In a Sunday profile in the New York Times, former Bulls guard Jay Williams claimed ex-teammates smoked marijuana before games.
All six players reached for comment denied they used marijuana and emphasized it wasn't a widespread problem on the team. Williams' comments were made in a comprehensive article detailing his physical and emotional recovery from the June 2003 motorcycle accident that ended his Bulls career after one season.
"I like Jay, but when you make blanket statements, you incriminate everyone," said Rick Brunson, currently a Bobcats assistant coach. "You have to look in the mirror first: 'Did I contribute to some of those things?' Your career didn't go the way it should've gone. Let it go. You're doing a great job on ESPN. You should be honored and blessed the Bulls paid you."
Despite violating his contract by riding the motorcycle, Williams, currently an ESPN college basketball analyst, received $3 million from the Bulls in a goodwill gesture buyout from Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson. Team sources told the Tribune at the time that the Bulls also paid some of Williams' medical expenses.
The New York Times story also claimed that teammates never visited Williams during his month-plus stay in intensive care at a Chicago hospital. Three ex-teammates vehemently disputed that, saying Williams and his family repeatedly denied attempts to visit.
A message left on Williams' cellphone wasn't returned. Co-host Marc Silverman from WMVP-AM 1000's "Waddle and Silvy" show told listeners that Williams canceled an appearance because he "didn't want to elaborate" on his allegations.
Ex-Bulls take exception to Williams' comments
Chicago Tribune | Feb 12