Celtics’ Terrence Williams talks about arrest

Terrence Williams is free on $25,000 bail while prosecutors investigate allegations of second-degree domestic assault against Williams.
Terrence Williams is free on $25,000 bail while prosecutors investigate allegations of second-degree domestic assault against Williams.

WALTHAM — There are two sides to every story, Terrence Williams said, and with that the Celtics guard then shared his Saturday, as he made his first public comments since being arrested for allegedly threatening the mother of his 10-year-old son with a gun.

Arrested earlier in the week, Williams is free on $25,000 bail while prosecutors investigate allegations of second-degree domestic assault against Williams, who spoke with reporters after working out at the team’s practice facility.

“We all know there’s two sides to every story,” said Williams, who averaged 4.6 points in 24 regular-season games with Boston this season. “That’s all I’m going to say about that, I’m not crazy. You guys have been around me for whatever, 2½ months, I’m not crazy at all.”


He added, “Before anything, I’m a father. Before anything, my job is to protect my kid. And to be there. It’s so easy as me, just dropping my son off, and something turns bad.”

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According to court documents, the woman told police that Williams pointed a gun at her during a May 19 custody exchange in a Kent, Wash., parking lot. Williams told police that he had a gun, but did not point it at the woman, according to the documents.

When pressed about whether he brandished the weapon, Williams deferred to the police report.

“Like I said, I didn’t do nothing wrong, and I didn’t do that the next person, the next man, that would have protected himself or his family wouldn’t do,” he said.

It’s unclear when prosecutors will make a decision about whether to charge Williams. If convicted, he faces possible jail time and a suspension by the NBA.


“[It’s] very frustrating, because I was there, I know what happened, and I know what didn’t happen,” he said. “To anybody reading, and everybody that’s writing these stories, it makes me out to be this bandit, whatever that guy’s name is in Public Enemy No. 1, a long time ago, John Dillinger. It made me be like I was him.”

Williams added, “All you can do is pray and move forward, that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life [any time] something happens.”

Williams said he has talked to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers and that they suggested the team has him in their future plans. Williams called the talks “very encouraging” but declined to get specific.

Williams’s contract for next season isn’t fully guaranteed, a fact that looms larger with the legal trouble he is now facing. The former Louisville standout and lottery pick by the Nets stands to earn about $950,000 if the team doesn’t cut or waive him by Oct. 31.

The Celtics have until June 30 before $200,000 of his contract becomes guaranteed.


At the time of the incident, Williams, a Seattle native, said he was scheduled to fly to Boston “when I was put in handcuffs.” After being arrested, he spent Sunday in King County jail.

Williams said he was glad to be back in Boston, wearing Celtics practice gear instead of the red jumpsuit he wore during his arraignment.

“This is my uniform, [as] opposed to the picture that was put out, of me in a different uniform over Twitter,” he said. “I feel good. It’s in God’s hands. At the end of the day, two sides to every story. I feel like if I’ve done something wrong, you wouldn’t see me right now.”

Evaluation time

With Rivers present, the Celtics finished the second day of predraft workouts, which featured six players: four point guards and two centers.

The point guards: Myck Kabongo of Texas, Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, Miami’s Shane Larkin, and Missouri’s Phil Pressey. The centers: Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams and Creighton’s Greg Echenique.

On Friday, the Celtics hosted six other players, also four guards (Marquette’s Vander Blue, Virginia Tech’s Erick Green, Providence’s Ricky Ledo, and Louisville’s Peyton Siva) and two centers (Colorado State’s Colton Iverson and Kansas’ Jeff Withey).

The Celtics have the 16th overall pick in the June 27 draft and no second-round picks.

Several of the 12 players they hosted are projected to be second-round picks, outside of perhaps Larkin, Adams, and Green, who are projected to be drafted in the first round.

However, the Celtics need help at both the point guard position, where there is no capable backup to Rajon Rondo, and at center, where the only player at that position currently on the team’s roster heading into next season is Fab Melo.

Assistant coach Jay Larranaga ran the workouts and said they went well.

When asked whether the team was tipping its hand about who it would draft because it was only working out point guards and centers, Larranaga said those type of decisions are left to Ainge.

“My job is to run the workout,” Larranaga said. “Whoever they bring in, the four, five, six guys that come in, we try to put them through a tough workout where they can show all their different skills.

“I have no idea what Doc and Danny are looking for, I think so far we’ve had 12 really good players, and all of them with NBA potential, so they’re obviously doing a great job of getting guys in there.”

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