Former Nets Star Jayson Williams Tasered, Put On Suicide Watch In NY

By Randall Stevens  |  04/27/2009

Jayson WilliamsFormer New Jersey Nets forward, Jayson Williams, was taken to a Manhattan hospital early Monday (April 27) for a psychological evaluation after he reportedly barricaded himself inside a hotel room.

According to the New York Post, the 41-year-old retired NBA star was removed from his room at a Manhattan hotel at 4 a.m. by police after officers were called in when he went ballistic and began trashing his room.

Officers described him as "suicidal" and "violent," and used a taser to subdue him.

Williams was then taken to St. Vincent's Hospital for evaluation.

A source said that a female friend dialed 911 shortly after 4 a.m., claiming Williams was under the influence of prescription drugs and/or alcohol.

In 1999, Williams retired due to injuries after nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.

In February, his wife Tanya Young Williams filed for divorce, in which she claimed Williams had once threatened to kill her and their two daughters, then burn their house down.

In court filings, she alleged that Jayson faked both suicide and stomach cancer, and told her he was "going down on white girls."

In 2002, he was tried on charges of gunning down 55-year-old limo driver Costas "Gus" Christofi at his estate in Alexandria Township, NJ, on Feb. 14, 2002.

Although he was acquitted on aggravated manslaughter and other charges, the jury was deadlocked on a reckless manslaughter charge. He faces a retrial on that charge.