Ingrid Williams Rumors
Williams, the wife of former Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, passed away last February following a car accident in Oklahoma City. The court in her memory has been built at FaithWorks of the Inner City, a nonprofit family-centered ministry where Ingrid volunteered.
Williams preached forgiveness and compassion for Donaldson and her family during a powerful eulogy at his wife’s funeral. He said that message hasn’t changed, even after the police report later showed that Donaldson was driving 92 mph a second before impact, with drugs in her system and a dog on her lap. “Well, I knew all that stuff,” Williams said. “I knew it way before the public knew about it. So doesn’t change it, but obviously I’m not happy with what happened and how it happened.
“I’ve never had any bitterness toward that lady or that family, I was more disappointed that it was just my wife and that she had to die so early. That was where my disappointment lied. I’ve said this before, I’m a man who has been forgiven much, and a cornerstone of my faith as a Christian is forgiveness. That doesn’t always make it easy, but nonetheless that’s what I have to do.”
Devoting time to his five children made sense. But why was he so set on working the Rio Olympics? It’s due to something his late wife, Ingrid Williams, once told him. Williams, via Hannah Storm of ESPN: “When I was in Orlando playing – this was like 17 years ago – she told me, she said, “You’re going to be in the Olympics one day,” out of the blue, just unprompted. I looked at her, and I was like, “I’m a solid player, but I don’t think they’re going to have me on the Olympic team.” And she didn’t even respond. She just looked at me.”
The Feb. 20 death of Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams who was killed in a car crash that left their five children without a mother and the Thunder without an invaluable voice on the bench. The March 2 death of Aubrey McClendon, one of the original minority owners of the Thunder who was killed in a one-car accident. The murder of Demetrius Pinckney just days later, the brother of Thunder guard Dion Waiters gunned down on his dirt bike in Philadelphia after an argument had erupted. Every tragedy brought with it another emotional hill to climb, the heaviness of it all more than enough to derail them from the nightly basketball task. Instead, as Durant made clear, they grew closer through it all. And when playoff time came, they channeled it. “Man, it’s just staying in the moment, enjoying everything along the way, embracing every moment – good and bad,” Durant told USA TODAY Sports after Game 6. “I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for us or anything, but it was definitely different.
“It was a different season for us. With Coach Williams not being here – he’s such a huge voice in the locker room – to Dion, whose brother was murdered, just knowing the fact that we weren’t in this (playoff) position last year. There’s so many emotions we try to bottle in, and also let it out when we’re on the floor. And I think guys did a good job of using basketball as a refuge, just letting it out and letting that be a shield for everything and just being yourself when you’re out here on the floor.”