WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics guard Terrence Williams said that he was trying to protect himself and his 10-year-old son earlier this month when he was arrested for brandishing a gun during a visitation exchange with the mother of his child in Kent, Wash.
Williams, who is free on $25,000 bail while prosecutors investigate allegations of second-degree assault, worked out at the team's practice facility on Saturday and spoke openly at times about his legal process with reporters on hand for the team's pre-draft workouts.
"We all know there’s two sides to every story," said Williams. "That’s all I’m going to say about that, I’m not crazy. You guys have been around me for whatever 2 ½ months, I’m not crazy at all."
Later he added, "Before anything, I’m a father. Before anything, my job is to protect my kid. And to be there... Just dropping my son off, and something turns bad. It doesn’t affect me, because I’m a father at the end of the day -- no basketball, no NBA, no nothing. I’m a father. I’m fortunate to be here, to be able to work out, to be able to come to this facility and still be on the team now. I can’t let it affect me because the people that are saying the negative things, they don’t really control my life or my future."
Williams expressed frustration at being portrayed as the villain despite a lack of charges brought against him to this point.
"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 Enemies'... John Dillinger. It made me be like I was him. It’s very frustrating, because I know what happened, and what didn’t happen. All you can do is pray and move forward. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life when something happens."
Asked if he brandished a gun during the exchange, Williams deferred to police reports, noting, "I think there’s reports out that say what happened, so if you guys want to read that, that’s available to read. Like I said, I didn’t do anything wrong, and I didn’t do what the next person, the next man, would have [done to] protect himself or his family."
Williams said he has spoken with both Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers about his future and suggested the team envisions him as part of their future plan.
"We talked about the future, and I was part of that. Everything else, is between us," said Williams. Asked if that was an encouraging vote of confidence from his employer, Williams added, "Very encouraging. Because everybody writes a million stories that I’m just this horrible person. Whatever, I’ve been used to that my whole life, for 25 years."
Williams said he was actually scheduled to fly to Boston on Sunday, May 19, when he was arrested by police away from the scene of the altercation. He reportedly spent that night in jail and posted bail on Monday. He was scheduled to be back in court in Washington on Wednesday, but prosecutors needed more time to investigate the incident. Williams was able to fly to Boston and start working again with the goal of making Boston's roster for the 2013-14 season.
Williams is scheduled to earn $948,000 if he makes the Celtics’ roster next season. His contract is initially fully nonguaranteed, but has checkpoints that unlock portions of his salary. The Celtics have until June 30 before $200,000 of Williams’ contract becomes guaranteed (jumping to $300,000 on Sept. 1, and becoming fully guaranteed on Oct. 31 near the start of the 2013-14 season).
Williams said it was a relief to be able to wear the Celtics uniform Saturday after photos of him in a prison jumpsuit surfaced following his court appearance on Monday.
"It feels great that I’m able to be here, 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, there's two sides to every story. I feel like if I’ve done something wrong, you wouldn’t see me right now."