Jay Williams has done an admirable job re-building his life. He was a national player of the year and a national champion at Duke before getting picked No. 2 overall in 2002 by the Bulls. After his rookie year, Williams crashed his motorcycle and was left with such bad injuries that he is lucky they can now be described simply as career-ending. But rather than wallow in the failure to achieve his NBA dreams, Williams subsequently re-surfaced as a college basketball analyst on ESPN and a motivational speaker.
In the past few days, according to his Twitter feed, Williams had been vacationing in the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Pretty nice!
Then, his Twitter feed gave the world this:
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) July 8, 2014
Uh oh. Just when things were looking up for Williams, he decided to sing the praises of one the most widely loathed people in the Western Hemisphere (cut to a shot of the Eastern Hemisphere, going, “Hey, we’re not the ones who foisted him on the world!”)
Now, in fairness to Williams, he didn’t actually say whether Bieber was changing lives for the better. Nevertheless, Williams set himself up to get roasted by the Twitterverse. Even an ESPN college basketball reporter, Jeff Goodman, took a shot:
And Goodman was hardly alone:
— Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) July 8, 2014
@RealJayWilliams slap yoself
— DJ Flight (@Flight1200) July 8, 2014
@RealJayWilliams I just lost every ounce of respect I ever had for you Jason.
— Ian M (@imac12) July 8, 2014
— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) July 8, 2014
Sure, as self-inflicted problems go, this episode will have nothing on what Williams went through over a decade ago. But he might just want to stay off of Twitter for a while.