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Assault charge dropped against former NBA player

Posted August 19, 2009

— A criminal case against former NBA player Jayson Williams stemming from a Raleigh bar fight was dismissed Wednesday, authorities said.

Williams, 41, was arrested on May 25 after a fight broke out at the Ugly Monkey club, 101 S. Harrington St. Police said no one was seriously injured in the fight.

He was charged with one count of simple assault, but prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor charge.

Williams is awaiting retrial on a manslaughter charge in New Jersey stemming from the 2002 shooting death of his limousine driver.

Williams was reportedly playing with a shotgun when it went off. A jury deadlocked on the manslaughter case but convicted him of trying to cover up the shooting.

During his NBA run, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 19, 2009

    I doubt the "fight" was much of anything. If its two "nobodys" fighting, they get in their shoves and punches, its broken up, and everyone goes their merry way. But because this guy was a fairly well known guy, this little "fight" got blown out of proportion and into a legal matter. Probably would have never involved the police if it was anybody else. Plus, its no big deal. He's got much more to worry about in New Jersey.

  • Just the facts mam Aug 19, 2009

    No reason for dismissing it???

  • beachbum1 Aug 19, 2009

    humm does trouble follow him or is he trouble

  • BigBird Aug 19, 2009

    you did read the article, right?

  • scorekeep Aug 19, 2009

    Is this the guy who, a couple of years ago, shot his chauffer?