Terrence Williams speaks about arrest

Terrence Williams speaks about arrest
May 25, 2013, 4:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — It's too soon to say what the fall-out will be for Boston Celtics guard Terrence Williams after he was arrested on Sunday for brandishing a gun at the mother of his 10-year-old son (Williams said he did not brandish the gun at her).

Prosecutors in Kent, Wash. say they need more time to investigate the incident which may result in a second-degree assault charge against Williams - currently free after posting bail set at $25,000 on Monday - that may include jail time.

For now, Williams said he will continue with his plans this summer which include spending time in Boston working out.

That's exactly what Williams did on Saturday while a half dozen NBA hopefuls were also at the C's practice facility working out in leading up to next month's NBA draft.

Being in Boston this time of year, Williams said, was part of his plan even before the incident.

"Before I was put in handcuffs, I was on my way to the airport to come here, to do everything you see I am doing now," said Williams, speaking to the media after his workout. "I'm finally here."

But for how long?

Anything short of being completely exonerated will likely result in some type of suspension and/or fine by the NBA to start the season.

But that's assuming that Williams will be back with the C's which even before the gun incident, was not a sure thing.

Williams joined the C's after a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association, but didn't seem to find his stride with the C's until the first-round playoff series with the New York Knicks.

Near the end of the postseason, Rivers had inserted Williams into the regular playing rotation.

"I'm fortunate to be here, to work out, to be able to come to the facility and be on the team as of now," said Williams whose contract for this upcoming season is only partially guaranteed.

According to court documents, the incident occurred at 1:55 p.m. (PST) on Sunday when Williams was dropping off his son to his mother in Kent, Wash. when she attempted to speak to Williams.

“The mother came outside with her current boyfriend, and wanted to talk to Terrence about some disparaging remarks that Terrence had made in the past about her other children," the documents said. "Terrence refused to get out of the vehicle so the mother started banging on his hood, insisting that they talk."

Read the document, "While seated in the vehicle Terrence pulled out a handgun, stuck it out the driver’s side window and aimed it at the mother,” alleges prosecutors.

Said Williams: "We all know there are two sides to a story. You guys been around me for two months ... I'm not crazy at all."

Williams told police that he did have a gun, but added that the boyfriend of the mother of his 10-year-old son approached his car, and another person approached the driver's side.

"Before anything, I am a father," Williams said. "Before anything, my job is to protect my kids and to be there."

As far as the incident's impact on his time as a Celtic, Williams doesn't know how that will eventually play out.

But he has had discussions with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and C's head coach Doc Rivers.

"We talked about the future and I was part of that," Williams said.

Boston is taking more of a wait-and-see approach with Williams which is in sharp contrast to how they handled a gun-related charge against Sebastian Telfair in 2007 in which he later plead guilty to criminal possession of a weapon.

Telfair, who never played another game for the Celtics, was included in the blockbuster deal in 2007 that netted Kevin Garnett.

Regardless of the past, his own or others, Williams seems intent on focusing on making the most out of his time as a Boston Celtic well aware that his days with the C's may be coming to an end soon.

"As of now, me playing and me putting this uniform on and to come here, I'm going to take full advantage of it," Williams said. "The outcome of it (gun incident), I can't say what it will be or what will happen. Like I said earlier, I wouldn't be here if the outcome was bad."