Call to the Bail Bondsman: Terrence Williams, formerly a Celtic
If you happen to be a Boston athlete up on charges involving a gun, you are dead meat.
Presumption of innocence went the way of pressure cooked bombers when it comes to sports and public safety.
Case in point: Terrence Williams of the Celtics. He’s the one with the smug mugshot.
On a team facing Decimation Row, the street-wise basketball guard and forward allegedly threated his girlfriend/common law wife (they are never married nowadays) with one of his handguns.
He is still awaiting disposition of the case in Washington state and faces time in prison. So, it’s no surprise that the Celtic ownership faced a distasteful option of signing the man to a million dollar contract for the upcoming season, but instead decided to cut him.
No doubt some dimwit owner will pick him up and hope Williams staves off a jail sentence, but suddenly professional athletes with guns are regarded as the latest incarnation of John Wesley Hardin. That wanted poster does not include being sought for a pro team.
The media is shooting first and asking questions later. If you want to be a millionaire athlete, the first step of modern civilization is to divest yourself of deadly weapons.
Though this seems like an infringement of constitutional rights, it has more to do with good business sense.
The most dangerous game nowadays is the player with unlicensed pistols and a habit of flashing them in anger.
Though fans are not likely to be shot by the player at the stadium, a player is more likely to be plugged during his duck-boat victory parade by a fanatic.
Serving as Rondo’s backup is a thankless job, but Terrence Williams has shot himself in the foot and now hits the unemployment team, hoping for a free throw. Chances look slim to none.