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Jay Williams was selected by the Bulls with the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, after only Yao Ming.
Despite an inconsistent rookie season, Williams showed great promise and gave Chicago a reason to be excited about the future.
Tragically, on the night of June 19, 2003 Williams crashed his motorcycle into a streetlight. He was not wearing a helmet, was not licensed to drive a motorcycle in the state, and was also violating the terms of his Bulls contract by even riding a motorcycle.
Williams severed a main nerve in his leg, fractured his pelvis and tore three ligaments in his left knee, and required physical therapy to regain the use of his leg.
The Bulls legally did not have to pay him any salary because he violated the contract by riding a motorcycle and injuring himself, but they gave the young player $3 million in a buyout, which Williams could use toward his rehabilitation.
Please. Why couldn't anyone just keep him off that bike?