Jayson Williams' Worst Moments: Meltdown of a Former NBA Star

Tim HealeyContributor IJanuary 5, 2010

You can take the troubled Jayson Williams out of the NBA, but apparently you can't take the troubles out of Jayson Williams.

In light of his latest incidentโ€”in which he slammed his SUV into a tree in Manhattan, for which he is now facing DUI chargesโ€”let's take a look at all of his past run-ins with the criminal justice system.

  • This all started in 1992, when Williams was accused of breaking a beer mug over someone's head in Chicago. He did not face criminal charges.
  • Two years after that, Williams allegedly fired a handgun into the parking lot at the Meadowlands. Again, he was not charged.
  • In 2002, Williams went to trial in the death of limousine driver Costas "Gus" Christofi. Williams was accused of killing the 55-year-old when he was playing with a shotgun while giving a tour of his mansion. He was acquitted of the most serious charges, but the jury deadlock on the charge of reckless manslaughter and Williams is still facing a retrial on that charge. He was convicted of four counts of trying to cover up the shooting.
  • Williams wasn't done. Last April, he was tasered by the New York City Police Department after it was reported that he had become suicidal and violent. Police found him drunk in a Manhattan hotel room, surrounded by empty prescription bottles. They stunned him with a taser and brought him to a hospital.
  • Not even a month later, he was accused of punching a patron in the face at a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was charged with simple assault, but those charges were later dropped.
  • In the latest incident, Williams' SUV hit a tree around 3:15 a.m. ET Tuesday morning in Manhattan. Police say his Mercedes exited FDR Drive at a high rate of speed before striking a tree. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition with minor injuries. Witnesses claim that Williams moved from the driver's seat to the passenger's seat after the crash. Police say he refused to submit to a breath test. He was alone in the vehicle.

Just one more incident in a career full of them.