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Former Duke Blue Devils star and Chicago Bulls point guard Jay Williams revealed that he attempted suicide after his extreme motorcycle crash back in 2003. Williams also revealed another thing when he was playing on the Bulls, saying that the players got high before the games in his rookie season.
“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said, via the Chicago-Tribune. “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.
“There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’”
The 2002-03 campaign for Chicago wasn’t superb by any means, and it shows by the players’ actions. Chicago went 30-52 that year, finishing dead-last in the Central Division and in the bottom-three of the Eastern Conference.
Williams also revealed that those players took part in gambling.
“They’re playing dice in the back of the plane for money,” Williams said. “Like, we just lost by 30 tonight! And we’ve got a game tomorrow! It bugged me out.”
Williams, now 31-years-old, averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 assists in 74 games that season.
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