Jayson Williams Rumors

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Jayson Williams
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Earnings: $63,050,000 ($96,918,525*)
Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams has experienced extreme highs and painful lows in his life. The St. John’s graduate was a 1st round pick in 1990, played in the 1998 NBA All-Star game at Madison Square Garden, and was one of the big big men in the league. But, Williams’ life changed forever in February 2002 when he shot and killed his limo driver in New Jersey. Williams ended up serving 27 months in prison and is now a recovery advocate and the founder of a recovery program called Rebound at Futures Recovery Health Care in Florida.
“I have a disease that tells me I don’t have a disease in being an alcoholic,” said Williams in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I have to wear myself out every day. I’m doing outdoor adventure therapy at Rebound. Through the grace of God, I finally found something I’m really good at. I’m great at helping people beat their addiction. It’s a tough business, but a rewarding business. The hardest part is February 13 when Mr. Christofi accidentally lost his life by my recklessness and the stuff that I did to be a coward that day. That is the roughest thing. Alcohol and ambien was my thing. I have to work on me dealing with my past.”
Jayson Williams was a rich, famous NBA star … but he tells TMZ Sports, his job running an addiction treatment center is the most fulfilling thing he’s ever done. “This is the best job I ever had.” It’s no secret that Jayson — an All-Star who played 9 years in the league for the 76ers and Nets — struggled with alcohol abuse for years, leading to tragedy off the court … before buddies, Curtis Martin, Charles Oakley and Chris Mullin convinced him to enter rehab back in 2016.
A life that once glittered had turned dark and murky. Jayson Williams, the former NBA All-Star, had served time in prison for the accidental shooting death of his driver. He had one legal mess after another. And now he was sequestered at a cabin in the Catskills, drinking himself into oblivion. Then two people who cared arrived at that cabin. One was former Jets great and NFL Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, who brought kindly spiritual advice and hope. The other was ex-Knicks great Charles Oakley, who brought a baseball bat.
The date of that life-changing encounter was Dec. 26, 2015. On Dec. 27, 2015, Williams, who had ballooned to 316 pounds, checked into rehab in Lake Worth, Fla., and he says now he has been sober for three years and seven months. These days, the 51-year-old Williams — who made an estimated $63 million in his nine NBA seasons, according to Basketball Reference — works at his Rebound treatment program at Futures recovery center in Jupiter, Fla., enduring a schedule seemingly designed for someone who lost a big bet. Or, in this case, for a man still desperate to escape the nightmare realities of his life.