He is the man of multiple talents who grew up with active participation in indoor as well as outdoor games. Jay Williams is an American basketball player who is currently working as a college basketball analyst. Williams is one of the few men to follow his childhood interest into adulthood and hence lead to a successful career. He enjoyed a productive stint in the college basketball winning several awards and honors and was part of US National Team in FIFA World Championship.
Welcomed Daughter With Wife!
Congratulations to the 37-year-old ESPN's Jay Williams who inaugurated a journey of fatherhood! The American former basketball player and his wife Nikki Bonacorsi welcomed their baby daughter Amelia Brooklyn-Rose on 10 October 2018. Jay proudly shared the short clip of his daughter on Twitter and wrote,
Would love to introduce all of you to my life.... please say hello to Amelia Brooklyn-Rose Williams.
Jay's excitement for the anticipated birth of his daughter was quite visible on his Instagram. Before the birth of Amelia, he shared several clips and posts in which the former 'Austin Toros' NBA player marked the enthusiasm for his big day. After his wife, Nikky safely delivered their daughter; Jay shared tiny footprints of the new-born toddler.
Jay Williams and his wife, Nikki Bonacorsi welcomed their daughter Amelia Brooklyn-Rose on 10 October 2018 (Photo: Instagram)
The ESPN television analyst revealed that he and his wife were expecting their daughter just two days after tying the knot with Nikki on 3 May 2018. In the reveal party at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Jay declared that the couple is expecting their daughter to be born in October 2018.
A Short-Lived Career
Beginning at an early, he came to prominence after playing basketball in high school. He had excellent performance as a player and made some remarkable achievements too.
In college, he was named ACC Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News. In 2001, he led the team to NCAA National Championship and earned NABC Player of the Year honors.
Williams was considered the best player while in college, winning both Naismith Award and Wooden Award in 2002 as College Basketball’s Player of the year. In 2002, Williams was selected by the Chicago Bulls but could only spend a year there.
An Accident That Cost His Career
In 2003, his life took a different turn. He met an accident that changed his life forever. His injuries included dislocation of the ligament in his knee, fractured pelvis and severed main nerve in his leg.
Following the accident, he did some work for ESPN in 2003 but didn’t join full time until 2008. He tried to resume his basketball career, but it wasn't that easy after the injury.
His career couldn’t make a comeback after it. The stats that he recorded during college career became distant, and he chose to become the motivational speaker, analyst, and recruiter for sports. He also released his autobiography.
His accident didn’t only impact on his career but also mental health causing him to be estranged from family.
And now, he is the spokesperson of Vision Federal Credit Union. He receives a remarkable salary from several jobs and has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Personal Life And Relationship!!
The former basketball player was dating the television host and sportscaster of Fox Sports 1 and NBC, Charissa Thompson. He appeared in different events with his girlfriend. They first got together when employed by the World Wide Leader in 2011. They also co-hosted ‘Numbers Never Lie’ and ‘ESPN First Take.’
The couple, however, ended their relationship 2014 without revealing the reason for their split.
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While he was single, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said that he would like to get married soon. He also confessed that he couldn’t wait to be a loyal husband and lead a happy life. He also couldn’t wait to become a dad.
Unlike many other players, he hasn't surrounded rumors of being gay.
Jay Williams currently aged 35 was born on 10th September 1981 in Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S. According to the wiki, his mother and father are David Williams and Althea Williams respectively. He is an American national and belongs to African-American ethnicity.
The famous player stands tall at the height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs 88 kg. Despite the big difficulties, he has kept his spirit high and leads a happy life.