by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Jayson Williams is going to prison.

The former NBA star was sentenced to five years in jail today for the 2002 crime of fatally shooting a hired limousine driver. He will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

Last month, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the death of Costas Christofi on February 14, 2002. He was convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting in a 2004 trial.

A clearly disturbed, dangerous person, Williams drove drunk - and into oncoming traffic - earlier this year. He averaged 13.6 rebounds per game as a member of the New Jersey Nets in 1997-98.

In court today, State Superior Court Judge Edward Coleman went along with a plea agreement that spelled out the five-year prison sentence and the potential for Williams to be released as early as summer 2011.

Choking away tears, Williams spoke out in court and apologized to Andrea Adams, Christofi's sister. He said:

"There's not a day I wake up that I don't feel sorry for what I did to Mr. Christofi and that I put you through this."

He'll have a long time in prison to consider those actions and, hopefully, turn his life around.

by Free Britney at . Comments

Drunk former NBA star Jayson Williams drove across four lanes of oncoming traffic before smashing his Mercedes into a tree after hitting the bars this week.

This according to a witness whose testimony is being used in court against the ex-Net, who was already facing a retrial of a 2002 manslaughter charge.

Guess you can tack a DUI onto his court docket.

Police are accusing Jayson Williams of two counts of drunk driving for his Tuesday morning car crash, which left him in the hospital with a fractured neck.

Williams will be arraigned from bed later today.

The unnamed witness told cops he or she saw Williams get into his black 2007 Mercedes and operate his large SUV "in an unsteady and abrupt manner."

Moreover, "the vehicle crossed four lanes of oncoming traffic and crashed into a tree on the sidewalk." Tiger Woods and a few others can probably relate.

The officer who first responded to the crash saw Williams "bleeding from his face and the that [Williams] had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath."

While he was found in the passenger seat and allegedly said he wasn't driving, witnesses say he was the only one in the car and definitely was driving.

Between this and the suspension of Gilbert Arenas for packing heat in the locker room, the NBA has had better weeks as far as PR goes.

by Free Britney at . Comments

Former NBA star Jayson Williams was partying at an Upper East Side bar before he made like Tiger Woods and crashed his luxury SUV into a tree.

He was charged Tuesday with DUI. The extent of Williams' injuries range from only minor injuries to a fractured neck, depending on the report.

Photos show him mugging with strangers at Aces & Eights Saloon, and a patron at the bar said his friend bought Williams at least three shots:

"He seemed like he was having a good time. Not any different from anyone else. I mean, he wasn't sloppy drunk or falling all over the place."

Jayson Williams was said to be good-natured when asked to pose for photos before leaving the bar just before 2 a.m. and walking uptown.

After leaving Aces & Eights, Williams headed to Bar East a few blocks away, the Aces owner said. The bartender at Bar East didn't comment.

It's unclear where Williams went after that, but at 3:15 a.m., he exited on FDR Drive, jumped a curb and smashed his Mercedes-Benz SUV.

The troubled athlete hit a 40-foot tree near E. 20th Street and Avenue C.

Williams insists he was not the driver, however,  there's both video and witnesses to prove he was, according to law enforcement sources.

In addition to video, there are witnesses who place Williams behind the wheel, despite him being in the passenger seat when police arrived.

Law enforcement sources are confident Williams was the only one in the SUV and no one was seen fleeing the scene. Not good, Jayson.

by Free Britney at . Comments

Former NBA star Jayson Williams was in a car crash last night in New York City, and is expected to face DUI charges after his SUV struck a tree in Manhattan.

TMZ says Williams fractured his neck, while other sources say the former New Jersey Net suffered only minor injuries and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Police say it appeared Williams, whose history with the law is well documented, may have been drinking before the accident at 3:15 a.m. this morning.

Williams was in the passenger seat when officers arrived, but witnesses told police they saw him on the driver's side - and no one else was in the car.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Jayson Williams.

Last month, lawyers in New Jersey asked to be removed from Williams' defense against a reckless manslaughter charge stemming from a 2002 shooting.

Prosecutors in his manslaughter retrial have been in touch with Williams' lawyers and will move to revoke his bail. His first trial ended with a mistrial.

Because his bail is likely to be revoked, Williams, who retired in 2000 after nine seasons with the Nets and 76ers, is in the prison ward of the hospital's ER.

Not a good week for PR in the NBA. By making like a terrified Tiger Woods, Williams is giving gun-toting Gilbert Arenas a run for his moronic money.

by Free Britney at . Comments

Former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams is currently under psychological evaluation after acting "suicidal" and "violent" in a New York hotel room this morning.

According to the New York Post, cops were forced to remove Williams from his Manhattan hotel room at around 4 a.m. today after he allegedly went ballistic.

He barricaded himself inside - trashing the room in the process.

Cops were forced to use "an electrical device" to subdue Jayson Williams - a.k.a. a taser - and then shipped him off to the St. Vincent's Hospital for evaluation.

Sources say the original 911 call was made by a female friend of Williams at 4:28 a.m., who indicated that prescription drugs and/or alcohol were a factor.

Cops found empty bottles of prescription drugs in the room.

Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter after the 2002 accidental shooting death of his limo driver, 55-year-old Costas "Gus" Christofi.

He also currently faces a retrial for reckless manslaughter, and has a looming May 12 hearing in his divorce case filed by his estranged wife, Tanya.

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