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Cops Taser 'Suicidal' Former Basketball Star

4/27/2009 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jayson WilliamsFormer New Jersey Nets' star Jayson Williams is now under psychological evaluation after cops say he was acting "suicidal" and "violent" in a NY hotel room this morning.

According to the NY Post, cops were forced to remove Williams from his Manhattan hotel room at around 4 AM after he allegedly went ballistic and barricaded himself inside -- trashing the room in the process.

Cops were forced to use "an electrical device" on Williams -- aka a taser -- and then shipped him off to the St. Vincent's Hospital for evaluation.

Sources tell TMZ the original 911 call was made by a female friend of Williams at 4:28 AM, who said prescription drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter after the 2002 accidental shooting death of his limo driver, 55-year-old Costas "Gus" Christofi. Williams currently faces a retrial for reckless manslaughter.

UPDATE: Cops say they found empty bottles of prescription drugs in the room. Also, Jayson's ex wife just visited him at the hospital -- followed by his lawyer.

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Ya Think    

Josh, you're a moron. Did you watch that trial? That shooting was NO accident. Pointing a shotgun at another person and pulling the trigger isn't an accident, it's a deliberate action. Whether he knew the gun was loaded or not doesn't matter -- THE ACTION WAS DELIBERATE. Therefore, Jayson Williams committed criminally negligent homicide and should be in prison. Were it not for his lying, manipulating (soon to be ex) lawyer wife d!cking around with the judicial system, that's exactly where he'd be right now. And now that she's divorcing him and telling everything she knows, he's losing his mind.

Jayson Williams is gonna squeal like a b!+ch in prison.

1941 days ago
17.

Jake    

I hope they give him something lethal in the loony bin....

1941 days ago
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p1tey1    

Sounds like KARMA is kicking his ass and its ABOUT TIME!! He murdered that man and he knows it. He doesn't deserve to live in peace.

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