Celtics’ Williams Arrested in Domestic Dispute
Boston Celtics guard/forward Terrence Williams was arrested in Kent, Wash. on Sunday afternoon for allegedly brandishing a firearm during an incident following a visit with his child.
The victim is a woman who told police that she has a 10-year-old son with Williams. The Seattle Times reported that Williams had a scheduled visit with his son, and during the exchange the two began arguing. The woman said that Williams waved a gun, made threats and then left the area.
Police tracked down Williams and made an arrest “without incident” and called the situation “a domestic violence case under investigation.”
Williams was a highly touted prospect heading into the 2009 NBA Draft. The then-New Jersey Nets took him with the 11th pick. He had a strong rookie season but then got into trouble before the regular season even started. He showed up late to practice and clashed with head coach Avery Johnson, eventually earning a two-game suspension and an unprecedented demotion to the NBA D-League.
The Nets then shipped him to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal, but Williams didn’t have much of an impact; only appearing in 23 games over two seasons. He was waived by the Rockets in March 2012 and finished out the regular season with the Sacramento Kings. Williams failed to find an NBA team this season and played professionally in China.
After season-ending injuries to guards Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa, the Celtics signed Williams to a 10-day contract once the Chinese season ended. Williams impressed in his limited role — so much so that the Celtics signed him for the rest of the 2012-2013 season and the 2014 season after his initial 10-day deal expired.
Williams expressed his gratitude to the Celtics and getting a chance to dismiss the idea that his character issues outweigh his athleticism in an April interview with CSNNE.com’s Jessica Camerato.
“I have to prove everything,” he said. “What have I proved? Nothing. I feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m turning 21 again on Draft Night just getting drafted. To me, to be honest, I feel like I have to prove everything.”
For Williams’ sake, let’s hope that this is an outlier and not a preview of a growing trend.