Wife Of Former NBA Player Jayson Williams Files For Divorce, Cites Abuse

By Allen Starbury  |  02/17/2009

2009-02-17 - Jayson Williams and his wife, TanyaThe wife of former New Jersey Nets' star Jayson Williams has reportedly filed for divorce, citing both physical and emotional abuse, and a list of other accusations toward the fallen basketball player.

According to NJ.com, Tanya Young Williams filed a lawsuit last Friday (February 13) on the even of the seventh anniversary of the day Williams fatally shot his limo driver in his New Jersey mansion.

Tanya's lawyer told the New York Post that Williams had caused "violent situations" in their marriage, and even claims she's the victim of "cruel and inhumane treatment," for things such as shattering car windows, rantings, and "instances of physical violence."

In addition to abuse allegations, she says Williams is guilty of family abandonment, adultery, and substance abuse.

In divorce papers filed in New York City and obtained by TMZ, Tanya says Jayson faked both suicide and stomach cancer, and told her he was "going down on white girls."

She is seeking a percentage of his assets, their New York home, sole custody of their two kids, and spousal support, among other things.

Williams played nine seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2000. He is being tried again after a jury deadlocked on a reckless manslaughter charge, stemming from the shooting of his limo driver in 2002.

He was originally acquitted of aggravated manslaughter and other charges, but convicted of trying to cover up the shooting.