Remember Jayson Williams, the former New Jersey Nets forward who shot and killed a limo driver back in 2002? Well, it turns out he was never convicted for it (thanks to a hung jury), and has been living his life quietly while waiting for a retrial on second-degree manslaughter charges. Who knew?
As it turns out, living life with the guilt of killing people and the specter of an impending manslaugter trial doesn’t necessarily make for all fun and games, no matter what the OJ Simpson saga would lead you to believe. In fact, if you’re Jayson Williams, living such a life leads to barricading yourself in a New York hotel early this morning and threatening to kill yourself. Say what you will about OJ, but playing golf seems like a better outlet for post-killing frustrations.
According to the NEW YORK POST:
Williams was taken to a Manhattan hospital for a psychological evaluation early today after barricading himself inside a hotel room, while acting “suicidal” and “violent,” authorities told The Post. The ex-hoops great was removed by cops from his room at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Battery Park City at 4 a.m., police sources said.
I’m no PR expert, but I have a feeling this is not a good way to endear one’s self to future jurors and judges. While I hope his obvious psychiatric issues are addressed properly before his upcoming trial, it’s hard to feel any sympathy for someone who took another human life and has, to this point, avoided taking responsibility for his actions.