Posted 02/23/2010 at 01:38 PM
Unless your name is A-Rod, Kobe or Roger Clemens, I don't wish badly upon anybody. And even with those three clowns, I only wish badly for them between the lines.
But with former St. John's and New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams, it's hard not to get some sort of gratification upon seeing him sentenced to five years in prison (18 months minimum) this morning.
And I don't wish prison upon anyone unless they really deserve it. And make no mistake, Williams deserves to spend every day he ends up behind bars.
Eight years ago after a night of hard partying, Williams shot and killed his limo driver Costas Christofi. By all accounts, Williams had been using Christofi as a punch line for his drunken jokes for most of the night.
After he shot and killed Christofi, albeit inadverdently, Williams had the audacity to attempt and cover up what had happened. Most galling, while Christofi was bleeding to death, Williams attempted to place the gun close to the victim so that it would appear to be a suicide.
In other words, he didn't just want to "get away" with killing someone, but he also wanted to disgrace the man's memory by making it seem like he took his own life. Then he insisted that every witness go along with his scheme.
The "plan" predictably went awry for Williams but because of his wealth, he was able to stay out of jail for eight years. Eight freakin' years!
In a New Jersey courtroom this morning, Christofi's sister spoke of "eight years of agony watching Jayson Williams prance around and live his life and acting like nothing happened."
And that's the other thing -- it's not like Williams has been a good citizen the last eight years. Hell, he's been a criminal the last eight months. In May, he was charged with assault for allegedly punching a man in North Carolina. Just a month ago, he was arrested for DUI after crashing his SUV in Manhattan.
Eight years too late, he issued a PATHETIC apology to the Christofi family in which he said he'd "continue to make positive contributions to society."
Continue? Are you even serious? You kill someone, wait eight years to face the music and apologize and in asking for forgiveness, you make a statement about you CONTINUING to make positive contributions to society?
What the hell was he smoking before he got to court today? How could he even have the nerve to ask for forgiveness after acting for eight years like he wasn't sorry and didn't need to apologize?
Some people just don't get it, I guess. Go away, Jayson Williams, just go away.