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Former New Jersey Nets Jayson Williams Dubbed “Moses of Rikers” While In Prison

by BSO Staff | Posted on Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I know we haven’t forgotten about Jayson Williams. The former NBA player who is currently serving a one year sentence for DWI after serving 18 months for aggravated assault. Sound too common? Well, if you still don’t remember Williams, he accidentally shot and killed a limo driver in 2002 at his New Jersey mansion.

It looks like Williams has found Christianity while in prison at Rikers. The New York Post has the details..

Jailed basketball star Jayson Williams has transformed himself into a churchgoing mentor to other prisoners at Rikers Island — earning him the nickname “The Moses of Rikers.”

Christopher Hughes, who was incarcerated at Rikers for 100 days with the former New Jersey Net, tells us the baller is beloved by all behind bars with him, from crackheads to gangbangers.

“People treat him like a star,” said Hughes, who was released from Rikers last week after serving time for reckless assault. “Every single person shakes his hand. He is like Moses, the Moses of Rikers.

 He described how Williams, 43, attends church and leads Bible-study classes every day.

“Jayson would sign people’s Bibles,” Hughes told us. “I would ask him why, and he’d say, ‘Fake it till you make it.’ I thought he was saying, ‘If I can get them in the door through this signature, then at least I got them in the room to see Christ.’ ”

Williams worked as a suicide-prevention assistant for a week on the midnight shift, to help inmates who were contemplating killing themselves, Hughes told us.

Jayson, also a former Philadelphia 76er, who receives “tons” of mail and spends four hours a day writing back, is also penning a second book, “Humbled,” which includes the bombshell that he was sexually abused as a child.

“It’s raw,” said Hughes, who read excerpts while in prison.

Williams works out daily, but Hughes said he reluctantly plays basketball to cheer up inmates: “People would scream out the windows, ‘Jay, dunk it, man! Dunk it!’ He’d have to dunk once a day!”

Williams’ manager, Akhtar Farzaie, confirmed Hughes’ account.

Good for him. Refreshing to read that Williams has turned his life around for the better. I know being locked up is something that can drive a person crazy so it’s nice he finds comfort in his new faith.

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  1. Dennis K. Webster (Deacon) says:

    Jayson Williams was a member of our church in the past – prior to and during his legal difficulties. To say that Jayson “found Christianity” while incarcerated is an incorrect statement. I knew Jayson personally and had/have a great deal of respect for him. I have witnessed him on many occasions practicing his faith. Because he made a terrible mistake – and it cost another human being his life – does not mean Jayson is not a good man, nor does it make him any less a Christian than I am. We Christians err from time to time and try to “pick ourselves up” and sin no more. That is a lifetime battle for most of us. One thing we are sure of – Jesus forgives our sins/trespasses. I am confident Jayson will continue to make a positive impact upon those who come in contact with him. I know God will continue to look over Jayson, his family, his loved ones.

  2. A.W. says:

    I, too, have known Jayson for many years and have found him to be one of the most caring people I have ever met. He has a huge heart that has always sought after God–although at times he strayed from the straight and narrow. But he always had a sensitivity for people and for the things that matter to God. It is no surprise that he has used his time behind bars to minister to others. Very rarely do you ever know all the good that Jayson does–to this day I still hear stories (new to me) of how Jayson has helped others.I suspect the stories of his compassionate nature will continue to surface long after he leaves prison. God bless you, Jayson, and remember there are so many people who truly know and love you for who you are. God has great plans for you as you move forward (Jeremiah 29:11)

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