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Ex-NBA Star Slams Into Tree, Arrested for DWI

1/5/2010 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jayson WilliamsFormer NBA star Jayson Williams was arrested on suspicion of DWI early this morning -- after his SUV struck a tree in Manhattan around 3:15 AM.

Williams, whose vehicle careened into a tree just off the 20th Street exit of FDR Drive, was in the passenger seat of his black Mercedes when cops arrived on scene -- but witnesses say he was driving and officers said no one else was in the car.

Jayson was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries.

You might remember Williams as the guy who accidentally killed his driver back in 2002 with a shotgun. The jury was deadlocked in 2004 on a reckless manslaughter charge and he is scheduled to be retried.

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iLUVbutts    

this man is a mess

he killed a man and pretty much got away with it and now he can;t live with the fact

he's been self medicating

1701 days ago
2.

Zack    

He could of used that driver...

1701 days ago
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Jomica Man    

New Jersey justice system takes it's sweet ass time for the rich, much like California. We're nearing 8 year since this low life ex pro basketball player killed someone with actual witnesses. They called it accidental, yeah right. More like showing off your power while drunk out of his ass. At least California finally got it right with Phil Spector, though they took around the same amount of time.

Now this piece of crap could have killed someone with his alcoholic stupidity. New Jersey, get off your ass and get this guy in prison where he belongs.

1701 days ago
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InsideHoops.com    

It seems his legal issues will last as long as TMZ -- forever

1701 days ago
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HersheyKiss    

get ur facts straight. was finally retried and sentenced. yes...self medicating.

1701 days ago
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gwb1000    

He couldn't have been too drunk. He found a tree in Manhattan didn't he?

1701 days ago
7.

Ugh    

....another "Rite of Passage" ??????
Note to minorities...you don't have to go to jail, do drugs, do a crime to be cool or get respect !

1701 days ago
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GeneNash_com    

>> The jury was deadlocked in 2004… he is scheduled to be retried.

What are they waiting for, any semblance of celebrity to wear off?

1701 days ago
9.

stonecold    

Why couldn't this POS have died in that crash... He's gonna do more harm than good the rest of his worthless life.

1701 days ago
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zippy    

tmz is starting to look like th e bet channel way to many blacks on it, who cares about these thugs? i sure dont, getting tired of seeing them seems like since the other bet guy got elected they are coming out of th e wood work? racist? never used to be, but all i see are blacks on tv intv ads isnt a good thing to force these thugs down our throats,i wont watch thier shows and i sure dont care about thier lousy street thug so called music,and if there is a product they are endorsing i wont buy it,, they have a much lower iq than anyone else,and besides blacks arent to be trusted at all, for any reason burn you faster than a whiteperson will,

1701 days ago
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markko    

How did he find a tree in Manhatten, other than in Central Park?

1701 days ago
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The Libertarian    

Umm, there is a tree in Manhattan?

Found in the passenger seat, eh? Let me guess, his driver did it. Hasn't that ship already sailed?

1701 days ago
13.

Punkarazzi    

He spun a loaded rifle like a cowboy would, and it went off, killing the limo driver, who then had the gun planted on him by Williams.

1701 days ago
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Leigh Ann    

Someone should pop this guy and Michael Vick. They are both dog murderers and don't deserve to breath. In case you've forgotten or
missed the incident here's a link http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/23/national/main631548.shtml

1701 days ago
15.

Joann    

The police should not only lock his dumb ass up for DWI but but slap another charge on him for stupidity.

Dude is the only one in the car, runs into a tree while driving drunk and has the nerve to slide over in the passenger seat to make the police think someone else was driving.

If it was not for the witnesses who saw Jayson driving this fool would have told police there was another person driving but ran away after the accident.

1701 days ago
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