7 NBA Players Who Had Near Death Experiences

jay williams motorcycle accident


Jay Williams was the second overall pick for the Bulls in the 2002 NBA draft. Despite inconsistent play and having to share minutes with Jamal Crawford, he showed a lot of promise and even posted a triple double during his rookie year. He could’ve possibly been the guy to fill the void between Micheal Jordan and Derrick Rose, but then threw it all away.

Not only was riding a motorcycle a violation of his NBA contract, he also did it without a helmet or an Illinois license. He ended up crashing into a light post on the north side of Chicago, suffering a severed main nerve in his leg, fractured pelvis and three dislocated ligaments in his left knee including the ACL. This effectively ended his NBA career, but he was very lucky it didn’t take his life as well.