40 Powerful Jayson Williams Quotes

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Which are your favorite Jayson Williams quotes?

Jayson Williams is an American retired basketball player. He is most famously known when he played in the biggest professional basketball league in the world, the National Basketball Association (NBA), for the renowned teams “Philadelphia 76ers” and “New Jersey Nets”.

Williams started out his passion for basketball when he played in both high school and college basketball leagues in New York City. He then first got drafted into the NBA by the widely celebrated team, the ‘Phoenix Suns’ which were thereafter traded to the 76ers.

Williams notably announced his retirement in the year 2000 due to a leg injury. Afterward, he continues his passion about basketball through writings. Williams has successfully authored 3 books to date.

Here’s a collection of the best Jayson Williams quotes:


40 Powerful Jayson Williams Quotes

1. “Alcohol is the cause of all my problems.” – Jayson Williams

2. “I want to see the birth of my baby. Hopefully, it’s a boy. He can play for St. John’s.” – Jayson Williams

3. “I want to be here, for my family. I want to be here for my baby. I want to see the birth of my baby.” – Jayson Williams

4. “Every day people say you got to move on with your life. You have to move on. And you just can’t.” – Jayson Williams

5. “People go, ‘Jay, come do this man, it’d be good for your image,’ and, ‘C’mon Jay, this will show that you’re doing things to redeem yourself.’ But you have to be very careful of being used in situations not for the glory of God but for the glory of the individual.” – Jayson Williams

6. “I give God all the glory. And try to move on. Come home and hug my wife and my children. And thank God for every day that I have with my family.” – Jayson Williams

7. “If it wasn’t for prison, I was in a bad way.” – Jayson Williams

8. “I could have been better. That’s my goal now, to be better.” – Jayson Williams

9. “I’d be a liar if I told you I wasn’t trying to help myself. But I truly don’t want to see anybody cause any more pain to anybody. And I don’t want to see anybody in a cage, man.” – Jayson Williams


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10. “First of all putting God first, dying to my ego and staying sober, which is always a struggle.” – Jayson Williams


11. “Athletes and celebrities come out of jail, and most of them go back to play or they go back to making movies or songs, but they never go back and explain to somebody how one mistake or one accident will change your life forever and really mean it.” – Jayson Williams

12. “But one of the things I wanted to make sure I did in prison, I wanted to be remorseful, I wanted to repent — to change truly, to be a better person every day — and I wanted to reform. And when I got out I wanted God to give me resolution.” – Jayson Williams

13. “Some days I just save the community, some days I just have to wake up and save myself. But it has to be the other way around.” – Jayson Williams

14. “Everybody thinks they’re so tough and they can go to jail.” – Jayson Williams

15. “People say, ‘Jay, you’re a great guy, you just had a couple of bad nights.’ People that have themselves under control don’t have a couple of bad nights like that. Plain and simple.” – Jayson Williams

16. “I don’t think there is a person who loves the Nets as much as I do – from our fans, all the employees in the arenas, the front office personnel, and the owners. I will always be loyal to our fans and the Nets.” – Jayson Williams

17. “I’ll say life is simpler.” – Jayson Williams

18. “I can’t understand when people go to jail and come back out and don’t wanna tell nobody. Man, tell somebody how bad this thing is so they don’t have to go there.” – Jayson Williams

19. “One of things I never stopped, even after the accident, was doing charity events like I was doing before.” – Jayson Williams


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20. “I will never be able to move on as much as people would like me to.” – Jayson Williams


21. “If I had to think of what I would do different in my whole career, it’s that I never would have picked up a beer, bottle of vodka. That definitely changed my life. That is an Achilles’ heel for me.” – Jayson Williams

22. “In prison, you quickly learn instincts you didn’t know you had, such as how people walk.” – Jayson Williams

23. “I never imagined I’d be leaving the house at 5:30 in the morning and working 18-hour days. And I think I make it more difficult than it has to be at certain times by trying to save the world.” – Jayson Williams

24. “I lost my way for a long time.” – Jayson Williams

25. “I have a beautiful family. I want to be here, for my family.” – Jayson Williams

26. “It’s a fine line and you can’t be everywhere and be everything to everybody and I think that’s what got me into a lot of situations before because I wanted everybody to like me.” – Jayson Williams

27. “And I think learning how to say no. I learned how to say no in prison because that’s a big word in prison. No, you can’t have my food. No, you can’t have my body. No, you can’t have all my time. No, I don’t agree with you. No, you’re not getting that ball on that bogus call.” – Jayson Williams

28. “I’ve never seen a newbie go to jail and not cry the first two months every night, scream and have to get suicide prevention in front of his cell.” – Jayson Williams

29. “It’s a sin to swear.” – Jayson Williams


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30. “That’s what prison did for me, it isolated me, you know, it polished me up like a stone.” – Jayson Williams


31. “The only one that brought me peace and comfort being locked in a cage and trying to forgive myself and have other people forgive me was God.” – Jayson Williams

32. “We’re like Iraq. We’re hiding missiles. We’ve got two missiles in reserve.” – Jayson Williams

33. “I never understood it on the airplane when people said, ‘Put on your own oxygen mask first,’ and I was like, ‘Why wouldn’t you want to put it on your parents or your kids first?’ You gotta get healthy first before you can truly help somebody.” – Jayson Williams

34. “I honestly believe I could have become one of the most dangerous people in prison with my influence and my stature and my finances.” – Jayson Williams

35. “I always relate respectfully with blue-collar people.” – Jayson Williams

36. “My fellow peers. People who all deserve second chances made mistakes, and people that know the Bible will forgive them if they want forgiveness. Nobody that I was better than and nobody that was better than me. Just my fellow peers, that’s who was in there with me.” – Jayson Williams

37. “I went down and played with Magic Johnson at his all-star game in Atlanta. I remember Magic stopped the game and said, We need you here with us in L.A.” – Jayson Williams

38. “But when I got out, I caught myself being in the whirlwind [like] before I went in when sometimes people take advantage of your time.” – Jayson Williams

39. “I think right now I’m much more focused on not minding other people’s business. If you like me, I love it. If you don’t, that’s your business and I can’t mind it because I got too many things to do.” – Jayson Williams

40. “I think no athlete wants to end his career on an injury.” – Jayson Williams



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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