The soon to be called “the Terrence Williams Saga That Wasn’t” just got a bit more detailed. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Williams was arrested in Kent Washington after he allegedly threatened the mother of his ten year old child with a gun during a paternal visitation exchange. While there is no doubt in my mind that Williams actually threatened the mother of his child with a gun (say at the very least he had it tucked into his belt and he lifted his shirt revealing it), Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald has some information regarding his side of the story:
According to court Williams admitted pulling gun. Said he felt threatened when confronted by his son’s mother and her boyfriend….
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) May 20, 2013
Keeping in mind that Williams is 6’6″ and a cut up 220 pounds, the first thought that went through my head was, “how big is this boyfriend and how’s his handle?’ I don’t want to get into a whole gun control debate considering none of that conversation cuts to the core of the biggest societal problem facing the readers of this blog (who becomes the C’s crunch-time scorer if Paul Pierce leaves???!!!), but in the interest of full-disclosure, I stopped thinking guns were awesome when I stopped seeing every fallen stick/branch/pierce of bark as a potential firearm. With that in mind, I can’t for the life of me think of a situation where I would be in a parking lot talking with two people I know and feel the need to pull a gun. Also in the interest of full disclosure, I do not have a ten-year old son* but if I did, I can’t imagine imbedding that kind of memory in his psyche. It’s not like this is likely to be brought up around the Thanksgiving Dinner table while blissfully reminiscing. “Hey Dad, remember when you pulled a gun on my mom? That was fun. Oh, can you pass the stuffing?”
More from Murph:
Ainge denies comment on Williams, but says they haven’t spoken. Williams has yet to post bond, set at $25,000. Spent last night in jail. — Mark Murphy (@Murf56) May 21, 2013
According to King County website, Williams has posted bond ($25,000). Back in court on Wednesday.
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) May 21, 2013
Danny Ainge not commenting at this time is not surprising. There’s still this crazy idea that the accused is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Given my extensive legal background (I’ve seen every Law and Order SVU maybe three times), I’m going to assume he’ll plead out to misdemeanor and pay a fine. Given my extensive professional basketball background (Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Prince Miller were the REAL big three), Ainge is likely to cut bait with Williams.
Assuming Williams’ is cut, this does add to an interesting conversation surrounding the idea of the talent threshold for cutting players for bad behavior. In order words, if LeBron James did this and not Terrence Williams it would surely be a national story but Pat Riley ain’t likely to waive/suspend/discipline him at all. When Washington waived Gilbert Arenas for playing Three Gun Marley with Javaris Crittendon in the Wizards lockerroom, how much was that about trying to get out from under Arenas’ awful contract?
As I mentioned before, I am assuming Williams will be released but it really isn’t a certainty. It really depends on how much the Celtics value Williams’ potential to help them next season and beyond. This type of cost benefit analysis isn’t limited to the Celtics organization either. Even the Indiana Pacers- an organization still trying to scrub the memory of Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson knee deep in a tub of Pistons fan terror- looked the other way when it came to Lance Stephenson’s transgressions.
In case you missed it, here is an except from Stephenson’s Wikipedia page. Specifically from a section euphemistically titled, “Off-court troubles”:
In January 2008, Stephenson was suspended from school for five days and missed two games following an altercation with a teammate. In October that year, he was arrested for groping a 17-year-old inside the school. He faced a Class B misdemeanor sexual assault charge, and his parents ended the “Born Ready” reality show following the arrest.
Keep in mind that the last bit there about the girlfriend and the stairs occurred right after the Pacers drafted him in the second round. He wasn’t even a rotation player at the time. Fast forward three seasons and Stephenson is one of the starting shooting guards in the Eastern Conference finals. When comparing the two situations, threatening someone with a gun damn-near pales in comparison to sexual assault and assault with a deadly flight of stairs. But, it’s also important to remember that Stephenson was 19 at the time while Williams is almost 26.
Williams’ is due a roster bonus on June 30th so we are definitely going to know Williams’ fate with the Celtics by then. Luckily, Williams has this working in his favor:
Williams also denied aiming gun at anyone.
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) May 20, 2013
*That I know of!**
**No, no I don’t.