(CBS) In an in-depth interview with the New York Times, former Bulls guard Jay Williams opened up about his brief stint in the NBA.
One of Williams’ revelations about his time with the Bulls was that teammates were actually smoking marijuana before games.
“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said: “There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’ ”
Williams’ accusations upset more than one of his former teammates. K.C. Johnson reached out to six players from that 2002-03 team, all of whom denied using marijuana.
“I like Jay, but when you make blanket statements, you incriminate everyone,” said Rick Brunson, currently a Bobcats assistant coach. “You have to look in the mirror first: ‘Did I contribute to some of those things?’ Your career didn’t go the way it should’ve gone. Let it go. You’re doing a great job on ESPN. You should be honored and blessed the Bulls paid you.”
Donyell Marshall, who played with the Bulls for the 2002-03 season, was a little more outspoken.
“My thing is, why say these things now?” Marshall told the Tribune. “You don’t need to be making people assume. You’re messing up situations for other people. Now, instead of Fred (Hoiberg, coach of Iowa State) focusing on the NCAA tournament or whatever, he’s got to deal with that (crap).”