How many of your favorite ballers are stoner athletes? The number may be higher than you think. Yesterday, the New York Times ran a profile on Jay Williams. You can check it out right here. In the piece, Williams discusses everything from his thoughts of suicide after his career was cut short because of a motorcycle incident to his comeback as one of the top college basketball analysts on ESPN today.
While the whole thing is a good read, one moment that sticks out is a part where Williams reveals that, as a rookie, he was surprised to see the gambling problems and weed smoking that occurred among his Chicago Bulls teammates during the 2002-2003 season.
“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said: “There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’ ”
He noticed the nervous laughter around the kitchen table. “You think I’m playing,” Williams said. “Can you imagine! Guys are gambling. They’re playing dice in the back of the plane for money. Like, we just lost by 30 tonight! And we’ve got a game tomorrow! It bugged me out.”
Thanks to The Big Lead, we have a list of the players on the roster at that time.
- Jalen Rose
- Eddie Robinson
- Roger Mason
- Donyell Marshall
- Fred Hoiberg
- Trenton Hassell
- Marcus Fizer
- Eddy Curry
- Jamal Crawford
- Tyson Chandler
- Rick Brunson
- Corie Blount
- Lonny Baxter
- Dalibor Bagaric
We'll leave the assumptions up to you.
[via The Big Lead]
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