Post-game Reactions

It was a tough start to the offseason last week for Terrence Williams. After standing out as one of the bright spots on the Celtics roster late last season, he was taken into custody last week with the disturbing allegation that he pulled a gun during a domestic dispute with his son’s mother and her boyfriend, all in the presence of their 10-year-old son.

Williams was released on bail last week, and there is an important distinction to note that these allegations are simply that at this point, as no formal charges have been brought against the guard yet in Washington, while authorities investigate the charges.

In the meantime, the C’s backup point guard made his way to Boston this week and spoke to reporters yesterday at the C’s practice facility after a workout. Our friend Chris Forsberg from ESPNBoston.com was on the scene and spoke with Williams as he addressed his arrest.

“We all know there’s two sides to every story,” said Williams. “That’s all I’m going to say about that, I’m not crazy. You guys have been around me for whatever 2 ½ months, I’m not crazy at all.”

Later he added, “Before anything, I’m a father. Before anything, my job is to protect my kid. And to be there… Just dropping my son off, and something turns bad. It doesn’t affect me, because I’m a father at the end of the day — no basketball, no NBA, no nothing. I’m a father. I’m fortunate to be here, to be able to work out, to be able to come to this facility and still be on the team now. I can’t let it affect me because the people that are saying the negative things, they don’t really control my life or my future.”

Williams expressed frustration at being portrayed as the villain despite a lack of charges brought against him to this point.

“It’s very frustrating, because I was there, I know what happened, and I know what didn’t happen,” he said. “To anybody reading, and everybody that’s writing these stories, it makes me out to be this bandit — whatever that guy’s name is in ‘Public Enemies’… John Dillinger. It made me be like I was him. It’s very frustrating, because I know what happened, and what didn’t happen. All you can do is pray and move forward. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life when something happens.”

Asked if he brandished a gun during the exchange, Williams deferred to police reports, noting, “I think there’s reports out that say what happened, so if you guys want to read that, that’s available to read. Like I said, I didn’t do anything wrong, and I didn’t do what the next person, the next man, would have [done to] protect himself or his family.”

Where does Williams stand as far as his future with the Celtics are concerned? He spoke about that as well, including conversations he’s had with Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge since his arrest.

“We talked about the future, and I was part of that. Everything else, is between us,” said Williams. Asked if that was an encouraging vote of confidence from his employer, Williams added, “Very encouraging. Because everybody writes a million stories that I’m just this horrible person. Whatever, I’ve been used to that my whole life, for 25 years.”

The big date to watch for on Williams is June 30th. That’s when he earns the first of his partial guarantees towards the 2013-14 season. If the Celtics keep him then, there’s a good chance he’ll have the opportunity to earn a roster spot in training camp next October.

For more from Williams you can check out Forsberg’s full story by heading over to ESPNBoston.com.

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • The Cardinal

    I never understand why public figures feel compelled to respond to direct questions about criminal allegations or alleged poor behavior with "no answer" answers. I'm sure their lawyers – as well as the folks who are pulling for them – wish they'd just leave it at "no comment" and let the drama unfold within the legal system.

    Invoking the ol' "protect himself or his family" line usually means "I got really pissed off over some stupid sh_t and I shoulda kept my cool and either left and/or called the cops myself." I really do hope that he is exonerated of the criminal charges and was just guilty of questionable behavior at worst, but I wouldn't bet money either way.

  • 2cents

    I think that at this point the fact that no charges have been brought against T Will bodes well for him in hopes that everything will be dismissed and that this whole thing will be dropped.

    Whether he did anything or not I learned at a young age that perception is a b!+c#, and can bite you in the ass. Hopefully he gets that and is more careful about the situations he's put in to.

    I'd like to see him be cleared of this and given his fair chance to make the team next year. The C's could use a good back bupg like him.

    Ultimately though, I still say if he had been carrying a basketball that day and not a gun none of this would have happened.

  • Morpheus

    He still didn’t answer the question of whether or not he was carrying a gun. He only says he was protecting his family.This tells me that he was carrying a gun, in so many words. So, fact remains. Why the fuch is he carrying a gun in the first place? He should have known better and as a NBA player he knows the consequences for this.

    I still want him back next season, i think he has yet to tap into his full potential, just don’t be carrying guns around, dude.

    • The Cardinal

      One of the great American debates – guns. I obviously do not have a problem with anyone lawfully owning or carrying a gun – the law is the law despite one's personal views and choices. I do have a problem with someone flashing a gun in any circumstance other than being faced with a physical direct threat to oneself or others. I think we have to wait and see whether the "gun" was used in an illegal manner or the ex, probably knowing he keeps a gun in his vehicle, lied about being threatened with it.

      Again, we don't know what the actual circumstances were other than what's being reported in the media, but as another poster said, "perception is a b!+c#." I hope the gun thing is a red herring – sort of like every time someone is busted at home for anything, "porn was found on his computer" is always gratuitously mentioned in the media reports despite the fact that: 1) it was not child porn, 2) it was not illegal porn, and 3) if I were arrested this moment, you would find porn on my computer as well as virtually every adult male and probably 30 – 60% of adult female computers in this country).

      • swissflix

        like the comment about female computers a lot:) now THAT would be interesting to find out!

  • hax

    His 'breakout' game this season was a 4 point performance where we were impressed that he was the only celtic bringing the ball down the court without losing it half the time. I don't know if he did wrong or not, but the drama isn't needed.

    • The Cardinal

      I sorta/kinda agree, but there is another part of me that recognizes that anyone can become a victim of circumstance (although many people fail to really believe this until some bad sh_t goes down in the their lives or the lives of their loved ones) – even folks who fit a stereotype but for once are not guilty of what they're being accused.

      I say this because of our initial reaction that another kid who has the talent to make it out of the 'hood just can't leave the 'hood-like drama behind. Even if this turns out to be true, the reaction itself is pretty biased, even if it's subconscious. I keep thinking what if a highly respected friend/colleague/relative/public figure somehow got caught up in the same situation, and I'm pretty sure our reactions would be a lot more "let's wait and see – there is just no way he's guilty" rather than "even if he didn't do it, fire him/release him."

      That said, I wouldn't bet on the outcome either way.

  • MontrossDad

    Well put by the cardinal…Boston is not a city- and the celtics fan base, much like the average citizen in the new england area, is not a fan base likely to give the benefit of the doubt to a person of color in this described situation, especially a tattooed nba player purportedly brandishing a firearm…does anyone remember the reactions to the pierce stabbing…embarrassing for a lifelong Boston resident. I’m sure people may bristle at the mention of a racial dynamic, but it’s real; though probably more so for some than others.

    • The Cardinal

      Thanks. Although I can think of a few examples, one that stands out occurred in the 90's when I was an operations manager at a plant. Our facility (like most) had a black and white "no fighting/no violence" policy. Well, it so happened that on 3rd shift – based on statements from witnesses and one of the participants – one employee jumped the other one because he didn't like the way he had been spoken to (stupid sh_t!) and the attacked party tried to defend himself. Eventually the aggressor threw the victim off the dock (only damn loss time incident of the year, but I digress…). Under the policy, both should have been fired for fighting, but thank goodness I had leeweay that allowed for common sense to prevail and the victim was not punished.

      I use this as an example of how one can get caught up in something that on face value means one broke the rules, but anyone who cares about fairness and justice would agree that the intent of rules (and laws) should never be to further victimize a victim of circumstance.

  • pmp

    I hope this issue will be closed. It is because I know what he feels as a father to protect his family.