Matt Williams rear-ended in car accident during radio interview (updated)

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams continued to talk baseball during a live radio interview with "The Sports Junkies" after he was rear-ended by a car involved in a high-speed chase Wednesday. (106.7 The Fan WJFK-FM)

Four years ago, Chris Cooley was pulled over by police for drifting out of his lane during an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Junkies. Last year, Clinton Portis was pulled over by police for speeding during an interview with the same station. Brooks Laich and John Feinstein also had on-air incidents in recent years.

But those interviews were joyous larks compared to Wednesday morning’s excitement. Nats manager Matt Williams — who appears with the Junkies every Wednesday morning — was involved in an actual car accident during his interview. He was, apparently, not at fault. And he narrated the entire ordeal for the station, while on the air.

“Sorry guys, I just had an accident,” he said, in the middle of baseball talk. “I’ve got a police officer behind me. This guy’s gonna try to escape. The guy’s running. He just ran right into the back of me. I just got rear-ended by a guy in a car. Hold on. This guy’s crashing into people,”

The Junkies asked him if he was ok.

“Yeah. I’m good,” Williams said, and then answered more questions about what happened. “There was a police car behind me and a guy in a car and he tried to get by me and he just smoked me. I’m almost to the ballpark. He tried to get out of his car and then he got around me [in his car] and now they’re chasing him.”

Williams explained that officers were in their vehicles, and the guy they were chasing was back in his car, and the manager was looking at his wrecked Tahoe.

“My rear end is gone now,” he said. “The cops are gone, they’re chasing him. That’s the strangest thing I’ve ever been a part of right there. The guy behind me was trying to get out of his car, they had him wedged in. And then he got around me, he hit another car going by him. …We’ve got a helicopter overhead right now. Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable.”

He paused.

“So what about baseball?” he asked.

If anyone had any doubts about Williams remaining calm under pressure, this should probably help.

(Many thanks to 106.7 The Fan for providing the audio.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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