wing Terrence Williams (left) has reportedly been arrested. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Sport)
Police in Kent, Wa., announced Sunday that Celtics guard/forward Terrence Williams was arrested after he allegedly made threats with a gun during what is being called a domestic violence incident.
The Kent Reporter reports that police took Williams into custody after he allegedly waved a gun during an argument with the mother of his child.
At about 1:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to meet the victim who resides in the downtown Kent area. The victim reported that the father of her 10-year-old son in common, identified as NBA basketball player Terrence D. Williams, arrived to her home for a scheduled visitation exchange of their son. She said during the exchange in the parking lot area an argument ensued. The victim reported that during the argument Williams brandished a firearm and made threats.
"We investigate and treat all cases such as this very seriously regardless of the status of those involved" said Police Detective Melanie Frazier.
The Seattle Times also reports the police account.
The woman told police that Williams had a scheduled visitation exchange with the boy on Sunday, and during the exchange in a downtown Kent parking lot, the two began arguing. The woman told police that Williams brandished a firearm and made threats. He then left the area.
Police said they later located Williams and took him into custody.
After spending the opening portion of the 2012-13 season playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, Williams signed a 10-day with the Celtics in February. He then signed a multi-year contract with the Celtics in March that will carry him through the 2013-14 season, although his salary for next season is not yet guaranteed.
Williams averaged 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24 appearances for the Celtics this season. The Boston Herald reported Williams thoughts on his future in Boston after the Celtics were eliminated by the Knicks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
“It’s definitely been a whirlwind,” the 6-foot-6 Williams said. “One, I can’t believe it’s over. Two, I can’t believe it’s over. And, three, I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. ... I think in the playoff games I was in, I’ve done that. So I think I can help the team. I definitely do. ... I think I’ve grown up — a lot — in the past couple of months. I’d be happy to be here . . . of course.”
Selected by the Nets with the No. 11 pick in the 2009 draft, Williams has spoken openly about growing up in poverty.
The New York Times reported in 2009 that Williams grew up in Section 8 housing and that both of his parents spent time in jail.
Mr. Williams’s father, Edgar, was murdered in April 1993, only hours after being released from prison, in an apparent retaliation for helping prosecutors build a drug case against a gang member. His mother, Sherry Jackson, also in prison, was allowed to attend the funeral, but Mr. Williams’s memories include Ms. Jackson in chains and his own inconsolability when she was taken away as soon as the funeral was over.
Mr. Williams and a younger sister had been living with an aunt but were later reunited with their mother and were eventually joined by a tide of relatives and a new baby brother.
“Two uncles, two aunties, a little cousin, grandma and us in a three-bedroom house on one floor,” Mr. Williams said. “There was no space, no such thing as your own stuff. You could have a pair of shoes, size 10 and your uncle wears an 8, and you come home and he’s wearing four pair of socks so he can fit into your shoes.”
CSNNE.com reported in April that Williams said that he has been "paying the bills" in his family since he was 13 years old after the murder of his father.
“I don't remember anything,” Williams said. “The only image I really have is when he was in jail and I was taking him some shoes with my mom for him to have. I can't tell you any stories of, 'Oh I remember this one time playing at the park.' I've always in the past tried to remember – it’s the hardest thing to do. You can't have a memory of something that you don't think ever happened. So to me, I didn't have a father. I had a dad, I had somebody that birthed me. But it's just blank.”
Williams was suspended by the Nets for two games in Nov. 2010 for violating team rules. A few months later, he was traded to the Rockets, who released him in March 2012.
Williams, 25, holds career averages of 7.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in four seasons with the Nets, Rockets, Kings
and Celtics. He played his high school basketball at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School. Kent is located roughly 20 miles south of Seattle.