During a night of heavy drinking, Jayson Williams humiliated and cursed at a limousine driver before showing off with a shotgun and fatally shooting him, prosecutors contend in court documents filed yesterday in Flemington, N.J.
The new details of the Feb. 14 shooting came in prosecutors' response to a defense motion seeking to dismiss charges against the former NBA star.
Williams is accused of recklessly handling the gun that killed Costas "Gus" Christofi and then trying to make the shooting look self-inflicted.
The 34-year-old ex-player could face nearly 45 years in prison if convicted on all charges, including first-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutors contend they did not engage in misconduct, as argued by the defense.
In yesterday's filing, prosecutors gave the most complete picture yet of what they say happened that night.
Before returning to the mansion where the shooting took place, Williams and nine friends drank $627 in alcoholic beverages at a restaurant, the documents said. Two children also were present, but the filing does not say whether they were drinking.
Tests on a blood sample taken from Williams eight hours after the shooting found a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.11 percent, slightly more than the legal level of intoxication in New Jersey.
An expert for the prosecution has concluded Williams was severely intoxicated at the time of the shooting, with a probable blood-alcohol concentration of between 0.18 and 0.22.
Meantime, Christofi's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Williams. The suit, filed in Bergen County (N.J.) Superior Court, seeks an undisclosed amount, Ken Berkowitz, the family's lawyer, said in a statement. . . .
Former Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown was arrested and charged with writing bad checks at Las Vegas casinos.
Brown, a 32-year-old former cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, was released from jail Monday after agreeing to pay nearly $44,000. He was arrested Oct. 23 on outstanding warrants from Nevada during a traffic stop in Colleyville, Tex.
Dan Bowman, a Clark County attorney in Las Vegas, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Brown made out 18 checks to casinos between December 2001 and March.
Finchem Stands Firm
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem refused to back down from his position on the Augusta National controversy, saying the tour will recognize the Masters as an official event and he expects his players to compete.
That brought a sharp reply from the National Council of Women's Organizations, whose leader accused Finchem of "stonewalling" on the issue of Augusta's all-male membership.
"If I were his board, I would be asking who he works for: Augusta or the PGA Tour?" Martha Burk said. "Clearly, the position he has taken is going to be an apologist for Augusta."
Burk has accused the PGA Tour of creating a double standard by counting the Masters among its official events, even though the tour has a policy not to hold tournaments on courses that discriminate.
In an Aug. 20 letter to Burk, Finchem said the tour does not have a contract with the club, cannot require Augusta National to follow tour rules and had no plans to stop recognizing the Masters as one of golf's four major championships.
"As far as I know, there's going to be a tournament at Augusta -- the Masters -- and it's going to be on CBS television, and our players are going to go play," Finchem said. "What else happens, I'm not going to speculate on that."
Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson dropped the Masters' television sponsors two months ago to keep them out of the fray, leading to the only commercial-free broadcast of a sporting event on network television.
Meantime, the PGA Tour is changing the name of its 50-and-over circuit to the "Champions Tour" with hopes of appealing to a broader base of fans. Finchem said the Champions Tour would have at least three fewer tournaments to keep the seniors from playing the same weeks as major championships and other big events.
The developmental tour will change names for the fourth time since its inception in 1990. What was the Buy.com Tour will be called the Nationwide Tour.
Reyna Is Out for Year
U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna told Soccer America magazine that he will miss the remainder of the English Premier League season with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament. Reyna was injured Monday while playing for Sunderland against Bolton in a league match.
Reyna, a former University of Virginia star, was on the 1994 World Cup roster and started in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
Norman Has Surgery
Magnus Norman had knee surgery in Stockholm and will be sidelined for a month. He played his last match a week ago in the Stockholm Open and pulled out of this week's Paris Masters.