Monty Williams Talks Forgiveness at Funeral Service to Driver Who Killed Wife

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016


Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams delivered a powerful message at his wife’s funeral Thursday.

Ingrid Williams, who was 44, was killed in a car accident Feb. 9.

The former New Orleans Pelicans head coach is deeply religious, and he preached faith and forgiveness during the service.

Specifically, he emphasized forgiveness for the other driver, who also died.

Take a look at that part of Williams’ speech (h/t For The Win):

I want to close with this, and I think it’s the most important thing we need to understand. Everyone is praying for me and my family, which is right, but let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well, and we have no ill will towards that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’

We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness. That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. It is very hard, and that was tough, but we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well. So let’s not lose sight of what’s important.

As noted by ESPN, there were several NBA players and coaches in attendance, including Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and all of the Thunder.

LeBron James chimed in after his Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, too:

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This Monty Williams speech. Incredible. https://t.co/puAAxQ8Inq

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