Jay Williams was the number 2 pick of the 2002 NBA draft. The former Duke point guard with his clean cut image and the distinction of being one of a handful of freshman that averaged double figures for Duke realized his dream and made it to the NBA. But it all came to an end nearly 10 years ago after a motorcycle accident ended his NBA career and almost caused him to take his own life.
From the New York Times:
“I remember lying in my bed,” he said. “And I’m just tired of being here. I didn’t want to be here anymore. I was so afraid to face people. And I didn’t really know who I was. And I didn’t really want anybody to see me. And I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to talk about it.”
Williams glanced at his mother, Althea Williams, as he recounted the story. He continued: “I mean, to the point where I sat there, and I had this pair of scissors in my hand. I just kept going on my wrist. I wasn’t trying to go sideways. I was going vertical. I didn’t want to be here. At all