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Former Boston College center Sean Williams, now with the New Jersey Nets, was arrested on the Chestnut Hill campus for violating a trespass order prohibiting him from the university. He was invited to attend the Duke game, an Eagles victory, by members of the basketball coaching staff, approved by Coach Al Skinner. However, the athletic and police departments apparently were not on the same page and Williams was detained in violation of the order.
He supposedly drew the attention of police because he was near a vehicle that smelled of marijuana. His propensity for the substance is going to be his downfall as it was a major factor in his dismissal from the BC team in January 2007. He got a late start on his college career because of it and even attended John Lucas’ camp in Texas in an attempt to get past it. A talented player, primarily on the defensive-end, he is known for his shot-blocking ability. In 2006-2007, he was third in the ACC in total blocks, with 75, 10 behind the conference leader, despite only playing in 15 games. He is a little slight to play center in the NBA, but fit the bill while with the Eagles, forming an impressive front-court with Craig Smith and Jared Dudley. BC may have made a deeper run in the tournament if they had him on the team in 2007.
He exacerbated the situation by signing the fingerprint card and trespass warning with obscenities and missed his arraignment. The judge rescheduled his arraignment for a date that should be a bit more convenient for him: March 5, the day after the Nets visit the Celtics. It is sad to see a player waste talent because of injuries, but it is even more frustrating to see a player’s career derailed by an addiction or other off-court issues. I hope he can get back on track and make headlines on a court, not in one.