Former Friar, Celtic Eric Williams is Homeless

Thursday, July 03, 2014


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Former Providence College basketball star and 12-year NBA veteran Eric Williams is homeless, according to TMZ Sports.

“When you hear something like this, it is always a shock,” said John Rooke, the Friars’ play-by-play man for the past 25 years.  Eric was always very personable, easy to get along with, and popular with his teammates and coaches.  Clearly, he lost sight along the way, and I hope he can find his way back soon.”

Williams made nearly $40 million in his NBA career.  TMZ reported that Williams owed $24,000 in back child support payments, but did not receive a letter summoning to a child support meeting because a "court-ordered citation for me to appear was not delivered to my home address as I have no home."

Williams scored over 1,000 points in his 2-year Friars career after transferring to PC before his junior season.  He was one of the key pieces on the PC team that won the 1994 Big East Championship.

Drafted by the Celtics with the 14th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Williams’ career got off to a promising start before a torn ACL in his third season stunted his progress. He went on to establish himself as a solid role player, playing for 7 different NBA teams and averaging 8.6 points per game for his career.


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