain’t never going to win the game!’ And pancake is spitting out his mouth.”
With the help of NBA Hall of Famer and sponsor Chris Mullin, Williams has since sobered up, but he’s still got some stories to tell. Williams took some time away from his mentoring job at the Epiphany’s Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. to speak with Vice Sports about the craziness of ’90s NBA party culture. The New York City native starts off the podcast with hilarious tales that will make you laugh about these 24-hour party people that happens to represent one of the greatest eras in NBA history. He gives anecdotes of the following:
His rookie year during the 1990-91 season about the tallest—and arguably the skinniest—man in NBA history and former 7-foot-7 Sixers teammate Manute Bol “never played sober in one basketball game during his NBA career” because the team wanted him to gain weight, the weird self-mutilation tactics he used to keep track of his own age, and scolding reporters to stop looking at his manhood in the team’s locker.
Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams had another scrape with the law when he was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving after he hit a utility pole and flipped his 2012 Jeep Wrangler in the Town of Delaware hamlet of Hortonville, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Williams, 47, was arrested following his one-car accident on county Route 121 at 11:36 p.m. Jan. 26. He was driving to his home in the hamlet of Obernburg in the Town of Fremont, county Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said.
Former NBA star Jayson Williams — the guy who shot and killed his limo driver in 2002 — was arrested in Upstate NY last week after cops say he drunkenly crashed his Jeep into a utility pole. Officials say emergency responders were called around 11:30 PM on Jan. 26th to a single car crash — and found the 47-year-old in his banged up Jeep. Williams was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries — and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. You can see scrapes on his face in the mug shot. Williams was released from the hospital a short time later.